124 – Christ Our Only High Priest


CHRIST OUR ONLY HIGH PRIEST
  § 124. That Christ, and He alone, was qualified to be the Redeemer and Savior of mankind appears when we consider that:
a.)  Being God and man in one inseparable person,1 He was not personally under, but above the Law which was to be fulfilled, nor for His own sake bound to obey the Law’s commandments;
b.)  Being man,2 without being of necessity under the Law,3 He could become man’s substitute, as, in His humiliation, He was made under the Law;
c.)  Being free from every taint of sin,4 He could render perfect obedience to the Law;
d.)  Though to His human nature divine attributes were communicated, it was by His humiliation rendered possible that He should undergo the penalties imposed upon man for sin;5
e.)  Being free from original sin and having committed no kind of actual sin,6 He could make vicarious atonement by bearing the punishment of others;
f.)  Since He who fulfilled the Law and suffered the penalty for sin was the eternal, infinite God,7 His active and passive obedience was of infinite and everlasting value, sufficient to purchase righteousness and eternal salvation 8 not for one man only, but for all the world whose Substitute He was;
g.)  He being the only person thus qualified, there cannot be salvation in any other, nor can any other name under heaven be given among men whereby we must be saved.9

a. …Being God and man in one inseparable person, He was not personally under, but above the Law which was to be fulfilled, nor for His own sake bound to obey the Law’s commandments;

Cf. § 98.


b. Being man, without being of necessity under the Law, He could become man’s substitute, as, in His humiliation, He was made under the Law;

  Matthew 12:8 For the Son of Man is Lord even of the sabbath day. Cf. §§ 97. 99.


c. Being free from every taint of sin, He could render perfect obedience to the Law;

Cf. § 106.


d. Though to His human nature divine attributes were communicated, it was by His humiliation rendered possible that He should undergo the penalties imposed upon man for sin;

Cf. § 108.


e. Being free from original sin and having committed no kind of actual sin, He could make vicarious atonement by bearing the punishment of others;

Cf. § 106.


f. …Since He who fulfilled the Law and suffered the penalty for sin was the eternal, infinite God, His active and passive obedience was of infinite and everlasting value, sufficient to purchase righteousness and eternal salvation not for one man only, but for all the world whose Substitute He was;

Cf. § 97.

 Hebrews 10:12, 14 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God. (14) For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.


g. …He being the only person thus qualified, there cannot be salvation in any other, nor can any other name under heaven be given among men whereby we must be saved.

  Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

  I Timothy 2:5–6 For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus; who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.


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