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Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 6

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[The divinity and humanity of Christ can be presented as if they are a bit obscure: points of doctrine, yes, but not ones that seem to have an awful lot to do with anything else. For Heidelberg, as for Scripture, the divinity, humanity and sinlessness of Christ are absolutely essential, because without sinless humanity the atonement would be unrepresentative, and without divinity it would be ineffective. As such, it is not just that Jesus is the only mediator we have; Jesus is the only mediator we could have had. And we know this because the same gospel is testified to in Scripture, over and over again, in the garden, to the patriarchs, in the law, to the prophets, and then finally in the Son. "Our Lord Jesus Christ was given to us to completely deliver us, and make us right with God."]

Q16. Why must the mediator be a true and righteous human?

A16. God’s justice demands
that human nature, which has sinned,
must pay for sin;
but a sinful human could never pay for others.

Q17. Why must the mediator also be true God?

A17. So that the mediator,
by the power of his divinity,
might bear the weight of God’s wrath in his humanity
and earn for us
and restore to us
righteousness and life.

Q18. Then who is this mediator—
true God and at the same time
a true and righteous human?

A18. Our Lord Jesus Christ,
who was given to us
to completely deliver us
and make us right with God.

Q19. How do you come to know this?

A19. 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 foreshadowed it
by the sacrifices and other ceremonies of the law;
and finally God fulfilled it
through his own beloved Son.

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