Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 14
For the church history nerds, this trajectory has fascinating implications for the communicatio idiomatum, and the political aims of the Heidelberg Catechism in bringing together Reformed and Philippist factions in the Palatinate. This will come to a head later on, when we reach the Lord's Supper.]
Q35. What does it mean that he
“was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the virgin Mary”?
A35. That the eternal Son of God,
who is and remains
true and eternal God,
took to himself,
through the working of the Holy Spirit,
from the flesh and blood of the virgin Mary,
a truly human nature
so that he might also become David’s true descendant,
like his brothers and sisters in every way
except for sin.
Q36. How does the holy conception and birth of Christ
A36. He is our mediator
and, in God’s sight,
he covers with his innocence and perfect holiness
my sinfulness in which I was conceived.