Drinking Deeply

Sunday, March 19, 2006 at 1:15 PM

Lord's Day 6

Q. Why must the mediator be truly human and perfectly righteous?
A. God's justice demands that a human being must pay for human sin; but a sinful human could never pay for others.

Q. Why must the mediator also be truly God?
A. So that the mediator, by the power of divinity, might bear the weight of God's wrath as a human being, and earn for us and restore to us righteousness and life.

Q. Who is this mediator true God and at the same time truly human and perfectly righteous?
A. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who was given to redeem us completely and to make us right with God.

Q. How do you come to know this?
A. The holy gospel tells me. God began to reveal the gospel already in Paradise; later, God proclaimed it by the holy patriarchs and prophets and portrayed it by the sacrifices and other ceremonies of the law and, finally, fulfilled it through God's own dear Son.

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