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A divine Saviour

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“Why did Christ have to be true God?” asks the delightfully named Confession of Tarcal (1562) and Torda (1563). Here is the answer:

That same mediator had to be not only man but also true God, for the reasons which we will state.

1.) For first, if He were not true God, He would not be a Savior, but rather one in need of a Savior (Isa. 43:1, 3; Hos. 13:4; Jer. 14:8).

2.) Again, it is necessary that there be found before the righteousness of God parity between sin and punishment. For if the divine majesty, which is offended by sin, is infinite, then sin too is infinite and merits infinite punishment. From this, it appears that there was need of one that would suffer punishment as a man and at the same time be infinite, i.e., true God.

3.) Third, since the wrath of God is infinite there was no strength, angelic or human, great enough to bear such a burden. He had, therefore, to be not only man but also true God that was to overcome the devil, sin, the world, the wrath of God and death and to rise again (John 14:6; 2 Cor. 5:19).

4.) In order to display His incomprehensible goodness, God further did not wish to make His grace only equal to our sin, but wished to surpass it. For that reason Adam, the author of our wretchedness, was so madein the likeness of God that, nevertheless, he could be earthly, as his weakness showed; but on the contrary, the second Adam, Jesus Christ, through whom we are set free, should be true and perfect man and yet the Lord from heaven, i.e., true God, in who resided all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.

Surely, if the disobedience of Adam terrifies us greatly, the righteousness of Jesus rather establishes us much more. And we hope that the life obtained in Jesus Christ is much better than that which we lost in Adam, as Christ surpasses Adam (Rom. 5:15).

Written by Jeremy Walker

Monday 26 September 2011 at 13:10

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