Drinking Deeply

Sunday, March 12, 2006 at 3:30 PM

Lord's Day 5

Q. According to God's righteous judgement we deserve punishment both in this world and forever after: how then can we escape this punishment and return to God's favor?
A. God requires that divine justice be satisfied. Therefore the claims of this justice must be paid in full, either by ourselves or by another.

Q. Can we pay this debt ourselves?
A. Certainly not. Actually, we increase our debt every day.

Q. Can another creature any at all pay this debt for us?
A. No. God will not punish any other creature for what a human being has committed. Besides, no mere creature can bear the weight of God's eternal wrath against sin and release others from it.

Q. What kind of mediator and redeemer should we look for then?
A. One who is truly human and perfectly righteous, yet more powerful than all creatures, that is, one who is also truly God.

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