Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 8, Paragraph 10.
“…and in respect of our alienation from God, and imperfection of the best of our services, we need his Priestly office, to reconcile us, and present us acceptable unto God:…”
Potty training. There’s a lot to learn when teaching little ones proper bathroom hygiene. Tonight, one of my children had an “accident”. Because he has been taught that it is not healthy to keep waste around, he attempted to clean it up. Himself. Which only made it worse. (I refrain from going into detail to spare those readers with more delicate stomachs.)
In the relationship God had with mankind, it was man that broke the relationship. God doesn’t change, but Adam chose to fracture the communion that existed. But in our sinful state we don’t see it that way. Viewing God as unfair, vindictive, and weak, we don’t give Him the time of day. Wallowing in our waste is our prerogative. Any attempt to clean ourselves up is useless.
Humans are alienated from God without the priestly work of Christ. Not only does He act as prophet by telling us of our vile state and need for cleansing, He shows us the way of salvation. In the days of the Old Testament, the priest offered up various sacrifices on behalf of the people. They were the representatives of the sinner before God. Jesus is the great high priest of the elect. He represents the sinner and offers up a sacrifice on their behalf. However, that sacrifice is His own righteous life and atoning death. Because of Jesus’ priestly intercession, those who are in Him have His righteousness imputed to them. God no longer views us as sinners, but welcomes us on behalf of the Son. He also works in us to destroy the remaining sin that clings to us, so that we are holy and without blemish.
Like how my child needed me to wash him off to make him clean, we need Christ to wash us. We need Him to be our priest, offering up Himself on our behalf, interceding for us, that we may be reconciled to God. His work as priest is perfect, so we may rest in knowing He views us as spotless, and that His church will be presented to Him as spotless. Christ alone makes us clean.
Questions to Consider
- Do you still try to rely on yourself for righteousness, rather than wholly trusting the work of Christ?