Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day.
Chapter 22, Paragraph 2.
“…nor in the Mediation of any other but Christ alone.”
1 Timothy 2:5
True worship of God requires a mediator. We are not righteous on our own, and cannot approach God in our sinful state. Attempts to worship Him on our own results in disaster.
Thankfully, God has been pleased to provide a mediator for His people. Jesus, the Son of God become flesh, has become the mediator between God and men. Being a man, He can sympathize with our weaknesses, yet He can also approach God, for He is without sin. As God, He can offer endure the punishment due to sinners, so that His sacrifice on our behalf is accepted. With His righteousness imputed to us, the barriers that impede our worshiping God in spirit and in truth are broken. Christians are freed in Christ to worship God rightly.
No other being can serve as mediator between God and man. Jesus alone can successfully intercede for us. Who else can do what He does? Who else has such credentials, in who else does “the fullness of deity dwell” (Colossians 2:9)? Who else has perfectly fulfilled the Law? Who else bore the punishment due us? Who else has risen from the dead and ascended into heaven? Who else has revealed our need for a savior, intercedes at God’s right hand for the elect, and rules and preserves His people?
There truly is no other name under heaven by which men and women must be saved. To worship God the way He has commanded, we must go through the perfect mediator, Christ Jesus. Solus Christus: Christ Alone.
Questions to Consider
- Is there any need for other mediators beside Jesus? What about “co-mediators”? Why would any other mediator be an affront to God?