Vespers – Spurgeon’s Question 20

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,

  • 1 Timothy 2:5

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

  • John 1:1, 14

I and the Father are one.”

  • John 10:30

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law,

  • Galatians 4:4

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
    did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
    by taking the very nature of a servant,
    being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
    he humbled himself
    by becoming obedient to death—
        even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

  • Philippians 2:5-11

so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • 1 Timothy 3:16

For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,

  • Colossians 2:9

“Q. 20. Who is the Redeemer of God’s elect?
“A. The only Redeemer of God’s elect is the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Tim. 2:5), who being the eternal Son of God, became man (John 1:14), and so was, and continues to be God and man, in two distinct natures and one person for ever. (1 Tim. 3:16, Col. 2:9).”

  • Charles H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon’s Catechism (Scripture proofs in bold above)

“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 forever.”

  • The Shorter Catechism (Westminster Assembly)

For the Larger Catechism, this question is broken down into various parts, from questions 31 through 36.  The Larger Catechism breaks down the covenant and the mediator (a term used in the 1 Timothy 2 Scripture above.

After several weeks (several questions) defining the state in which we are in as sinners, the catechism shifts to the person of Jesus Christ, who mediates the covenant of Grace.  Through this covenant of Grace, we can have our sins washed away.

This is the Good News, that Christ came to earth and dwelt among us, and He paid the penalty the we deserve.

And now let us sing.

The following hymn, Near the Cross is sung by Acapeldridge.  Those that took last Saturday’s quiz may remember it.

  1. Jesus, keep me near the cross,
    There a precious fountain—
    Free to all, a healing stream—
    Flows from Calv’ry’s mountain.
    1. Refrain:
      In the cross, in the cross,
      Be my glory ever;
      Till my raptured soul shall find
      Rest beyond the river.
  1. Near the cross, a trembling soul,
    Love and Mercy found me;
    There the bright and morning star
    Sheds its beams around me.
  2. Near the cross! O Lamb of God,
    Bring its scenes before me;
    Help me walk from day to day,
    With its shadows o’er me.
  3. Near the cross I’ll watch and wait
    Hoping, trusting ever,
    Till I reach the golden strand,
    Just beyond the river.
  4. Frances J. “Fannie” Crosby, Near the Cross

Closing Prayer

Dear Lord,
We have all sinned.  And You have sent Your Son to Save us.  This is pure Mercy.  This is pure Grace.  We have done nothing to deserve this great gift.  We can only serve You as long as we have breath and praise You forever.
In thy Name we pray.

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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