The Belgic Confession
We believe that we
have no access unto God but alone through the only Mediator and
Advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous; who therefore became man,
having united in one person the divine and human natures, that
we men might have access to the divine Majesty, which access
would otherwise be barred against us. But this Mediator, whom
the Father has appointed between Him and us, ought in no wise to
affright us by His majesty, or cause us to seek another
according to our fancy. For there is no creature, either in
heaven or on earth, who loves us more than Jesus Christ; who,
though existing in the form of God, yet emptied himself, being
made in the likeness of men and of a servant for us, and in all
things was made like unto his brethren. If, then, we should seek
for another mediator who would be favorably inclined towards us,
who could we find who loved us more than He who laid down His
life for us, even while we were His enemies? And if we seek for
one who has power and majesty, who is there that has so much of
both as He who sits at the right hand of God and to whom hath
been given all authority in heaven and on earth? And who will
sooner be heard than the own well beloved Son of God?
Therefore it was
only through distrust that this practice of dishonoring, instead
of honoring, the saints was introduced, doing that which they
never have done nor required, but have on the contrary
steadfastly rejected according to their bounden duty, as appears
by their writings. Neither must we plead here our unworthiness;
for the meaning is not that we should offer our prayers to God
on the ground of our own worthiness, but only on the ground of
the excellency and worthiness of the Lord Jesus Christ, whose
righteousness is become ours by faith.
apostle, to remove this foolish fear, or rather distrust, from
us, rightly says that Jesus Christ in all things was made like
unto his brethren, that he might become a merciful and faithful
high priest, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able
to succor them that are tempted. And further to encourage us to
go to Him, he says: Having then a great high priest, who hath
passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold
fast our confession. For we have not a high priest that cannot
be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that
hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore draw near with boldness unto the throne of
grace, that we may receive mercy, and may find grace to help us
in time of need. The same apostle says: Having boldness to enter
into the holy place by the blood of Jesus, let us draw near with
a true heart in fulness of faith, etc. Likewise: Christ hath his
priesthood unchangeable; wherefore also he is able to save to
the uttermost them that draw near unto God through him, seeing
he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
What more can be
required? since Christ Himself says: I am the way, and the
truth, and the life: no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.
To what purpose should we, then, seek another advocate, since it
has pleased God to give us His own Son as an Advocate? Let us
not forsake Him to take another, or rather to seek after
another, without ever being able to find him; for God well knew,
when He gave Him to us, that we were sinners.
according to the command of Christ, we call upon the heavenly
Father through Jesus Christ our only Mediator, as we are taught
in the Lord's Prayer; being assured that whatever we ask of the
Father in His Name will be granted us.
Confession of Faith