Covenant Protestant Reformed
83 Clarence Street, Ballymena
Rev. Angus Stewart
Lord’s Day, 7 April, 2013
"But thou, O Lord, art a God
full of compassion, and gracious,
longsuffering, and plenteous in
mercy and truth" (Psalm 86:15).
Morning Service - 11:00 AM
Christ Jesus, Our Mediator (I)
Scripture Reading: I Timothy 2
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s
I. Our Human Mediator
II. Our Divine Mediator
III. Our Only Mediator
Psalms: 116:9-19; 31:7-12; 2:1-8;
Evening Service - 6:00 PM
Christ Jesus, Our Mediator (II)
Scripture Reading: John 14
Text: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s
I. The Mediator of God’s Saving Will
II. The Mediator in His Threefold Office
III. The Mediator of Covenant Fellowship
Psalms: 147:1-8; 31:13-18; 24:3-8; 22:26-31
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Quote to Consider
Zacharias Ursinus on Heidelberg
Catechism, Lord’s Day 6: "There is but one
Mediator between God and man. The reason of this is, because
no one but the Son of God can perform the office of
Mediator; and as there is only one natural Son of God, there
cannot be more than one Mediator.
Objection 1. But the saints
also make intercession for us. Therefore, they are also
mediators. Answer. There is a great difference between the
intercession of Christ, and that of the saints who live in
the world, and make intercession both for themselves, and
others, even their persecutors and enemies: for the saints
depend upon the merits of Christ in order that their
intercessions may avail, whilst Christ depends upon His own
merits. And still more, Christ alone offered himself a
surety, and satisfier, sanctifying Himself for us, that is,
presenting Himself in our stead before the judgment seat of
God, which cannot be said of the saints.
Objection 2. Where there are
many means, there must be more than one Mediator. But there
are many means of our salvation. Therefore, there are more
mediators than one. Answer. We deny the major proposition;
for the means, and Mediator of salvation, are not one and
the same thing" (Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism,
Announcements (subject to God’s will)
Philip and Susan Hall have
requested baptism for their son, Lucas Joshua. The
council has gladly granted this request and baptism is
scheduled for next Lord's Day morning.
6 PM -
O.T. Beginners (Bradley & Alex)
6:45 PM - N.T. Juniors
(Nathan, Jacob & Joseph)
7:30 PM - Heidelberg (Timothy)
The Council meets
tomorrow evening at 8:15 PM at church.
The Tuesday morning Bible
study will be held this week at 11 AM. We will continue
with our study of eschatology and time by looking at
The Belgic Confession Class
will meet this Wednesday, at 7:45 PM, to begin our study of
The Reformed Witness Hour
broadcast next Lord’s Day (Gospel 846MW at 8:30 AM) is
entitled "When It Seems That Everything Is Against You"
(Genesis 42:26-43:14) by Rev. R. Kleyn.
S. Wales Lecture: Rev.
Stewart will speak on "The Spirit of the Age and the Church"
in Porthcawl at 7:15 PM on Thursday, 18 April.
Offerings: General Fund -
£709.32. Donation: £10 (CR News).
Website Additions: 1
Italian, 1 Hungarian and 1 Spanish translations were added.
PRC News: Rev. R. Kleyn declined the call to Faith
PRC. Randolph PRC will call from a trio of Revs. Bruinsma,
Bleyenberg and Van Overloop.
Belgic Confession, Article
Of Christ’s Intercession
We believe that we have no
access unto God but alone through the only Mediator and
Advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous, who therefore became
man, having united in one person the divine and human
natures, that we men might have access to the divine
Majesty, which access would otherwise be barred against us.
But this Mediator, whom the Father hath appointed between
Him and us, ought in no wise to affright us by His majesty,
or cause us to seek another according to our fancy. For
there is no creature either in heaven or on earth who loveth
us more than Jesus Christ; who, though He was in the form
of God, yet made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him
the form of a man and of a servant for us, and was made like
unto His brethren in all things. If, then, we should
seek for another mediator, who would be well affected
towards us, whom could we find who loved us more than He who
laid down his life for us, even when we were His enemies?
And if we seek for one who hath power and majesty, who is
there that has so much of both as He who sits at the
right hand of his Father, and who hath all power in
heaven and on earth? And who will sooner be heard than
the own well-beloved Son of God?
Therefore it was only through
distrust that this practice of dishonouring, instead of
honouring, the saints was introduced, doing that which they
never have done nor required, but have on the contrary,
steadfastly rejected, according to their bounden duty, as
appears by their writings. Neither must we plead here our
unworthiness; for the meaning is not that we should offer
our prayers to God on the ground of our own worthiness, but
only on the ground of the excellency and worthiness of the
Lord Jesus Christ, whose righteousness is become ours by
Therefore the apostle, to
remove this foolish fear, or rather mistrust, from us,
justly saith, that Jesus Christ was made like unto His
brethren in all things, that He might be a merciful and
faithful High Priest, to make reconciliation for the sins of
the people. For in that He Himself hath suffered, being
tempted, He is able to succour them that are tempted. And
further to encourage us, he adds: Seeing then that we
have a great High Priest that is passed into the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast the profession. For
we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the
feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted
like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come
boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help in time of need. The same apostle
saith: Having boldness to enter into the holiest, by the
blood of Jesus; let us draw near with a true heart in full
assurance of faith, etc. Likewise, Christ hath an
unchangeable priesthood, wherefore He is able also to save
them to the uttermost, that come unto God by Him, seeing He
ever liveth to make intercession for them.
What more can be required,
since Christ himself saith: I am the way and the truth,
and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me?
To what purpose should we then seek another advocate, since
it has pleased God to give us His own Son as an advocate?
Let us not forsake Him to take another, or rather to seek
after another, without ever being able to find him; for God
well knew, when He gave Him to us, that we were sinners.
Therefore according to the command of Christ, we call
upon the heavenly Father through Jesus Christ our only
Mediator, as we are taught in the Lord’s Prayer; being
assured that whatever we ask of the Father in His name will
be granted us.