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Reflecting on Truth #32

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #32 What do justification and sanctification mean? Justification means our declared righteousness before God, made possible by Christ’s death and resurrection for us. Sanctification means our gradual, growing righteousness, made possible by the Spirit’s work in us. ...

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Reflecting on Truth #31

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What do we believe by true faith?...

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Reflecting on Truth #30

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #30 What is faith in Jesus Christ? Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel....

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Reflecting on Truth #29

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #29 How can we be saved? Only by faith in Jesus Christ and in his substitutionary atoning death on the cross; so even though we are guilty of having disobeyed God and are still inclined to all evil, nevertheless, God, without any merit of our own but only by pure grace, imputes to us the perfect righteousness of Christ when we repen...

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Reflecting on Truth #28

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #28 What happens after death to those not united to Christ by faith? At the day of judgment they will receive the fearful but just sentence of condemnation pronounced against them. They will be cast out from the favorable presence of God, into hell, to be justly and grievously punished, forever. ...

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Reflecting on Truth #27

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #27 Are all people, just as they were lost through Adam, saved through Christ? No, only those who are elected by God and united to Christ by faith. Nevertheless God in his mercy demonstrates common grace even to those who are not elect, by restraining the effects of sin and enabling works of culture for human well-being. ...

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Reflecting on Truth #26

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #26 What else does Christ’s death redeem? 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....

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Reflecting on Truth #25

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #25 Does Christ’s death mean all our sins can be forgiven? Yes, because Christ’s death on the cross fully paid the penalty for our sin, God graciously imputes Christ’s righteousness to us as if it were our own and will remember our sins no more....

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Reflecting on Truth #24

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Reflections on the New City Catechism #24 Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die? Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God. By his substitutionary atoning death, he alone redeems us from hell and gains for us forgiveness of sin, righteousness, and eve...

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Reflecting on Truth #23

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #23 Why must the Redeemer be truly God? That because of his divine nature his obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also that he would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death....

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Reflecting on Truth #22

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #22 Why must the Redeemer be truly human? That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize with our weaknesses....

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Reflecting on Truth #21

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #21 What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God? One who is truly human and also truly God....

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Reflecting on Truth #20

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #20 Who is the Redeemer? The only Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, in whom God became man and bore the penalty for sin himself....

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Reflecting on Truth #19

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #19 Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor? Yes, to satisfy his justice, God himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer....

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Reflecting on Truth #18

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #18 Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished? No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, and against his righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in his just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come. ...

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Reflecting on Truth #17

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #17 What is Idolatry? Idolatry is trusting in created things rather than the Creator for our hope and happiness, significance and security....

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Reflecting on Truth #16

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Reflections on The New City Catechism #16 What is Sin? Sin is rejecting or ignoring God in the world he created, rebelling against him by living without reference to him, not being or doing what he requires in his law—resulting in our death and the disintegration of all creation....

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