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The Substitute Redeemer We Need

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Date: AM
Text: I Timothy 2; LD 6
Psalters: 131, 73, 117, 69
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (2012-13)
Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
  1. Who He must be.
    1. A mediator stands between and brings together two parties that are at odds with each other.
    2. A deliverer or redeemer is one who buys back a slave or captive by paying a ransom.
    3. Jesus is both Mediator and Redeemer, and thus is the Savior (5; Hebrews 8:6; 9:15; 12:24).
      1. Jesus accomplished reunion by putting away our sins and by establishing the covenant of grace.
      2. Jesus redeems us from sin, and frees us from the power of Satan, purchasing our redemption with His blood (Eph. 1:7).
  2. The Mediator and Redeemer must meet certain qualifications.
    1. He had to be real man, for man sinned.
      1. He must have a real and complete human nature.
      2. But his humanity must be sinless, free from any self-deserved punishment.
    2. And He must be true God.
  3. Who alone has these qualifications? Our Lord Jesus Christ.
    1. God sent His Son to us out of free grace.
    2. Jesus met the three qualifications.
      1. He was completely human, born of a woman.
      2. He was a perfectly righteous man, free from all original and actual sin and from all sinfulness.
      3. He is God, the Second Person of the Trinity, co-equal with the Father and the Holy Spirit (I Tim. 3:16; I Jn. 5:20).
    3. The union of the Divine Son with the human nature is called the “Incarnation.”
    4. In Christ we have complete redemption and righteousness, for Christ is a complete and the all-sufficient Savior.

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