In this short article, we want to share these brief simple truths with you.
1. Jesus is the only mediator between God and humans (Hebrews 9:15).
2. Christ’s priesthood removes need for human priesthood (Hebrews 7:23-25)
3. Salvation is by faith alone, not by rituals, membership or works (Ephesians 2:8).
A mediator is one who comes between two separated parties to bring about reconciliation. In our case we were separated from God by our sins (Isaiah 59, Romans 3:23). Jesus came to bring about a restoration of this relationship, by paying the penalty of our sins.
Hebrews 9:15 “Therefore he is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.”
Okay, so Jesus is the mediator between God and man. Does this mean he is the only mediator? Well, Jesus makes this explicit.
John 14:6-7 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.””
There is no other way to the Father, except by Jesus. If we know Jesus, we know the Father also. If we don’t know Jesus, we don’t know the Father. Jesus is the only way.
Since Jesus is the only mediator, is there any need for another priest aside from him? After all, the Old Testament had many priests? This is answered compellingly by the Bible in Hebrews.
Hebrews 7:23 “The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.”
So the Bible makes it clear. The Old Testament Priests were many in number because they were mortal humans. But the New Testament priesthood is a divine priesthood. Since Jesus does not die, since he is everywhere, and since he always lives making intercession, we don’t need another priest. The Greek word for antichrist in John’s Epistle, means “anti” – in the place of “Christ” – messiah. In other words, if someone claims to be in the place of Christ, be careful!
Because God himself intercedes for us, we don’t need human intercessors, saints or popes. If God is for us, who can be against us?
Only by faith in Jesus
“Surely I need some kind of work, ritual or membership to be saved?” No, the Bible makes it clear that Salvation is obtained through faith alone!
Ephesians 2:8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
Jesus says that all who come to him will be saved. Turn to him; trust in Him; turn from sin, self and pride. He has paid all the price and lives for us, because after death, he rose again, making a way to life. Call on him today.