Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 8, Paragraph 1.
“It pleased God in His eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus his only begotten Son, according to the Covenant made between them both, to be the mediator between God and man;…“
1 Peter 1:19,20
Torn from communion with God due to Adam’s disobedience, mankind cannot enjoy fellowship with God without intervention. Thankfully, God was pleased to send a mediator, someone who would reconcile sinners with God. That someone was Jesus.
God the Father was pleased to choose his only begotten Son as the savior of the elect. The Son was pleased to go, willingly laying aside His glory and humbling Himself to become a man. This covenant of redemption between them paved the way for the covenant of grace, where sinners obtain eternal life and salvation through faith in Christ.
When the fully divine Son was clothed in human flesh and became man, He was named Jesus, for “He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21) Jesus is wholly unique, for no one else is fully God and fully man. Only Jesus was ordained to be the mediator between God and man. He is alone in His perfect obedience to the law, and His atoning sacrifice is solely sufficient for sinners. He is the One to look to for strength in our walk as Christians, because He has done it, and done it perfectly. There never has been and never will be anyone like Him.
For all His uniqueness, however, Jesus has much in common with His people. He was chosen from eternity past by God for His purposes. He experienced life as a human: growing, learning, eating, sleeping. He was tempted in every way as we are, but without sin. He understands the frailty of the human body, because His body experienced death. Thus He is the perfect One to sympathize with our weaknesses, because He’s been there. There never has been and never will be anyone who can relate to us like Him.
Questions to Consider
- Have you pondered how Jesus is the perfect mediator between God and man?