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One Mediator

“There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

Israel had the truth committed to them that there was one God, in contrast to the many deities of the heathen. Christianity bears witness to the fact that there is a mediator—but only one—between God and men. But, as in everything entrusted to the hand of men, failure has come in. Christendom has added many mediators of their own choosing. What must God think of this dishonor done to His Son!

History bears witness to the early introduction of various “mediators.” Men did what angels would not dare to do: they set up angels as mediators. It is recorded that in the 10th century, churches dedicated to Michael were thronged by multitudes seeking the intercession of Michael the archangel. Alas, what wickedness!

Men have also taken upon themselves to make “saints” of departed souls in heaven, and to them many pray. Surely it is the work of the enemy of God and men to suggest that anyone could share in the glorious work of the one Mediator. Among these man-made mediators, the first and foremost is the Virgin Mary. What would she herself say of this? She who, when told of the birth of the Savior, said, “My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour” (Luke 1:47). Yes, she too needed a Savior, and she would be the last one to sanction this form of idolatry.

Again, and again, and again, let it be affirmed that there is “one [and only one] mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave Himself a ransom for all” (1 Timothy 2:5,6).

—Paul Wilson