The Great Mediator
Have you ever been involved in a conflict? In a serious dispute? I am sure that you have. At the time both you and your opponent were convinced that you were in the right. Probably the matter was sorted out eventually, although it is possible that a sense of hurt remains to this day. Sadly there are some disputes which are never properly resolved; the bitterness and hatred grow and reconciliation never comes.
You will be familiar with the role of a mediator – a third party who is brought in to try and sort out a dispute between two other parties. In this way conflicts in the home, the workplace or even between nations may be resolved. Sometimes the mediator succeeds and sometimes not.
Are you aware of the great conflict in which we are all involved? It is the conflict between God in His perfect holiness and man in his utter sinfulness. In this conflict the fault is entirely ours, for God is always just. Yet a Mediator has appeared to settle this dispute – a most glorious and successful Mediator. Paul identifies Him: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1Tim.2:5). Christ is God and man in two distinct natures yet He is one divine Person. He is the ‘middle one’, the ‘daysman’or ‘umpire’desired by Job (Job 9:33) and by everyone who is truly aware of their sin. How is this Mediator suited to us?
As sinners we need an interpreter with God, one who is able to teach us His will. In this great dispute the ignorance is entirely on our part. Sin has blinded our minds to the truth and to the way of salvation. Christ by His Spirit is able to tear away the veil which is upon our heart and to give the Word of God an entrance, so that we are “illuminated” (Heb.10:32). He graciously gives to His people a saving knowledge of God.
We also need a peacemaker. The most awesome aspect of Christ’s work is that He “gave himself a ransom for all” (1Tim.2:6). By His own obedience He has satisfied the offended justice of God and pacified the divine wrath against sin on behalf of His people. He “made peace through the blood of his cross” (Col.1:20). He has freed those who believe on Him from the guilt and power of sin and removed every obstacle in the way of their reconciliation to God. He graciously gives them a new heart and spirit so that they desire peace with God on God’s righteous terms.
We must also have an intercessor. God’s purpose in saving His people is to conform them to “the image of his Son” (Rom.8:29). Regeneration does not remove sin from our hearts: there remains within us every potential to disobey God. Yet when we sin “we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (1John 2:1). Our encouragement is that Christ never ceases to love His own and that He “ever liveth to make intercession for them” (Heb.7:25). His merit is infinite and the benefits He has won for His people will certainly be theirs. As believers we come short of God’s glory but thanks to Jesus Christ our reconciliation with God is maintained. He graciously subdues our wills that we might become more holy and obedient to God, until at last we are glorified together with Him.
Do you enjoy peace with the Most High? Are you at one with Him? Be sure that you have truly repented of your sins and have placed your trust in Christ the great Mediator alone for salvation.