In the world but not of it

December 1, 2010

One Mediator…

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For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5 (NKJV)

I have vivid memories of going to church as a young boy.

Church was more of a formality in our home and we typically went on holidays or other religious celebrations.

Since I was in a denomination that worshipped and honored saints of the past as well as Jesus Himself it was customary to come into church each time and perform certain practices.

One of these practices involved purchasing a candle from which you had quite a selection to choose from. There were all shapes and sizes and as a boy it appeared to me that those that wanted to be noticed spent the money for the candles that required two hands to carry. Once you bought your candle you would then approach a box filled with sand, make a silent prayer for someone that the candle represented and put it in the sandbox amongst all the others…

The next thing was perhaps the most awkward and uncomfortable. People would form a line to stand in front of a large icon with saints depicted, they would pray briefly, cross themselves and then kiss the feet of the saints on the icon. This icon was enclosed in glass and if you happened to be in line with more women than men then by the time you got to the icon you could barely find a spot to kiss since the glass was enamored with the imprints of women’s lips left by their lipstick…

I always noticed that much of the talk involved saints and not just Jesus. This was also common in our home when we discussed prayer, the need for answers and blessings, etc. It seemed that a particular saint was the one we should pray to and seek help from rather than Jesus.

Then one day I came across this passage. A mediator is one who unites parties and brings people together.

There can only be one mediator. Christ satisfied the claims of God upon man once for all, only He can be called the true Mediator. I respect the men who have sacrificed their lives for Christ in the past and therefore have been exalted as being more spiritual than others, therefore noted as “saints”, but there are two points to make.

First, regarding our Mediator…

But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises.  Hebrews 8:6

Second, regarding who is a saint…

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints (those who are set apart) and members of the household of God… Ephesians 2:19

Who are those set apart? Let’s look at what Jesus said about those that receive Him…

“to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.” Act 26:18

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