LORD’S DAY 6
Q. 16. Why must He be very man, and also perfectly righteous?
A. Because the justice of God requires that the same human nature which hath sinned should likewise make satisfaction for sin;1 and one who is himself a sinner cannot satisfy for others.2
- Rom. 5:12, 15.
- 1 Pet. 3:18; Isa. 53:11.
Q. 17. Why must He in one person be also very God?
A. That He might, by the power of His Godhead, sustain in His human nature the burden of God’s wrath;1 and might obtain for, and restore to us, righteousness and life.2
- 1 Pet. 3:18; Acts 2:24; Isa. 53:8.
- 1 John 1:2; Jer. 23:6; 2 Tim. 1:10; John 6:51.
Q. 18. Who then is that Mediator, who is in one person both very God and a real righteous man?
A. Our Lord Jesus Christ,1 who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.2
- Mat. 1:23; 1 Tim. 3:16; Luke 2:11.
- 1 Cor. 1:30.
Q. 19. Whence knowest thou this?
A. From the holy gospel, which God Himself first revealed in Paradise; 1 and afterwards published by the patriarchs and prophets,2 and represented by the sacrifices3 and other ceremonies of the law; and, lastly, has fulfilled it by His only begotten Son.4
- Gen. 3:15.
- Gen. 22:17, 18; Gen. 28:14; Rom. 1:2; Heb. 1:1; John 5:46.
- Heb. 10:7, 8.
- Rom. 10:4; Heb. 13:8.
LORD’S DAY 6
Our Mediator Introduced
1. Why must our Mediator be very man?
The justice of God requires that the same human nature which has sinned should make satisfaction for sin.
2. Why must He also be perfectly righteous?
One who is himself a sinner cannot satisfy for others.
3. Why must He in one person be also very God?
That He might, by the power of His Godhead sustain in His human nature the burden of God’s wrath, and obtain for us righteousness and life.
4. Who is this Mediator?
Our Lord Jesus Christ, “who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.” I Corinthians 1:30.
5. From what source do we know that Christ is made unto us redemption?
From the holy gospel.
6. Was the holy gospel revealed in the Old Testament?
It was first revealed in Paradise, and afterwards published by the patriarchs and prophets. Genesis 3:15; Romans 1:2; Hebrews 1:1.
7. Was the gospel later revealed in the Old Testament?
Yes, it was represented by the sacrifices and other ceremonies of the law. Hebrews 10:7, 8.
8. How was that gospel finally fulfilled?
By God’s only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. John 1:1, 14, 18; Romans 10:4.
9. Where is the gospel revealed to us today?
In the Bible, which is the written Word of God. II Timothy 3:15-17.
10. But are you sure that the Bible is the Word of God?
Yes, first, the Bible itself teaches us this, II Peter 1:20-21; and, secondly, the Spirit testifies of this in our hearts, I Corinthians 2:12.