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Catechism Insight – Doctrinal Standard WSC #27 (Week 1 of 2)

Doctrinal Standard #27 (Week 1 of 2)

  • Q. How was Christ humiliated?
  • A. Christ was humiliated: by being born as a man and born into a poor family; by being made subject to the law and suffering the miseries of this life, the anger of God, and the curse of death on the cross; and by being buried and remaining under the power of death for a time.

Memory Verses

  • “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” (Galatians 4:4–5, ESV)

Scripture

  • Study Passage: Philippians 2:5-11
    • Support Passages: Luke 2:7, II Corinthians 8:9, Galatians 4:4-5, Hebrews 2:9, 14
    • Bible Story: Hebrews 11:24-28, Exodus 2

Thoughts

  • C.I. Williamson breaks down the rather large catechism answer into more manageable parts and provides a helpful visual to illustrate Christ’s humiliation (see attached). Below is an excerpt taken from his book, The Westminster Shorter Catechism (pg. 118-119).
  •  Christ was humiliated: by being born as a man and born into a poor family (1) by being made subject to the law (2) and suffering the miseries of this life (3), the anger of God (4), and the curse of death on the cross (5); and by being buried (6) and remaining under the power of death for a time (7).
  1. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7)
  2. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law.” (Gal. 4:4)
  3. “He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief.” (Isa. 53:3)
  4. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”(Matt. 27:46)
  5. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Phil. 2:8)
  6. He was buried.” (Cor. 15:4)
  7. He rose on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” (1 Cor. 15:4)

Discussion Questions

  • What does humiliation mean?
  • What are examples of Christ’s humiliation?
  • Why do you think Christ had to experience these various things?
  • How does this reveal God’s love?
  • How does this knowledge affect your heart? How does it make you feel?

 

Williamson, C.I. (2003). The Westminster Shorter Catechism – 2nd Edition. Phillipsburg, New Jersey, USA; P&R Publishing Company.

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