Saturday, 21 September 2013

Saturday - truly Divine and truly Human

Prayer:  Open our minds to Your wisdom O Lord.  Open our minds to Your strength O Lord.  Open our hearts to Your love O Lord so that with wisdom and strength and love we can share the life You give to those who need You this day.  Amen.

Westminster Confession of Faith  Shorter Catechism Question #21 “Who is the Redeemer of God’s  elect?”

Answer:  “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.”

Read 1 Timothy 2: 5

John 1: 14

Christ, our Redeemer,  is truly divine and truly human.  This phrase has been debated in the Church for thousands of years.  For decades when the Church fathers were writing out the Creeds,  the Divinity and the humanness of Christ was a problem.  Some of the Church fathers stated that Jesus was all Divine.  Some of the Church father said Jesus was truly Divine but also truly human.   But then after spending much time in prayer and thought and study and meditation,  finally the Creeds now say with boldness that Christ is truly Divine and truly human.   

The word “redeemer” is not one that we use in our everyday language.  To redeem means to save someone from sin, error, and evil.   (Oxford Dictionary).    That is a really big list.  To save someone from 1.  Sin   and then  2.  Error,  and then 3. Evil.    Phew!

Christ is our Redeemer.  Hallelujah!

 Prayer:   Jesus Christ our Lord,  You are truly human and truly divine.  You walked amongst us and told us about the wonderful love of God.  This day,  may we share this wonderful love with  those who are living in pain and anguish who need Your love.  Amen.

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