“Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?” James 2:25
Question: What dost thou understand by the words, “He suffered”? Answer: That He, all the time that He lived on earth, but especially at the end of His life, sustained in body and soul, the wrath of God against the sins of all mankind: that so by His passion, as the only propitiatory sacrifice, He might redeem our body and soul from everlasting damnation, and obtain for us the favor of God, righteousness and eternal life. Heid. Catechism, Lord’s Day 15.
“Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest He that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.” Heb. 11:28
“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figure of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with the blood of others: For then must He often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath He appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.” Hebrews 9:24-26
Ques. 52. What comfort is if to thee that, “Christ shall come again to judge the quick and the dead”? Ans. That in all my sorrows and persecutions, with uplifted head I wait for the very same Person, Who before offered Himself for my sake, to the tribunal of God, and has removed all curse from me, to come as judge from heaven: Who shall cast all His and my enemies into everlasting condemnation, and shall translate me with all His chosen ones to Himself into heavenly joys and glory. Heidelberg Catechism. Lord’s Day 19.
Amram and Jochebed, the parents of Moses, both of the tribe of Levi—why are they mentioned here inHebrews 11? What a difference between all these “heroes” of faith! What deeds of faith are listed of Abraham! And notice what we read in the verses 33-34. But all that we read of Amram and Jochebed is that they hid Moses for three months! One might ask: how can this be considered an act of faith? Is this not the least that one might expect of them?
“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter…..” Hebrews 11:24-26
Ques. 34. Wherefore callest thou him our Lord? Ans. Because he hath redeemed us, both soul and body, from all our sins, not with gold or silver, but with his precious blood, and hath delivered us from all the power of the devil, and thus made us his own property. Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 13.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11