May 5: School & Family Catechist, WSC Q. 21

THE SCHOOL & FAMILY CATECHIST.
Westminster Shorter Catechism

Q. 21. Who is the Redeemer of God’s elect?

A. The only Redeemer of God’s elect is the Lord Jesus Christ, who, being the eternal Son of God, became man, and so was, and continueth to be, God and man, in two distinct natures and one person, for ever.

EXPLICATION.

God’s elect. –Those whom God has chosen for his own people.

Jesus. –He was so called, from his being the Savior of his people.

Christ. –Anointed, or appointed, of God.

Eternal Son of God. –This teaches, that the Lord Jesus Christ was with the Father from eternity, or before the beginning of time, and must therefore be God equal with him.

ANALYSIS.

The information here given respecting the Lord Jesus Christ, may be divided into seven particulars :

1. We are first taught, that the Lord Jesus Christ is the Redeemer of God’s chosen ones. -1 Tim. ii. 5. There is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.

2. That the Lord Jesus Christ is the ONLY Redeemer, –Acts iv. 12. Neither is there salvation in any other.

3. That Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God. –John vi. 69. We believe, and are sure, that thou art Christ, the Son of the living God. Heb. i. 8. Unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.

4. That Jesus Christ became man. John i. 14. The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.

5. That he was, and still continues to be, both God and man, in two distinct natures. Rom. ix. 5. Whose are the Fathers, and of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

6. That the Lord Jesus Christ, though possessing two distinct natures, has but one person. ­–Isa. ix. 6. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

7. That he will continue thus to be God and man for ever. ­–Rev. 1. 18. I, (says Christ) am he that liveth, and was dead, and behold I am alive for evermore.

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