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The Bible speaks of the following three types of mediators:

1. A messenger (or mediator of communication) - One who relates the thoughts of one party to another, as Moses frequently served as God's mouthpiece to Israel

2. An advocate (or mediator of intercession) - One who pleads the cause of another, as Moses often did for the sins of the nation of Israel

3. A peacemaker (or mediator of reconciliation) - One who pays the price for, and reconciles disagreeing parties; one who atones to make peace, as Judah offered to pay the full price so that Benjamin could be freed

The following chart illustrates how the Lord Jesus Christ serves as Mediator between God and His people in all three of the previous manners:

Jesus Christ Serves As Mediator Of:

1. Communication; as Messanger

I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him.

- Deuteronomy 18:18

2. Intercession; as Advocate

Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.

- Hebrews 7:25

3. Reconciliation; as Peacemaker

Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

- Hebrews 9:12

To be the mediator of sinners, this person must be God, human, and perfectly sinless - all in one person. No other could fully satisfy God's attributes, reconcile God with sinners, and deliver others from sin and its results.

 

And the LORD said unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say unto the children of Israel.

- Exodus 20:22a

Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according to the greatness of Thy mercy, and as Thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.

And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word.

- Numbers 14:19-20

Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go tip with his brethren.

- Genesis 44:33

 


 

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

And for this cause He is the Mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

- Hebrews 9:14-15

 

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