English: This article pays tribute to the honouree by reflecting on the nature of Reformed confession,
including confessional documents as well as rich and complex ways of confessing.
A first section argues that the Reformed tradition is by its very nature a confessional
tradition, although confession is to be taken in a broad sense, and confessional documents
can serve many and diverse purposes and needs. A second section discusses some
aspects of the nature of Reformed confession by focusing on issues related to the authority
of confessional documents — their relation to Scripture, their historical, contextual
and linguistic nature, the fact that they are human products and therefore fallible, as
well as the need for ongoing confession and the possibility of new situations calling for
new forms of confession. A final section underlines the intimate relationship between
confession and embodiment — both ecclesiologically and ethically— according to the
Reformed understanding of the nature of confession.