Thursday, April 24, 2008

Heidelberg Catechism Lord’s day 14

Q35: What is the meaning of "conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the virgin Mary"?
A35: That the eternal Son of God, who is [1] and continues true and eternal God,[2] took upon Himself the very nature of man, of the flesh and blood of the virgin Mary,[3] by the operation of the Holy Ghost;[4] so that He might also be the true seed of David,[5] like unto His brethren in all things,[6] except for sin.[7]

1. John 1:1; Rom 1:3-4 2. Rom 9:5 3. Gal 4:4; John 1:14 4. Mat 1:18-20; Luke 1:35
5. Psa 132:11 6. Phi 2:7 7. Heb 4:15: 1Jo 5:20

Q36: What benefit do you receive from the holy conception and birth of Christ?
A36: That He is our Mediator,[1] and with His innocence and perfect holiness covers, in the sight of God, my sin, wherein I was conceived.[2]

1. Heb 2:16-17 2. Psa 32:1; 1Jo 1:9

DF questions:

a) Which 2 gospels clearly demonstrate the virgin birth?

b) What reasons does the Bible give, for Jesus being born of Mary?
Gal 4:4-5, Heb 4:15, Heb 2:14-18

c) Was Mary a sinner? (Rom 3:23)

d) Is original sin only passed on through Fathers? (Ps 51:5)

e) How then, according to the Bible, was Jesus not born with original sin? (Luk 1:35)

f) Practically for our faith, how is the virgin birth better than baby Jesus suddenly appearing somewhere?

g) How do modern disaster movies such as Armageddon, The Core, The day after tomorrow etc. give a totally different message to the Virgin birth (Mat 1:20-21)?