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1 Timothy 2:5

by Don Costello  
4/04/2009 / Bible Studies

1 Timothy 2:5

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

a. mediator [3316 * mesites] [Vines: lit. a go betweenone who mediates between two parties with a view to producing peace, an is 1 Timothy 2:5, though more than mere mediatorship is view, for the salvation of men necessitated that the Mediator should Himself possess the nature and attributes of Him towards whom He acts, and should likewise participate in the nature of those for whom He acts (sin apart); only by beingboth Deity and humanity could he comprehend the claims of the one and the needs of the other; further, the claims and the needs could be met only by One who, Himself being proved sinless, would offer himself an expiatory sacrifice on behalf of men.]

b. This verse says there is only one mediator, between God and men. The above definition from Vine's clearly explains why there is only one mediator. The few Scriptures given below will amplify that truth.

1). There is only one way to the Father.

a). John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

2). Prayer is to be directed to the Father and in the name of Jesus.

a). John 14:13, 14 "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my nam, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it."

b). See also John 15:16; John 16:23.

c. DOCUMENTS OF VATICAN II, THE DOGMATIC CONSTITUTION OF THE CHURCH: Chapter VIII, The Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, in the Mystery of Christ and the Church. Article:62.
"This maternity of Mary in the order of grace began with the consent which she gave in faith at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross. This maternity will last without interruption until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. For, taken up to heaven, she did not lay aside this saving role, but by her manifold acts of intercession continues to win for us gifts of eternal salvation. But her maternal charity, Mary cares for the brethren of her Son who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and difficulties, until they are led to their happy fatherland. Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked by the Church under the titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix, and Mediatrix. These, however are to be so understood that they neither take away from nor add anything to the dignity and efficacy of Christ and the one Mediator."

d. That is a perfect example of what Catholic's call a Papal Bull, i.e., what I call a line of bull coming from the Pope. The Scriptures and comments listed under the definitions will demonstrate that. The Catholic Church in their fairy tale theology give Mary the imaginary titles of Advocate, Auxiliatrix, Adjutrix, and Mediatrix. I want to go through the definitions and give appropriate Scriptures and comments.

1). Advocate [Funk & Wagnalls: one who pleads the cause of another as in a legal or ecclesiastical court.]

a). 1 John 2:1 "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:"

b). Here again as always, the Scriptures set the record straight. Jesus is our Advocate, not Mary!

2). Auxiliatrix [Funk & Wagnalls: giving or furnishing aid or support, especially in a subordinate or secondary manner.]

a). Back in 1973 I had a Pioneer Quadraphonic Receiver that had all the bells and whistles of the top of the line back then. All the buttons and switches, and there were many, were all lit up, they all had lights inside or behind them. There were times I had the lights in the room off and I would just look at it. It was cool. Anyway on that receiver I had an "Auxilary" button. During the course of owning that receiver the regular "Phono" went bad, so I switched the plug in the back from the regular "Phono" to the "Auxilary" and then I went to the front of the receiver and pushed the "Auxilary" button and then I could play my albums.

3). Adjutrix [Funk & Wagnalls: assistance, assistant.

a). Jesus needs no assistant.
b). Hebrews 7:25 "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."

e. There are clear warnings in Scripture against any philosophy, religious or otherwise that disputes what the Scriptures say about the finished work of Christ. We need to heed them.

1). Colossians 2:8-10 "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
For in him dwell elth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power."

My name is Don Costello. Ever since I received Christ in November of 1976 I have had a passion to study and know God's word.My wife Melissa and I have 5 children.

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