Back to the Heidelberg…Questions 14-15

Who can pay our debt?  Who can mediate between sinners and the holy Judge?  We see in questions 14-15…
Q & A 14

Q. Can another creature—any at all—
pay this debt for us?

A. No.
To begin with,
God will not punish another creature
for what a human is guilty of.^1
no mere creature can bear the weight
of God’s eternal anger against sin
and release others from it.^2

^1 Ezek. 18:4, 20; Heb. 2:14-18
^2 Ps. 49:7-9; 130:3

Q & A 15

Q. What kind of mediator and deliverer
should we look for then?

A. One who is truly human^1 and truly righteous,^2
yet more powerful than all creatures,
that is, one who is also true God.^3

^1 Rom. 1:3; 1 Cor. 15:21; Heb. 2:17
^2 Isa. 53:9; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 7:26
^3 Isa. 7:14; 9:6; Jer. 23:6; John 1:1

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