How Christ is the only Mediator between God and man?
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2.5.
This is clear from the fact that He, and no other, is revealed to us
by God. And if God reveals Him, and no other, we should receive
Him, and no other. “The heathen,” says Paul, “have many gods and
many lords” (1 Corinthians 8.5); that is, many supreme gods as
ultimate objects of worship, and many demi-gods or intermediaries,
to convey their worship to the gods lest they be defiled by human
contact. “But to us,” says he, “there is but one God, the Father, . . and
one Lord”; that is, one God, the supreme object of worship, and one
Mediator, by whom all things from the Father come to us, and by
whom all our worship and service goes to Him. Peter says the same
thing: “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other
name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.”
(Acts 4.12) That is, no other person is authorized throughout the
whole world to be our Mediator besides Christ. Just as one sun is
sufficient for the whole world, so one Mediator is sufficient for
everyone in the world. The Scriptures affirm this of Christ, and of no
2. It is also clear that He, and no other, is fit for this work of Mediator.
Who but one with a divine and a human nature in His single person
can deal with both God and man? Anyone else would have melted in
the fire of wrath that came on Him.
3. Besides, He alone can reconcile the world to God, because the
virtue of His blood reaches back as far as Adam and forward to the
end of the world. It is as effectual anytime to cleanse from sin as
when it was shed. Just as the sun, both before and after it is seen,
illuminates the world, so Christ, who is the same yesterday, today
and for ever, cleanses the sins of those before and after His appearance
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