Catechism


What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?

    One who is truly human and also truly God.

    Isaiah 9:6

    For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

    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.

      Hebrews 2:17

      Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

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      Since no one can keep the law, what is its purpose?

        That we may know the holy nature and will of God, and the sinful nature and disobedience of our hearts; and thus our need of a Savior. The law also teaches and exhorts us to live a life worthy of our Savior.

        Romans 3:20

        For by works of the law no human being will be justified in God’s sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

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        What does God require in the fourth and fifth commandments?

          Fourth, that on the Sabbath day we spend time in public and private worship of God, rest from routine employment, serve the Lord and others, and so anticipate the eternal Sabbath. Fifth, that we love and honor our father and our mother, submitting to their godly discipline and direction.

          Leviticus 19:3

          Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father, and you shall keep my Sabbaths: I am the Lord your God.

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          What does God require in the first, second, and third commandments?

            First, that we know and trust God as the only true and living God.Second, that we avoid all idolatry and do not worship God improperly. Third, that we treat God’s name with fear and reverence, honoring also his Word and works.

            Deuteronomy 6:13–14

            It is the Lord your God you shall fear. Him you shall serve and by his name you shall swear. You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are around you.