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Heidelberg Catechism - Lord's Day 13

May 5, 2014 by Dan Valentine 0 comments

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"Because of Adam's sin, we are by nature children of wrath and sons of disobedience (Eph. 2:2-3). We are not born of God as if it were our right as human beings. Rather, we must be made children of God by adoption. In the fullness of time, 'God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might recieve adoption as sons' (Gal. 4:4-5). 

The Sonship of Jesus Christ, then, is different from ours in that we became children of God, whereas Jesus Christ has always been God's Son. Jesus was not made the Son of God at His incarnation as if some new title or identity was conferred upon Him. The Son of God was the Son of the Father even before Creation (Heb. 1:2). His Sonship is eternal. Ours is not. That's the differnece. By nature, we are not God's children, whereas Christ is by nature the Son of God." Kevin DeYoung. The Good News We Almost Forgot. 71.

 

Question 33: Why is He called God's "Only Son" when we also are God's children?

Answer: Becuase Christ alone is the eternal, natural Son of God. We, however, are adopted children of God - adopted by grace through Christ.

 

Question 34: Why do you call Him "Our Lord"?

Answer: Because - not with gold or silver, but with His precious blood - He has set us free from sin and the tyranny of the devil, and has bought us, body and soul, to be His very own. 

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