In this section of the Baptist Larger Catechism, we begin our last section on the means of grace, which are the Word, the sacraments, and prayer. This section consists of an expansion of questions 91, 92, and 95 in the Keach Catechism. The expansion of these questions below is based on questions 152-154 in the Westminster Larger Catechism. As before, feel free to comment on the expanded questions below.
Q. 141: What does every sin deserve from God?
A: Since even the least sin goes against the sovereignty,1 goodness,2 and holiness of God,3 and against His righteous law,4 every sin deserves God’s wrath and curse,5 both in this life6 and the life to come,7 and cannot be expiated except by the blood of Christ.8
Q. 142: What does God require of us, that we may escape His wrath and curse, due to us for sin?
A: To escape the wrath and curse of God due to us for sin, God requires from us faith in Jesus Christ and repentance unto life,1 along with the diligent use of all the outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of His mediation.2
Q. 143: What are the outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption?
A: The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of redemption are His ordinances, particularly the Word, sacraments, and prayer; all of which are made effectual to the elect for salvation.1