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Our Lord Truly Suffered.  We believe, moreover, that our Lord Jesus Christ truly suffered and died for us in the flesh, as Peter says (I Peter 4:1). We abhor the most impious madness of the Jacobites and all the Turks who execrate the suffering of the Lord. At the same time we do not deny that the Lord of glory was crucified for us, according to Paul’s words (I Corinthians 2:8). In this eleventh chapter of the Second Helvetic Confession, Heinrich Bullinger is dealing with the heart of the gospel. For that reason, this is also the heart of the...

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2023, p. 155. The Divine Nature of Christ Is Not Passible, and the Human Nature Is Not Everywhere. Therefore, we do not in any way teach that the divine nature in Christ has suffered or that Christ according to His human nature is still in this world and thus is everywhere. For neither do we think or teach that the body of Christ ceased to be a true body after His glorification, or was deified, and deified in such a way that it laid aside its properties as regards body and soul, and...

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Previous article in this series: June 2022, p. 402. Two Natures in Christ We therefore acknowledge two natures or substances, the divine and the human, in one and the same Jesus Christ our Lord (Hebrews 2). And we say that these are bound and united with one another in such a way that they are not absorbed, or confused, or mixed, but are united or joined together in one person— the properties of the natures being unimpaired and permanent. The fifth chapter of the SHC is concerned with the church’s confession that Jesus Christ is true God and true man....

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Rev. Rodney Kleyn, pastor of First Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan Lord’s Day 49 Question 124. Which is the third petition? Answer. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven; that is, grant that we and all men may renounce our own will, and without murmuring obey Thy will, which is only good; that so every one may attend to, and perform the duties of his station and calling as willingly and faithfully as the angels do in heaven. Imagine that you are an employer and that you have a workforce of angels. They never...

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Prof. Ronald Cammenga, rector and professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Southwest PRC in Wyoming, MI Christ Is True Man, Having Real Flesh We also believe and teach that the eternal Son of the eternal God was made the Son of God, from the seed of Abraham and David, not from the coitus of a man, as the Ebionites said, but was most chastely conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the ever virgin Mary, as the evangelical history carefully explains to us (Matthew 1). And Paul says: “He took...

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Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 48 Question 123. Which is the second petition? Answer. Thy kingdom come; that is, rule us so by Thy Word and Spirit, that we may submit ourselves more and more to Thee; preserve and increase Thy church; destroy the works of the devil and all violence which would exalt itself against Thee; and also, all wicked counsels devised against Thy holy Word; till the full perfection of Thy kingdom take place, wherein Thou shalt be all in all. In this second petition, which has to do with God’s kingdom, our request concerns both God and ourselves....

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Previous article in this series: January 1, 2022, p. 156. Christ Is True God. We further believe and teach that the Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, was predestinated or foreordained from eternity by the Father to be the Savior of the world. And we believe that He was born, not only when He assumed flesh of the Virgin Mary, and not only before the foundation of the world was laid, but by the Father before all eternity in an inexpressible manner. For Isaiah said: “Who can tell his generation?” (Isaiah 53:8). And Micah says: “His origin is from...

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Lord’s Day 47 Question 122. Which is the first petition? Answer. “Hallowed be thy name”; that is, grant us, first, rightly to know Thee, and to sanctify, glorify, and praise Thee in all Thy works, in which Thy power, wisdom, goodness, justice, mercy, and truth, are clearly displayed; and further also, that we may so order and direct our whole lives, our thoughts, words, and actions, that Thy name may never be blasphemed, but rather honored and praised on our account. The “Lord’s Prayer” is Jesus’ answer to the request of His disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray.” It can...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2021, p. 470. Admonitions Are Not in Vain Because Salvation Proceeds from Election. Augustine also shows that both the grace of free election and predestination, and also salutary admonitions and doctrines, are to be preached (Lib. De Dono Perseverantiae, cap. 14 ff.). The matter of the relation between election and admonitions was broached in the preceding paragraph of the Second Helvetic Confession. There Bullinger voiced the objection often raised by the opponents of predestination that the doctrine obviates all warnings, admonitions, and threats. If predestination is true, nothing can hinder the salvation of...

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Lord’s Day 46 Question 120. Why hath Christ commanded us to address God thus: “Our Father”? Answer. That immediately, in the very beginning of our prayer, He might excite in us a childlike reverence for, and confidence in God, which are the foundation of our prayer, namely, that God is become our Father in Christ, and will much less deny us what we ask of Him in true faith than our parents will refuse us earthly things. Question 121. Why is it here added, “Which art in heaven”? Answer. Lest we should form any earthly conceptions of God’s heavenly majesty,...

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