Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Confession of Faith, Chapter 8, Of Christ the Mediator

Chapter 8
Of Christ the Mediator

1. It pleased God, in his eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, his only begotten Son, to be the Mediator between God and man,(a) the Prophet,(b) Priest,(c) and King,(d) the Head and Savior of his church,(e) the Heir of all things,(f) and Judge of the world:(g) unto whom he did from all eternity give a people, to be his seed,(h) and to be by him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified.(i)

(a)  Isa. 42:1, 1 Pet. 1:19-20, John 3:16, 1 Tim. 2:5
(b)  Acts 3:20, 22, see Deut. 18:15
(c)  Heb. 5:5-6
(d) Ps. 2:6, Luke 1:33, see Isa. 9:5-6; Acts 2:29-36; Col. 1:13
(e) Eph. 5:23            (f) Heb. 1:2        (g) Acts 17:31
(h) John 17:6, Ps. 22:30, Isa. 53:10, Eph. 1:4
(i) I Tim. 2:6, Isa. 55:4-5, 1 Cor. 1:30, Rom. 8:30

2.  The Son of God, the second person in the Trinity, being very and eternal God, of one substance and equal with the Father, did, when the fullness of time was come, take upon him man's nature,(k) with all the essential properties, and common infirmities thereof, yet without sin,(l) being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the virgin Mary, of her substance.(m) So that two whole; perfect, and distinct natures, the Godhead and the manhood, were inseparably joined together in one person, without conversion, composition, or confusion.(n) Which person is very God, and very man, yet one Christ, the only Mediator between God and man.(o)

(k) John 1:1, 14, 1 John 5:20, Phil. 2:6, Gal. 4:4
(l) Phil. 2:7, Heb. 2:14, 16-17, Heb. 4:15
(m) Luke 1:27,31,35, Gal. 4:4, see Matt. 1:18, 20-21

3. The Lord Jesus, in his human nature thus united to the divine, was sanctified, and anointed with the Holy Spirit, above measure,(p) having in him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge;(q) in whom it pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell;(r) to the end that, being holy, harmless, undefiled, and full of grace and truth,(s) he might be thoroughly furnished to execute the office of a mediator, and surety.(t) Which office he took not unto himself, but was thereunto called by his Father,(u) who put all power and judgement into his hand, and gave him commandment to execute the same.(w)

(n) Matt. 16:16, Col. 2:9, Rom 8:5, 1 Tim. 3:16
(o) Rom. 1:3-4, 1 Tim. 2:5        (p) Ps. 45:7, John 3:34, see Isa. 61:1; Luke 4:18, Heb. 1:8-9
(q) Col. 2:3        (r) Col. 1:19      (s) Heb. 7:26, John 1:14
(t) Acts 10:38, Heb. 12:24, Heb. 7:22
(u) Heb. 5:4-5    (w) John 5:22, 27, Matt. 28:18, Acts 2:36

4.  This office the Lord Jesus did most willingly undertake;(x) which that he might discharge, he was made under the law,(y) and did perfectly fulfill it;(z) endured most grievous torments immediately in his soul,(a)  and most painful sufferings in his body;(b) was crucified, and died,(c) was buried, and remained under the power of death, yet saw no corruption.(d) On the third day he arose from the dead, (e) with the same body in which he suffered,(f) with which also he ascended into heaven, and there sitteth at the right hand of the Father,(g) making intercession,(h) and shall return, to judge men and angels, at the end of the world.(i)

(x) Ps. 40:7-8, see Heb. 10:5-10, John 4:34, John 10:18, Phil, 2:8
(y) Gal. 4:4    (z) Matt. 3:15, Matt. 5:17, Heb. 5:8-9
(a) Matt. 26:37-38, Luke 22:44, Matt. 27:46
(b) Matt. 26:67-68, Matt. 27:27-50
(c) Mark 15:24, 37, Phil. 2:8
(d) Matt. 27:60, Acts 2:24,27, Acts 13:29,37, Rom. 6:9
(e) 1 Cor. 15:3-4          (f) Luke 24:39, John 20:25,27
(g) Luke 24:50-51, 1 Pet. 3:22
(h) Rom. 8:34, Heb. 7:25, see Heb. 9:24
(1) Acts 1:11, John 5:28-29, Rom. 14:10, Acts 10:42, Matt. 13:40-42, Jude 6, see 2 Pet. 2:4

Please pray for me and for one another!

Next: continuing Chap. 8

To the Glory of God!

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