18 Words The most important Words You Will Ever Know. J.I. Packer
First Baptist Church of Avon Park – Pastor Jon Beck
Mediator – Man in the middle, he that links with both sides. Sympathizes with both and both trust him.
The mediation of Jesus between God and men, whereby the new and everlasting covenant has been established, is the main theme of the Bible.
A mediator is needed
- Prophets were sent to represent God to man.
- Priests were sent to represent man to God.
Revelation and forgiveness under the old covenant were real, but limited and incomplete, and perfect communion with God was never attained. (His example…driving an old broke down car)
Rom. 3:23 – ALL HAVE SINNED!
A mediator is provided
Why did the mediator come?
- He came to reveal God to men
- Heb. 1:3, John 1:18
- He came to redeem men from sin
- Mark 10:45
- He came to restore man to God
- He came to seek us where we are in order that He might bring us to be with Him where His is.
- Christ receives those who by faith receive Him, He introduces them at once into a relationship in which the Father’s view of them corresponds to the Father’s view of Him; for Christ’s sake, and in Christ, the Father, reckons righteousness to them (because Christ is righteous) and accounts them his sons by adoption (because Christ is His Son by nature)
How is the mediators work done?
- Jesus’ primary office is that of King
- Christ – anointed one
- Acts 2:36 – Both Lord and Christ
- The NT declares Christ’s kingdom to be universal and all-embracing.
- Matt. 28:18 – All authority in heaven and earth.
- Eph 1:22 – He has put all things under His feet.
- But Jesus the king is also a priest.
- Heb. 5:6 – A priest forever.
- Heb. 9:1-10:18 – Once for all sacrifice
- Heb. 7:25, Rom. 8:34 – Constant intercession
- The royal priest is also prophet
- Heb. 1:2, 2:3 – God spoke by Him, and preached the gospel through His lips.