The Heidelberg Catechism leaves us in a peculiar place today. This question leaves us hanging on the brink of disaster. Take a minute and ponder what would happen apart from the cross…and why the only way for us to be saved was for the sinless Lamb of God to be slain.
Q & A 11
Q. But isn’t God also merciful?
A. God is certainly merciful,^1
but he is also just.^2
His justice demands
that sin, committed against his supreme majesty,
be punished with the supreme penalty—
eternal punishment of body and soul.^3
^1 Ex. 34:6-7; Ps. 103:8-9
^2 Ex. 34:7; Deut. 7:9-11; Ps. 5:4-6; Heb. 10:30-31
^3 Matt. 25:35-46