Westminster Larger Catechism – Lord’s Day 16
Q & A 57
Q What benefits has Christ procured by his mediation?
A. Christ, by his mediation, has procured redemption,*1 with all other benefits of the covenant of grace.*2
Q & A 58
Q How do we come to be made partakers of the benefits which Christ has procured?
A We are made partakers of the benefits which Christ has procured, by the application of them unto us,*3 which is the work especially of God the Holy Ghost.*4
Q & A 59
Q Who are made partakers of redemption through Christ?
A Redemption is certainly applied, and effectually communicated, to all those for whom Christ has purchased it;*5 who are in time by the Holy Spirit enabled to believe in Christ according to the gospel.*6
Q & A 60
Q Can they who have never heard the gospel, and so know not Jesus Christ, nor believe in him, be saved by their living according to the light of nature?
A They who, having never heard the gospel,*7 know not Jesus Christ,*8 and believe not in him, cannot be saved,*9 be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature,*10 or the laws of that religion which they profess;*11 neither is there salvation in any other, but in Christ alone,*12 who is the Savior only of his body the church.*13
*1 Hebrews 9:12.
*2 2 Corinthians 1:20.
*3 John 1:11-12.
*4 Titus 3:5-6.
*5 Ephesians 1:13-14; John 6:37, 39; John 10:15-16.
*6 Ephesians 2:8; 2 Corinthians 4:13.
*7 Romans 10:14.
*8 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Ephesians 2:12; John 1:10-12.
*9 John 8:24; Mark 16:16.
*10 1 Corinthians 1:20-24.
*11 John 4:22; Romans 9:31-32; Philippians 3:4-9.
*12 Acts 4:12.
*13 Ephesians 5:23.