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New City Catechism - Question 26
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Posted by Paul Coumos, Cornerstone Elder

New City Catechism - Question 26

 

Q26: What else does Christ’s death redeem?

A: Christ’s death is the beginning of the redemption and renewal of every part of fallen creation, as he powerfully directs all things for his own glory and creation’s good.

Kid’s Answer:

Every part of fallen creation

 

SCRIPTURE TO MEMORIZE:

Colossians 1:19–20

"For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross."

 

ADDITIONAL SCRIPTURES TO READ: 

2 Corinthians 5:17-19; Ephesians 1:7-10; Revelation 21:1-6

 

LIFE APPLICATION:

Have you ever noticed how many times our English Bible contains words with the prefix “re” that are used to describe the sanctifying work of the Spirit in the church and world? The prefix “re” is added to various words to convey the idea of “doing something over again.” The Bible speaks of redemption (Eph 1:7), regeneration (John 3:3), renewal (Titus 3:5), restoration (2 Cor 13:9), and reformation (Heb 9:10), just to name a few. Christ died to redeem us (buy us back again); to regenerate us (we are born again); to renew us (make us new again); to restore us (give us back what was lost); and to reform us (conform us to the image of Christ).

 

One important “re“ word which is often overlooked is reconciliation. Christ died to reconcile us to the Father, bringing us once again into a friendly, harmonious relationship with Him. This reconciling work was necessary because of Adam’s sin - for man had turned his back on God and was out of fellowship with Him. Now that we ourselves have been reconciled, we are called to participate in God’s greater ministry of reconciliation, working as ambassadors of Christ and imploring others to “be reconciled to God.” We joyfully participate knowing that “in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself” (2 Cor 5:18-19).

 

But the reconciliation that Christ brings is much broader than just us and those we reach with the Gospel. The Bible proclaims that “God was pleased … through Him [Christ] to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross” (Col 1:19-20). And this reconciliation takes place according to His eternal purpose “which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Eph 1:9-10). So the reconciliation that Christ brings begins with us and ultimately encompasses the whole world, including heaven and earth. Think about that - heaven and earth united in a lasting peace, harmony, and worship of the living God through Jesus Christ! This vision launches our prayers as we petition the Lord for His kingdom to come, and His will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven (Matt 6:10). Surely Isaac Watts prayed this prayer as he penned the words below from an all-time Christmas favorite:

 

    No more let sins and sorrows grow,

    Nor thorns infest the ground;

    He comes to make His blessings flow

    Far as the curse is found! Far as the curse is found!

    Far as, far as the curse is found!

 

So just how much reconciliation should we expect in the here and now, before that final consummation of His kingdom? Remember (call to mind again) that we serve the living Christ who Himself is moving towards the final fulfillment of this future Kingly proclamation: “Behold, I am making all things new” (Rev 21:5). This being the case, then I suggest we also move forward with Him, cooperating in His ministry work of redemption, renewal, restoration, reformation, and rebuilding in all areas of our lives (personal, family, church, neighborhood, nation, and world), and extending His reconciling work …far as the curse is found (Ps 72:19)!

 

CONNECTION TO CORNERSTONE’S STATEMENT OF FAITH: 

Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is true God and true Man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He who knew no sin died on the cross a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven, where at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He now is our High Priest and Advocate. (Is. 7:14; Mt. 1:18-25; Lk. 1:26-36; Col. 2:9; 1 Jn. 5:20; Mk. 10:45; Heb. 2:9; Lk. 24:23-40; I Cor. 15; Acts 1:1-11; I Pet. 3:22; 1 Jn. 2:2; Heb. 4:16; 7:25)

 

Return of Christ

We believe in the personal, premillenial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that this blessed hope has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. (Mt. 24:44; Jn. 14:1-3; I Thes. 5:1-8; Titus 2:13; Rev. 19:17-20; 10)

 

 

 



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