Grace Protestant Reformed Church

The Gospel of the Mediator

Date: AM
Text: John 1; Lord's Day 6
Psalters: 227, 141, 117, 81
Series: Heidelberg Catechism (2015-16)
  1. He must be man.
    1. Was Jesus a real man? Our Mediator had to have a real human nature, but without any sin.
    2. God, by the miracle of the virgin birth, gave the Mediator our human nature which did not inherit Adam’s original sin.
      1. Jesus was born of the flesh and blood of Mary, of the seed of Abraham (Heb. 2:16). Also John 1:14; Rom. 1:3; 8:3; Gal. 4:4.
      2. As a sinless man He was free from any liability to being punished Himself.
  2. And our Mediator must be very God.
    1. He is eternally God, the second Person of the Trinity, eternally equal with the Father and the Spirit (John 10:30).
    2. The early church also debated whether Jesus was truly god.
    3. The truth is that our Savior is the person of the Son of God with two distinct natures.
  3. Jesus is presented as our perfect Mediator.
    1. He met the qualifications to be Mediator: Hebrews 2:14; I Tim. 3:16; I John 5:20.
    2. Answer 18 is a personal confession, including the confession that I need Him as Savior.
  4. How do we know Jesus the Savior? We know Him through God’s gracious revelation in the gospel.
    1. The gospel has its origin in God; it is announced by God; it is realized by God.
    2. Today we have the gospel fully revealed to us in Jesus Christ, in the Scriptures and in the true preaching of the gospel.
    3. The saving response to the gospel is to believe on Jesus Christ as our Savior, humbly confessing our sin and trusting in Him.