Q. 1.  What do you understand by the benefits of redemption?

A.  All the blessings of Christ’s purchase, which may be summed up in grace here and glory hereafter (Psalm 84.11).

Q. 2.  Who communicateth these benefits or blessings to us?

A.  Christ Himself, who has them wholly at His disposal (Luke 22.29) – “I appoint unto you a kingdom.”

Q. 3.  How comes Christ to have the disposal of them wholly in His hands?

A.  By His Father’s gift (John 3.35) – “The Father loveth the Son and hath GIVEN all things into His hands” – and by His own purchase of them.  Hence, called a “purchased possession” (Ephesians 1.14).

Q. 4.  What is it for Christ to communicate the benefits of redemption?

A.  It is not to give away the property of them from Himself, but to make us “sharers with Him” in them all.  That is, to make us “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Romans 8.17).

Q. 5.  Does Christ communicate them in a mediate or immediate way?

A.  In a mediate way, through the intervention of ordinances (Ephesians 4.11-14).

From: Fisher’s Catechism (1753)


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