THERE IS NO OTHER INTERMEDIARY!
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No
one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6 NIV).
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the
man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5 NIV).
The supremacy of Jesus Christ (as explained briefly two weeks
ago) cannot be over-emphasized. This was the thrust of the book to the Hebrews.
However, it amuses me to see some people trying to place other prophets,
priests, and even religious leaders side by side with Jesus or even above Him
when these people are relating with God. To some of these people, they are
honouring Jesus Christ by going to God through other means. To others, they are
following the Old Testament examples of relating with God through prophets,
priests and angels. Others are just ignorant of their position in God or are
too lazy to relate with God directly, so, they depend on their religious
leaders to relate with God for them. However, the truth of the matter is that
there is no other mediator or intermediary between God and man except Jesus
Christ, and He has encouraged us to come boldly and directly to Him.
The scope of this message cannot accommodate all the
explanations and Bible verses about this matter. Nevertheless, let me use this
illustration to buttress the matter: my son will boldly and directly come to me
for anything he needs, and I do not need any intermediary to relate with him.
If he cannot come boldly and directly to me, then something is wrong somewhere.
If God is your heavenly Father, and you are genuinely His son or daughter, you
should be able to relate with Him directly without any other intermediary apart
from Jesus Christ.
Let me briefly quote some verses from the book to the Hebrews:
“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets
at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us
by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the
universe” (Hebrews 1:1-2 NIV).
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone
through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we
profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our
weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are —
yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need”
(Hebrews 4:14-16 NIV).
“But the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as
the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, and it is
founded on better promises” (Hebrews 8:6 NIV).
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our
faith...” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV).
You may ask about the roles of religious leaders. They are not
intermediaries between God and people like the Old Testament priests and
prophets. Their roles are now advisory. They are like a shepherd to the flock
(see 1 Peter 5:1-4). They are to lead and disciple others who will be able to
lead and disciple other people (see Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 2:2).
Are you still relating with God through any other intermediary
apart from Jesus Christ? Or, are you making people to depend on you or any
other means to relate with God? That is an aberration. There is no other
intermediary between man and God except Jesus Christ! Relate with Him directly
and you will really enjoy your relationship with Him.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: God, help me to relate with You directly and
boldly without any other intermediary apart from the Lord Jesus Christ so as to
enjoy You wholly, and do not let me mislead other people to have any other
intermediary between them and You apart from the Lord Jesus Christ.