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What does it mean for Jesus to be mediator?

Submitted: 12/29/2014
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Question: I'm trinitarian and am wondering how you understand Jesus' role as mediator (Job 9; Romans 8:34, 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 7:25, 8:6, 9:15, 12:24). From a web discussion: 'Trinitarians believe that Jesus intercedes with the Father on our behalf. He can do this because he is a distinct person, and he is the only competent mediator because only God can truly mediate with himself.' To the objection that, 'Why can't one person mediate between himself and a third party by playing one of his other roles? Why does it require that he be two persons?' it is answered, 'Because you only need a mediator when you can't peaceably interact with them yourself.' With that in view, can you explain Jesus' role as mediator for me?

Answer: 1 Timothy 2:5-6 says, 'For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all....' From a Oneness perspective, we point out that the Mediator is specifically identified as 'the Man.' This agrees with Colossians 1:21-22, which says, 'And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death.' Clearly the mediation and reconciliation between God and men was accomplished by means of the death of the Man, Jesus Christ, on the cross. We see the crucifixion as the once and for all intercession. We do not believe the Man Jesus is continuing to intercede in a literal way. We also believe that the Man who was crucified was God the Father in the flesh. We can make a distinction between God and His humanity, but we never want to think of them as two separate beings.