Q19: Is There Any Way to Escape Punishment and Be Brought Back into God's Favor?

New City Catechism: Question 19

Christians practice catechesis to instruct believers on the foundational truths of the Christian faith. In a question and answer format, this form of discipleship teaches the Apostle’s Creed, the Ten Commandments, the Lord’s Prayer, along with the basics of the Bible. The New City Catechism, created by Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, asks 52 questions, one for each week of the year, on topics such as God, creation, and salvation. Each video provides an extended answer to the question from either a pastor at Redeemer or council members of the Gospel Coalition. This video with Crawford Loritts, Senior Pastor of Fellowship Bible Church in Roswell, Georgia, answers the question, "Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God's favor?”

Isaiah 53:10-11 (ESV)

10Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him;

he has put him to grief;

when his soul makes an offering for guilt,

he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days;

the will of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

11Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied;

by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant,

make many to be accounted righteous,

and he shall bear their iniquities.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

We can respond to question nineteen with the following answer: yes, to satisfy His justice, God Himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to Himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer. 

Crawford said God sent a savior to rescue us from sin and death. The Savior paid the penalty so we could walk in freedom. What stands out to you the most about this answer? Why?
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We escape the penalty of sin only through our Redeemer, Jesus. He brings us back into God’s family and frees us from death.

Does the answer to this question impact your Christian walk? If so, how and why?
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Read through Isaiah 53:10–11. Take a moment to reflect on God’s provision of a Redeemer. Use the space below to respond. You can write out a prayer, list the implications of having a Redeemer, or brainstorm ways you can apply the principle to your life.
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The Catechism can help you remember the core beliefs of Christianity. Take time this week to learn the answer to this question and memorize Isaiah 53:10–11. Allow God to transform your heart, mind, and actions through the truth that God sent us a Redeemer.

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