Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 8, Paragraph 9.
“This office of mediator between God and man is proper only to Christ, who is the prophet, priest, and king of the church of God; and may not be either in whole, or any part thereof, transferred from Him to any other.”
1 Timothy 2:5
There is no chain of command to go through to access God. The sole mediator for the elect is Jesus Christ. You do not go through a “representative” of Christ in order to receive salvation. You do not go through your husband to gain everlasting life. Your parents cannot redeem you from your sin. Why think that anyone else can grant that access to the Father, for who else can stand in that place between sinners and God? Who else lived a sinless life? Who else bore the infinite punishment that sinners deserved? Only Jesus could do these things. Only Jesus has done these things.
Can anyone else bestow the benefits of eternal redemption? If we view Christ’s mediatorial work as able to be split up among and dispensed by certain men, as some teach, then we have divided Him, and as a result lessened Him. And a lessened Christ is no Christ at all. For who can intercede for us constantly before the Father’s throne? Who sends the Spirit to unite us to Himself? Who reveals the mystery of salvation to us, governs us, and is Head of the Church? There can be only one Bridegroom. When we read again what Christ does for His elect, we realize that to place any trust in any other is foolish. There is no salvation outside of Jesus. There is no mediator but Him.
Questions to Consider
- Are you viewing other people in the mediatorial role that Christ solely performs?