Published by LT on 01 Dec 2008 at 02:36 am
2:1 First of all, then, I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, 2:2 even for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.
2:3 Such prayer for all is good and welcomed before God our Savior,
2:4 since he wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
2:5 For there is one God and one intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human,
2:6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, revealing God’s purpose at his appointed time.
An intermediary is one who acts as a mediator, one who stands in the middle between two parties. The function of a mediator is to reconcile two parties or connect them. If Jesus is the only mediator between me and God then there can be no other mediator. This conflicts with covering theology which teaches that church leaders represent God’s authority in our lives. They become another go-between, a middle person that connects us to God.
There are other scriptures that reinforce this idea that we require no others that stand in the middle between ourselves and God.
8:10 “For this is the covenant that I will establish with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and I will inscribe them on their hearts. And I will be their God and they will be my people.
8:11 “And there will be no need at all for each one to teach his countryman or each one to teach his brother saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ since they will all know me, from the least to the greatest.
8:12 “For I will be merciful toward their evil deeds, and their sins I will remember no longer.”
2:27 Now as for you, the anointing that you received from him resides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things, it is true and is not a lie. Just as it has taught you, you reside in him.
2:4 So as you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but chosen and priceless in God’s sight, 2:5 you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.