The Necessity of Christ’s Death

Question 40. Why did Christ have to suffer death?
Answer. Because God’s justice and truth require it: Nothing else could pay for our sins except the death of the Son of God. (Genesis 2:17; Romans 8:3-4; Philippians 2:8; Hebrews 2:9)

Question 43. What further benefit do we receive from Christ’s sacrifice and death on the cross?
Answer. By Christ’s power our old selves are crucified, put to death, and buried with Him, so that the evil desires of the flesh may no longer rule us, but that instead we may offer ourselves as a sacrifice of gratitude to Him. (Romans 6:5-11; Colossians 2:11-12; Romans 6:12-14; 12:1; Ephesians 5:1-2)

Heidelberg Cathechism

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