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Christ The Mediator
Dear e-Reformed Netters,
The saving ministry of Jesus Christ is summed up in the statement that He is the "Mediator between God and men" (
Every member of our fallen and rebellious race is by nature in "enemity against God" (
Objectively and once for all, Christ achieved reconciliation for His people through penal substitution. On the cross He took our place, carried our identity as it were, bore the curse due to us (
Jesus is "the Mediator of the new covenant" (
One of Calvin's great contributions to Christian understanding was his observation that the New Testament writers expound Jesus' mediatorial ministry in terms of the three "offices" (defined roles) of prophet, priest, and king. These three aspects of Christ's work are found together in the letter to the Hebrews, where Jesus is both the messianic King, exalted to His throne (1:3, 13; 4:16; 2:9), as well as the great High Priest (2:17' 4:14 - 5:10 chs. 7:10), who offered Himself to God as a sacrifice for our sins. In addition, Christ is the massage concerning Himself (2:3). In
While in the Old Testament the mediating roles of prophet, priest, and king were fulfilled by separate individuals, all three offices now coalesce in the one person of Jesus. It is His glory, given Him by the Father, to be in this way the all-sufficient Saviour. We who believe are called to understand this, and to show ourselves His people by obeying Him as our king, trusting Him as our priest, and learning from Him as our prophet and teacher. To center on Jesus Christ in this way is the hallmark of authentic Christianity.
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