Summary: Jesus Christ is the mediator of the New Covenant; He stands before God on our behalf as Prophet, Priest, and King.
Note: the outline for this message and even some quotes come directly from the First London Baptist Confession of Faith (1646). I’ve tailored it to suit my purposes, but it is not an original work.
We’ve covered 25 chapters of Genesis and I thought it might be a good idea to give it a short rest. Tonight we’re going to look at the topic of Christ as our Mediator. As such, He is our Prophet, Priest, and King. In respect of our ignorance, we stand in need of His prophetical office; in respect of our great alienation from God, we need His priestly office to reconcile us; and in respect of our averseness and utter inability to return to God, we need His kingly office, to convince, subdue, draw, uphold and preserve us to His heavenly kingdom. First, let’s look at Christ Our Mediator:
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time (I Tim. 2:1-6).
What does it mean to be a Mediator?
To be a mediator means to be an umpire or an arbitrator. The Latin word means to be placed in the middle. In other words, we have Jesus standing between us and God.
Timothy doesn’t need to strive with authority because God has saved some rather wicked men and will continue to do so. This salvation isn’t a result of strife but of God’s grace which is a result of the one Mediator standing between God and man.
Why do we need one?
It’s bad enough that we all stand guilty as sinners, but it’s made worse that even our righteous acts are filthy rags before God. So much of modern doctrine wants to see and show the good side of men but there are none. How do we expect to approach the throne of grace as sinners? Those who approach apart from a Mediator end up crying out to the rocks to fall upon them just at the sight of His face.
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (Jn. 14:6).
How is Jesus qualified?
He was appointed by God from everlasting:
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 2He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street. 3A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. 4He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law. 5Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein: 6I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles; 7To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house (Isa. 42:1-7).
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; 2To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn (Is. 61:1-2).
And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 18The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. 20And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. 21And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears (Lk. 4:17-21).