articles of chapter 4

Jesus – A Prophet and a Man

Jhn 6:14 When therefore the people saw the sign which Jesus did, they said, “This is truly the prophet who comes into the world.”

Mat 13:57 They were offended by him. But Jesus said to them, A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and in his own house. 21:11 And the crowds said, This is Jesus the prophet who is from Nazareth of Galilee.

Luk 24:19 He said to them, What things? They said to him; The things concerning Jesus, the Nazarene, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people; – Has God ever acted as a prophet? The angel has indeed acted as a god, in God’s name, and as God’s full representative, but God himself has not appeared as a prophet. Bible prophets are always people who, when they start their prophecy, claim this way: “God’s word came to me, etc.”.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Tim 2:5)

Paul wrote to his student Timothy: 1) There is one God 2) There is also one mediator. It is worth noting that the letter to Timothy was written, just like the other NT books, after the ascending of Christ into heaven. The apostles all had received the gift of the Holy Spirit, so the apostle Paul has written everything inspired by God. If Paul had considered Jesus not only as Son of God, but as a one of a triune God, he might have written, perhaps, in this way: “We have one triune God, whose one person Christ acts as a mediator between man and the triune God.”

In the clear words of the Bible, Christ is the one and only mediator between man and God. How could the mediator be God? No way! The Bible tells the mediator to be human. The Catholics also regard the Virgin Mary as a mediator, that we can pray. At no point does the Bible tell Mary ascended to heaven or that she has been appointed a mediator. Catholic Synods do not have this power to appoint a person an intermediary. Jesus’ mother cannot be a mediator because she is dead and buried. Jhn 3:13 No one has ascended into heaven, but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven.

 

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