Do We Need A Human Mediator?

Do We Need A Human Mediator? Bible Question.

Question:

“Does a time ever come in the life of a Christian that he sins to the point that, even though he repents, he cannot pray for himself, but must have some righteous brother to pray for him?”

Answer:

The answer to your question is given clearly by the Word of God itself . . .

This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,1 Timothy 2:3 – 5 (New American Standard Bible)

First, God wants all people to be saved. Second, there is one mediator between God and us – Jesus Christ. That just does not leave room for any other person to be a mediator between any Christian and God.

The Scripture show that the church of the Lord is “the household of God” (1 Timothy 3:15). Then the apostle Peter writes, “Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:1 – 5)

Notice that we – Christians – are a holy priesthood. Christ is our High Priest (Hebrews 4:15, etc.). But each of us is a priest of God, and as such, we have access to God without the intervention of any other human being.

It is right and proper to ask others to pray for us (1 Thessalonians 5:25; 2 Thessalonians 3:1; Hebrews 13:18; etc.). Quite often one feels the need to confess his sins and weaknesses to other brothers (James 5:16), and even to the church, so that they can pray for him. But when one repents, he can ask God to forgive him right then.

Our forgiveness is not based on someone else praying for us, for that would make that person a mediator through whom we must go to have access to God. Christ is the only mediator. That means your brother in Christ, the preacher, the elders, nor even the congregation can serve as a mediator. Your forgiveness is between you and God, with Christ as the advocate or intermediary.

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Being A Godly Example: 3 Principles

Being A Godly Example: 3 Principles (1 Timothy 4:12; 1 Peter 2:11 – 12; Philippians 4:9) – Bible Lesson. Teen Bible Lesson.

There are many role models in our society, some good and some bad. Often we get so caught up in admiring or imitating our role models that we forget to think about what kind of spiritual example they are setting for us. The apostles Peter and Paul give clear advice about being a Christian example. In today’s lesson, we will consider three principles.

Your teacher will give you one of the following research assignments. Study the assigned Scripture texts and be ready to report upon them.

Principle One: Refuse to act your age.

1. To whom was Paul writing? Describe their relationship (Acts 16:1 – 5; 1 Timothy 1:2).

2. What task was Timothy given by Paul (1 Timothy 1:3)? What seemed to be the charge that false teachers made against Timothy (1 Timothy 4:12a)?

3. How did Paul suggest that this charge be answered (1 Timothy 4:12b)?

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Principle Two: Resist cultural pressure.

4. To whom was Peter writing (1 Peter 1:1)? Do you find it difficult to be a good example when you are around a lot of people who are different from you? Explain.

5. How might Peter refute this old saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do?” See 1 Peter 2:11.

6. Read 1 Peter 2:12? What are positive and negative results of trying to “fit in” with non-Christian acquaintances? Which result outweighs the other? Explain.

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Principle Three: Respond to godly mentors.

7. To whom was Paul writing (Philippians 1:1)? Describe their relationship (Acts 16:10 – 12; Philippians 1:3 – 6).

8. What command did Paul have for the Philippian Christians (Philippians 4:9a)? Do you think this was a reasonable command in this case? Why or why not?

9. What results did Paul promise for obedience to that command (Philippians 4:9b)? Knowing that Paul was in prison when he wrote these words, do you believe that this promise is credible? Explain.

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As young Christians, we can lead spiritually disciplined lives and display maturity that cannot be judged by our ages alone. We can refuse to “conform . . . to the pattern of this world (Romans 12:2). We can be teachable and follow the pattern of godly mentors. Find great examples – the best being Jesus. And while we are learning, we also teach.

Personal Application: Living as a godly example can be very difficult, especially since we are so influenced by the world. How have you chosen to express Jesus in your life? Are there changes you need to make in your example to others?

Related Links:

Encouragement For Teens and Young People (rmhic.wordpress.com)

Our Lives Teach Us Who We Are (rmhic.wordpress.com)

A Spirit Controlled Life (or Not) (rmhic.wordpress.com)

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