Catechism 22

Why must the Redeemer be truly human? That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses. (New City Catechism) Mystery, this: the perfect life lived, Law satisfied,    and yet my death visited onContinue reading “Catechism 22”

Catechism 21

What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God? One who is truly human and also truly God. (New City Catechism)   Can both dwell in one body –             God and man,                         as though             torn asunder, the two were somehow reconciled?   As far as east is from west:Continue reading “Catechism 21”

Catechism 20

Who is the Redeemer? The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself. (New City Catechism)   From Adam’s flesh the perfect Man: God, human, redeeming what the apple’s curse has eaten.   Who else? Our kinsman, yet notContinue reading “Catechism 20”

Catechism 19

Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favour? Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer. (New City Catechism)               Yet Eve’s offspringContinue reading “Catechism 19”

Catechism 18

Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished? No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come. (New CityContinue reading “Catechism 18”

Catechism 17

What is idolatry? Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security. (New City Catechism)   Unclear the moment             when the tree ceases to be an ornament, a source of food,             a sign of flourishing,  Continue reading “Catechism 17”

Catechism 16

What is sin? Sin is rejecting God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law – resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation. (New City Catechism) The choice of the moment: a hand to reach outContinue reading “Catechism 16”

Catechism 14

Did God create us unable to keep his law? No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law. (New City Catechism)   The spirit is willing but theContinue reading “Catechism 14”

Catechism 13

Can anyone keep the law of God perfectly? Since the fall, no mere human has been able to keep the law of God perfectly, but consistently breaks it in thought, word, and deed. (New City Catechism)   All this being said – the neighbour languishes where thieves and Levites have left him.   The SamaritanContinue reading “Catechism 13”