23 January 2005
Galatians 3:10, Matthew 25:41, Ezra 9:6 & 2 Corinthians 5:21
The Westminster Shorter Catechism
Q. 84. What doth every sin deserve?
A. Every sin deserveth God’s wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come.
The Westminster Shorter Catechism in Modern English:
Q.84. What does every sin deserve?
A. Every sin deserves God’s anger and curse, both in this life and in the life to come.
1. What is meant by the wrath and curse of God?
The wrath and curse of God is the punishment that God has threatened to inflict upon all sinners for the sins they commit.
2. What is this punishment that God will inflict upon sinners?
The punishment is all the miseries of this life, death itself, and the pains of hell forever (see Question 19, Shorter Catechism).
3. Does every sin we commit deserve this wrath and curse of God?
Yes, every sin we commit deserves it. Every sin that is committed is against the Holy, Righteous God who hates all sin. He is the just God and He desires and requires satisfaction for the sins committed.
4. Why is sin so hateful to God?
Sin is hateful to God because it is the very opposite of God’s holy nature and God’s holy law. Therefore, sin is exposed to the wrath and curse of God.
5. Do the sins of believers deserve this same punishment?
The sins of believers deserve it but their persons can never be exposed to, or liable to, God’s wrath either in this life or in the life to come.
6. What is it that we can learn from this question of the Catechism?
We may learn once again to look up to God and thank Him and praise Him for saving us, even when we were not worthy of it. We should look up to Him and thank Him for His mercy, His pardoning mercy, knowing we are such great sinners. We should repeat daily the words from Ezra 9:6 “O my God, I am too ashamed and disgraced to lift up my face to you, my God, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens.”