Please click here if you missed the Introduction.

Part 3, Questions 5-12

Q5. How are we delivered therefrom? (from death and condemnation, Answer to Q4.)

By God’s free mercy in Jesus Christ.

Q6. What kind of person is Jesus Christ?

He is very God and very Man in one person.

Very is an old-fashioned way of saying completely. Parents can substitute “completely” for “very” in Q6-Q8 if they wish to make this catechism easier for their children to memorize.

Q7. Why do you call Him very God?

Because He is the eternal Son of God, of one and the selfsame Godhead with the Father and Holy Spirit.

Q8. Why do you call Him very Man?

Because He is like us in all things, apart from sin.

Q9. Why was He without sin?

That He might be an unspotted sacrifice for sin.

Q10. What has He done for us?

He died for our sins and rose for our righteousness.

Q11. Are all men who perish in Adam saved by Christ?

No, only those who have true faith in Him.

Christians believe people die once and then face judgment from their Creator: “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:27-28.  The Bible teaches that those who have faith in Christ are saved and go to heaven to live with Him forever; others spend eternity apart from him, in hell.

Q12. What do you call true faith?

It is the true knowledge of Jesus Christ with assurance of salvation in Him.

Discussion questions for third session:

  1. Questions 5-10 deal with the atonement of Christ. A sinless God-man dying for sinful people. How can He be fully God and fully man? How can 100% God and 100% man exist in one super-human Being?
  2. What do you think of Question 11? Does it not sound pretty exclusive and judgmental? It is, however, what the Bible teaches. What questions of fairness regarding this come to mind and how would you answer them?
  3. Question 12 is a teaser for the next session – the Apostles Creed. What about assurance of salvation? Is it arrogant to say you know you are saved and going to heaven when you die?
  4. As you take prayer requests for members of your study group, remember to pray for leaders in your workplace, other churches, and government leaders of all nations.

For a hymn that goes with the Introduction to the Ecumenical Catechism and the history behind the hymn, click on Praise to the Lord, the Almighty.

A second hymn with its history and a great picture of the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse can be found at This is My Father’s World.

A third hymn (He Hideth My Soul in the Cleft of the Rock) is by America’s Hymn Queen, Fanny Crosby.

For biographies of the authors of the Ecumenical Catechism, click here.
Permission is granted to copy this catechism and italicized comments in its entirety for non-commercial purposes. The copyright on the original 1641 catechism has obviously long since expired. Some minor rewording of the 1959 edition cited above was done.

Dale Murrish
Troy, Michigan
Copyright 2005, 2017 by Dale Murrish. All rights reserved except as noted above.
Version 3.97, August, 2017


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