How can I approach God as a sinner? Wouldn’t it be better if I ask a priest to mediate?

The Bible teaches that there is one mediator between man and God “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5). Only through Jesus can the sinner be reconciled to God (John 14:5–6; Rom. 5:1–2). God does not need to be reconciled to man, for it was His “will” (1 Timothy 2:4) that initiated the plan of salvation. In addition, He provided the means of salvation through Christ’s life and death (Romans 5:10). Paul here clearly rules out the need of human mediators (priests or saints) and the supposed value that some have attached to such attempted mediation.

Jesus is the Only mediator because He redeemed us with His blood “(He) gave himself a ransom for all” (1 Timothy 2:6). And He alone lived a perfect sinless life “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). Therefore, only Christ qualifies to be our Mediator before the Father.

Having, through His human nature, experienced the weaknesses that are common to man—though without sin—Christ is fully sympathetic with the problems and difficulties that the sincere Christian has to face. In fact, one purpose of the incarnation was that Deity might come so close to humanity as to experience the very same problems and infirmities that are our common lot. By so doing, Christ is more than qualified to become our High Priest and to represent us before the Father. We have a Savior who can understand our nature and can be merciful to us.

Therefore, the Bible teaches, “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16). We can approach God directly through Jesus Christ, without an intermediary; and trusting in His mercy, we may “boldly” come to Him in Jesus’ name ” If you ask anything in My name, I will do it(John 14:14).

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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