Sunday, February 2, 2014

Heidelberg Catechism Lord's Day 5

Lord’s Day 5
12. Since, then, by the righteous judgment of God we
deserve temporal and eternal punishment, how may
we escape this punishment and be again received
into favor?
God wills that His justice be satisfied;[1] therefore,
we must make full satisfaction to that justice, either
by ourselves or by another.[2]
[1] Ex 20:5, 23:7; Rom 2:1-11; [2] Isa 53:11; Rom 8:3-4
13. Can we ourselves make this satisfaction?
Certainly not; on the contrary, we daily increase our
guilt.[1]
[1] Job 9:2-3, 15:15-16; Ps 130:3; Mt 6:12, 16:26; Rom
2:4-5
14. Can any mere creature make satisfaction for us?
None; for first, God will not punish any other
creature for the sin which man committed;[1] and
further, no mere creature can sustain the burden of
God’s eternal wrath against sin and redeem others
from it.[2]
[1] Ezek 18:4, 20; Heb 2:14-18; [2] Ps 130:3; Nah 1:6
15. What kind of mediator and redeemer, then, must
we seek?
One who is a true[1] and righteous man,[2] and yet
more powerful than all creatures, that is, one who is
also true God.[3]
[1] 1 Cor 15:21-22, 25-26; Heb 2:17; [2] Isa 53:11; Jer
13:16; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 7:26; [3] Isa 7:14, 9:6; Jer 23:6; Jn
1:1; Rom 8:3-4; Heb 7:15-16