Advent Reflection #10: 19 Reasons for the Incarnation (According to the Westminster Larger Catechism, that is….)

By my (English major’s) count, between the answers to these two Westminster Larger Catechism questions, there are at least 19 glorious reasons for the Incarnation.  Each one is worthy of our reflection, celebration, and gratitude.

Westminster Larger Catechism, Question 38

Q.  Why was it requisite that the Mediator should be God?

A.  It was requisite that the Mediator should be God, that he

might sustain and keep the human nature from sinking under the infinite wrath of God and the power of death;

give worth and efficacy to his sufferings, obedience, and intercession;

and to satisfy God’s justice,

procure his favor,

purchase a peculiar people

give his Spirit to them,

conquer all their enemies,

and bring them to everlasting salvation.

Westminster Larger Catechism, Question 39

Q.  Why was it requisite that the Mediator should be man?

A.  It was requisite that the Mediator should be man, that he might

advance our nature,

perform obedience to the law,

suffer

and make intercession for us in our nature,

have a fellow-feeling of our infirmities;

that we might receive the adoption as sons,

and have comfort

and access with boldness unto the throne of grace.

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