“This office of mediator between God and man is proper only to Christ, who is the prophet, priest, and king of the church of God; and may not be either in whole, or any part thereof, transferred from him to any other.”
— 1689 London Baptist Confession, Chapter 8, Paragraph 9
Those who call themselves Christians look to Jesus Christ at the center of their beliefs. Regardless of your denomination, that much is true… whether you are Catholic, Mormon, Arminian, or Calvinist. However, over the years interpretations of what the Bible says have increased, bringing forth so-called ‘Christians’ who have tainted what is taught in Scripture. As a result of an increase in false gospels, there have been many people who have followed a false version of Jesus Christ. So who exactly is Jesus for someone like me, James, or Ashton? I will answer that question with the next Sola, Solus Christus.
I worship, praise, and love the true Jesus Christ and I know Him to be the true One because of what it says in Scripture, something I view as the highest authority on earth. I opened this post with a portion of the 1689 London Baptist Confession. It proclaims how Christ is the only mediator between man and God. It names Him as the prophet, priest, and king of the Church, which cannot be transferred to any other person (You hear that Pope?). In Christ Alone we are able to be saved.
Christ as our Mediator
Jesus Christ alone is our mediator between God and man. A mediator is one who tries to resolve a conflict between two or more people. In other words, a go-between. In the case for us, Jesus is between man and God. Man has sinned against God, rebelling against Him in disobedience. Because of our sinful nature, we deserve to be punished. However, God gives us faith (Click here to read Monday’s post on Sola Fide) through His grace (Click here to read Tuesday’s post on Sola Gratia) so that we could be saved in Christ alone.
Scripture is very clear about this in agreement. 2 Timothy 2:5 (ESV) reads, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” You can’t get much clearer than that. The only mediator between us and God is Jesus Christ. Before His arrival, man was in desperate need of someone who could approach God on man’s behalf. Until Christ came, there was nobody. Even Moses couldn’t approach God in the flesh without dying (Exodus 33:20).
However, God had mercy on us and sent us His Son. John 3:16-18 (ESV) reads, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.” As James stated in his final Misread Text post (click here to read the outstanding post), the word ‘world’ refers to how God loves the elect, both Jews and Gentiles. And so Jesus came to save those who believe in Him from perishing. Because Jesus is our mediator and we believe in Him, we are saved.
Let me explain it in a very simple way with an analogy. Imagine an interview and you are sitting in front of the boss. When you hand him a folder with your résumé, he sets it aside and picks up another folder. As he opens it, he sees another résumé. One that is perfect with not a single error or mistake. Immediately you get the position. For us who are of the elect, the process is similar. From the beginning of time, God chose us to be saved (Ephesians 1:4). Then Christ came and lived a perfect life; yet he suffered a sinner’s horrid death. Because of this, God will look to Christ’s perfect and blameless life when it is our time to enter heaven and collect our inheritance. That is what it means for Christ to be our mediator. It is in Christ Alone, that position is filled.
Christ as our Great Shepherd
Jesus is our Great Shepherd and the head of the church. The following three reasons give Christ authority over the church of God: Christ as the Prophet, priest, and king.
- Christ as our Prophet
First off, Jesus is the Prophet of the church. To get the best understanding of this, let’s dive into Scripture. Hebrews 1:1-2 (ESV) reads, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” Before Jesus came to us, God would speak through prophets. However, the writer says that in today’s world, He has spoken to us through His son, Jesus Christ. Thus making Jesus the prophet of God’s church. Jesus was the final revelation that came at one time, in one way, in and only through Jesus Christ. Therefore, because God has spoken through His Son with finality and because Scripture is finalized with the completion of the New Testament, no additional books are required to further explain the Gospels (You hear that Mormons?).
2. Christ as our priest.
In addition to Christ being our prophet, He is our priest as well. Scripture verifies this in Hebrews 3:1-2a (ESV) for as it reads, “Therefore, holy brothers, you who share in a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession, who was faithful to him who appointed him…” The writer starts off by addressing the audience, which are his fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We who have received a higher calling from God. Then he mentions how Jesus is the apostle and high priest of our faith. But more than that, it shows that God was the one to appoint Jesus as our priest.
Back in the day, the High Priest of Israel would be the one who the Hebrew people went to in order to learn the will of God. However, once Jesus Himself became the High Priest of God’s church, He took that duty. This points back to Him being the mediator between man and God. In addition to that, when you think of a priest, you’ll probably think of someone who teaches the Word of God, such as a pastor or preacher… in other words, a Shepherd. Well Jesus talks about this in His own words, for as it reads in John 10:27-30 (ESV), “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
Often times will a pastor or preacher be called a shepherd. This is because they are watching over God’s people like a shepherd watches over his sheep. Both the church leaders and shepherd care and nurture those below them. And in this case, Jesus is the Great Shepherd. We are His sheep and we hear His voice. Just as He knows us, we know Him. Through Christ alone, we are given eternal life and will never perish. We who are truly a part of the elect are unable to be snatched out of Jesus’s hand, nor the Father’s hand. For it is our Father that gave Jesus His authority and with that, we are safe.
3. Christ as our King.
Finally, Christ is our king. He is the head of the church of God with all the authority that comes with it. A great passage, in this case, to look at is Colossians 1:15-18. The ESV version reads, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.“
This passage is all about how Christ is the king. He is the firstborn of all creation. Literally, the world and time are centered around Jesus Christ. Being a firstborn used to be a very big ordeal. It typically meant that he would receive the father’s blessing as well as the majority (or all) of his father’s will. And so in this case, it illustrates how big of a deal it was. It then says very clearly that Christ is the head of the body, or in other words, the church. You hear that Pope? Going back to the reformation, Solus Christus was another thing that went against the wrong beliefs that were taught in the Catholic church. Being the beginning and the firstborn from the dead, Christ is preeminent in everything, surpassing all things.
It is extremely important to understand that this is the true Jesus Christ. I know this through studying the Scripture, the very Word of God Himself. Why do I stress this? Because Jesus says the following in Matthew 7:22-23 (ESV), “ On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’” That is why we must be sure that we worship the one true God and Christ.
So, what does Jesus Christ mean to me? My answer lies in Solus Christus. Jesus Christ came down to be the mediator between me and God. As a member of the body of Christ, I view Jesus as the head of the Church; as the prophet, as the priest, and as the king over God’s church. The best way to end this post is with another verse. In John 14:6 (ESV), it says, “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.‘” This is the very essence of Solus Christus. May Jesus Christ be the sole mediator between God and man and may none attempt to take on His role, neither in part or in whole.
Solus Christus! Soli Deo Gloria!