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Christ as Mediator (22 of 23)
Series: The Hope of the Gospel
1 Timothy 2:5
I want to discuss briefly in this sermon the work of Jesus Christ as Mediator. The commentators tell us that the actual word is only to be found in this passage; but the idea of mediation runs right through the Bible. The Old Testament is full of mediation. There is a great deal said about the ministry of angels in the older books of the Bible. Angels again and again appear to men, bringing with them divine messages of comfort or of warning. They were mediators, go-betweens, between God and men. And not angels only, but men also were called to this high office and mission. Moses, for instance, was the mediator between God and the people of Israel; he pleaded in the name of the people with God; he spoke as the representative and mouthpiece of God to the people. And not Moses only, but all priests and prophets were mediators, or at any rate it is true to say there was a mediatorial element in all their work and service. But all these mediators were imperfect, and their mediatorial service but partial. Paul brushes them all aside, as if they were scarcely worth reckoning, and fastens our exclusive attention on Christ: 'There is one mediator also between God and men, Himself man, Christ Jesus.' One mediator! Neither priests nor prophets, neither Moses nor angel could accomplish a full mediatorial work. Their relation to Christ was that of the candle to the sun. As Tennyson puts it-
They were but broken lights of Thee,
And Thou, O Lord, art more than they.
Christ, and Christ alone, has achieved a perfect mediation. There is one mediator between God and man, Himself man, Christ Jesus.
Now, if I were going to discuss this matter of mediation in any exact and theological way, there are many great New Testament terms which I would have to examine, for the idea of mediation connects itself with other great ideas such as atonement, reconciliation, propitiation, redemption. B ...
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