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Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in Him.

- Psalm 2:12

For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

- Hebrews 10:14

Therefore cloth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I may take it again.

No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of My Father.

- John 10:17-18

As Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as Thou hast given Him.

- John 17:2

 


 

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a Aoman, made under the law,

To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

- Galatians 4:4-5

Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of the flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.

- Hebrews 2:14

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

- I Corinthians 15:22

 

The mediator must be God for the following four reasons:


The Mediator Must Be God

1. To support His human nature in order to bear the full wrath of God against sin. Any mere creature would have collapsed under, and been consumed by, God's anger against sin.

2. To give an infinite value to His work. No mere creature could ever finish paying the eternal price required for sin, nor could he ever pay the price for millions of sinners. As an eternal and infinite Being, only God could fully pay sin's price in a short time.

3. To have the power to lay down His life andpower to take it again. No mere creature has the right to enter into death for others, for creatures do not have disposal of their own lives, since they cannot take them up again. Justice will not allow death to reign over the innocent.

4. To apply the righteousness earned to sinners. No mere creature would be able to apply life to others, to place new spiritual life into spiritually dead sinners.


The mediator must also be truly man. He must be human for the following three reasons:


The Mediator Must Be Human

1. To satisfy God's justice. The righteous justice of God required that the same human nature that sinned must pay the penalty for sin. This human nature included both soul and body - for both had sinned.

2. To be able to suffer and die. To be able to physically suffer and die, one must be human. Neither God nor angels could suffer in both body and soul and die.

3. To be man's second covenant head, kinsman, redeemer, and high priest. To be the second Adam - placed under the law, a near kinsman, and tempted in all points as we are - He must be human.


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