Faith of Jesus
Gift of God
“There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ” 1 Timothy 2:5. Jesus expressed this when He said, “No man comes to the Father but by me” John 14:6.
There are challenges to this claim. The Catholic Church venerates more than 10,000 saints to whom access to heaven is granted by prayer to those who desire a multitude of alternative mediators. Jesus is included in the picture above, but He is but one of many.
Some of the more popular avenues to God include such famous figures as St. George, St. Valentine, and St. Christopher. Then there was St. Guinefort. This patron saint from rural France had earned a reputation for protecting infants and was awarded sainthood after he saved his master’s baby from a snakebite. St. Guinefort was a dog.
Though the criteria for achieving the status of saint has been tightened in recent years, there is no denial of the Roman preference for multiple mediators in spite of the exclusivity reserved for the one mediator, Jesus Christ, stated in Scripture. One extra mediator, aka Mediatrix, is that of the Virgin Mary who was only declared "Sinless" due to her birth from her immaculately conceived mother Ann by Papal decree in 1854. Even more recently it was announced in 1951 that she was assumed into heaven and crowned "Queen of Heaven". The God of heaven, however, declares that the worship of the Queen of heaven is an abomination that provokes Him. Jer 7:18.
While the Church of Rome makes no apologies for holding tradition above the Bible, Protestantism still clings to its own traditions when it comes to this subject of a single mediator. They almost universally accept a second intercessor, an alternate Advocate, another Comforter.
The single passage that has encouraged this is Romans 8:26 “the Spirit itself makes intercession for us.” And the following verse, “And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”
Let the Bible explain itself. Only a few verses later, we are told that “It is Christ that died, who is risen again, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.” It was the Son of God who “bare the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors” Isaiah 53:12. It is the Son of God, Jesus Christ the righteous, who is our Advocate (Greek: Comforter) with the Father. 1John 2:1. It is the Son of God who is “able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them” Heb 7:25. It is the Son of God who will manifest himself to us (John 14:21), make his abode with us (vs 23, and be in us (vs 20) as the Spirit of truth (vs 17), because He is the truth (vs 6). Thus will Christ live in us (Gal 2:20) as His mind will be in us (Phil 2:5) because we have the mind of Christ (1Cor 2:16). As the Spirit of Christ was in the prophets (1Pet 1:10,11) so the Spirit of God’s Son is sent into our hearts (Gal 4:6) crying, Abba, Father, thus the Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God (Rom 8:16). We then belong to the Father, we “are His” because we have “the Spirit of Christ” (Rom 8:9), His Son.
How do we know there is only one intercessor, only one mediator? “He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore His arm brought salvation unto him.” Isa 59:16. And of course, “There is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.”
Grace and peace be unto you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of the Father in truth and love. 2 John 3