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To be a mediator for lost sinners, this person must not only be God and human, but He must also be a perfectly sinless person. This is true for the following three reasons:


The Mediator Must Be Perfectly Sinless

1. To pay the full price for guilty sinners. One with debts himself could not pay for, nor redeem others. If He had any sin, He would also be guilty and in debt to God.

2. To earn eternal life for sinners. Eternal life is the reward for perfect obedience. If the Mediator had any sin, He could not restore that which the first Adam lost. A sinner cannot be a surety for another.

3. To enable His human and divine natures to be united in one Person. The divine nature could not take upon, and be united to, the human nature if the human nature was not perfectly sinless.


The only acceptable mediator to reconcile sinful human creatures with their holy, divine Creator is one that is God, human, and perfectly sinless - all in one Person!

As God, the Mediator would present God manward and as man, the Mediator would present man Godward. God and man would be eternally united in one sinless Person - the perfect Mediator!

No mere human being can be his own mediator with God for the following three reasons:


No Person Can Be His Own Mediator Because:

1. Everyone is born with the guilt and pollution of original sin.

2. Everyone commits actual sins in thoughts, words, and actions.

3. No one can bear the full wrath of God against sin nor make satisfaction for his own sin.

 

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

- Luke 1:35

For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

- II Corinthians 5:21

Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth.

- I Peter 2:22

For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens.

- Hebrews 7:26

 

  • Surety - One who is responsible or accountable for another; one who agrees to pay for the damages caused by another

  • How do the following verses contradict those who teach that man can save himself through doing good works?

    And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work.

    - Romans 11:6

    Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justifed by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

    Galatians 2:16


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