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Heidelberg Catechism | Set to Rhyme & Music | Aart Blokhuis | May 22/11 |
Melody: Johannes G. Bastiaans, 1868 (Hymn 50 BOP “The Spirit came as promised in God’s appointed hour”)
Lord’s Day 6 in Song
A TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS MAN
1) Why must He be both true, and, also a righteous man?
Sinners can not atone for the sins others commit
His justice calls to all those, none born can He omit;
Sin’s weight is so severe, only God, who made man, can.
2) Why must He at the same time also be the true God?
So that He with His power, divine, human, yet pure,
The burden of God’s wrath He had also to endure,
So that He might restore all the sinners from their lot.
3) What Mediator’s both God and also righteous man?
Lord, Jesus Christ, through Him He restored, we are apprised,
Now sanctified, redeemed, for His righteousness sufficed,
That God should lift damnation, His all condemning ban.
4) Can you give me the source of the things that you have said?
His Story of redemption first told in Paradise,
It’s here that He cursed Satan, the “Father of all lies”
And patriarchs and prophets, His Son raised from the dead.
Copied from Book of Praise Anglo Genevan Psalter
Lord’s Day 6
- 16. Q. Why must he be a true and righteous man?
A. He must be a true man
because the justice of God requires
that the same human nature which has sinned
should pay for sin.1
He must be a righteous man
because one who himself is a sinner
cannot pay for others.2
1 Rom 5:12, 15; 1 Cor 15:21; Heb 2:14-16.
2 Heb 7:26, 27; 1 Pet 3:18.
- 17. Q. Why must he at the same time be true God?
A. He must be true God
so that by the power of his divine nature1
he might bear in his human nature
the burden of God’s wrath,2
and might obtain for us
and restore to us
righteousness and life.3
1 Is 9:6.
2 Deut 4:24; Nahum 1:6; Ps 130:3.
3 Is 53:5, 11; Jn 3:16; 2 Cor 5:21.
- 18. Q. But who is that Mediator
who at the same time is true God
and a true and righteous man?
A. Our Lord Jesus Christ,1
who became to us wisdom from God,
righteousness and sanctification
and redemption (1 Cor 1:30).
1 Mt 1:21-23; Lk 2:11; 1 Tim 2:5; 3:16.
19. Q. From where do you know this?
A. From the holy gospel,
which God himself first revealed in Paradise.1
Later, he had it proclaimed
by the patriarchs2 and prophets,3
by the sacrifices and other ceremonies
of the law.4
Finally, he had it fulfilled
through his only Son.5
1 Gen 3:15.
2 Gen 12:3; 22:18; 49:10.
3 Is 53; Jer 23:5, 6; Mic 7:18-20; Acts 10:43; Heb 1:1.
4 Lev 1-7; Jn 5:46; Heb 10:1-10.
5 Rom 10:4; Gal 4:4, 5; Col 2:17.