Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 8, Paragraph 3.
“...he might be thoroughly furnished to execute the office of Mediator, and Surety;…“
Stand in awe at the wisdom of Christ. Reflect on His holiness. Explore how Jesus is full of truth. But if you stop there, then you miss the reason why Jesus is all these things. For every quality of Jesus existed to enable Him to be a mediator and surety.
Jesus executes the office of mediator and surety. What does it mean for Jesus to be a mediator? There is conflict between sinners and God. Jesus is the go-between among the two. He brings reconciliation and peace between God and His elect. Not only is He the mediator, He is also the surety. What’s a surety? One who takes a role of responsibility in the place of another who is liable. Jesus pays the debt that we owe as a result of our transgressing God’s law.
No Joe Schmo could be the mediator and surety between sinners and God. The credentials and qualities of such a man must be literally impeccable. “For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Jesus, fully God and fully man, is thoroughly furnished for those two offices. Full of grace and truth, He is our advocate before the Father. Being holy and undefiled, He is able to make the payment necessary due to our sin.
Before the Throne my Surety stands,
My name is written on his hands.
Questions to Consider
- Could anyone else be our mediator and surety?