Drinking Deeply

Monday, July 10, 2006 at 7:26 AM

Lord's Day 16

A day late (and a few weeks overdue!)

Q. Why did Christ have to suffer "death"?
A. Because the righteousness and truth of God are such that nothing else could pay for our sins except the death of the Son of God.

Q. Why was he "buried"?
A. His burial testifies that he really died.

Q. Since Christ has died for us, why do we still have to die?
A. Our death does not pay the debt of our sins. Rather, it puts an end to our sinning and is our entrance into eternal life.

Q. What further advantage do we receive from Christ's sacrifice and death on the cross?
A. Through Christ's death our old selves are crucified, put to death, and buried with him, so that the evil desires of the flesh may no longer rule in us, but that instead we may dedicate ourselves as an offering of gratitude to him.

Q. Why does the creed add, "He descended to hell"?
A. To assure me in times of personal crisis and temptation that Christ my Lord, by suffering unspeakable anguish, pain, and terror of soul, especially on the cross but also earlier, has delivered me from the anguish and torment of hell.

That last question is mine too. Did Christ really descend into hell? I'm not entirely convinced (and according to Grudem, he's not either).


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