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“ The God that rules on high,
And all the world surveys, Who rides upon the stormy sky,
And calms the troubled seas ;
" This awful God is ours,
A God of boundless love ;
To carry us above.
« Then let our songs abound,
And ev'ry tear be dry ; We're marching through Immanuel's ground
To fairer worlds on high.”
Wertheim and Macintosh, 24, Paternoster-row, London.
CHRIST THE ONLY MEDIATOR.
REV. BEAVER H. BLACKER, M. A.,
ST. MARY'S, DONNYBROOK, DUBLIN.
'Thou art the Way: to Thee alone
From sin and death we flee;
Must seek Him, Lord, by Thee.
Grant us that Way to know,
Whose joys eternal flow."
24, PATERNOSTER-ROW ; DUBLIN: W. CURRY AND CO., UPPER SACKVILLE-STREET.
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CHRIST THE ONLY MEDIATOR.
For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus.”—1 Tim. ii. 5.
WHILE the Word of Almighty God permits the intercession of living saints in behalf of their living brethren, it totally excludes that most anti-scriptural opinion, that departed saints may be supplicated to mediate between God and men :
6 There is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.” We may, therefore, and we ought to, pray for each other here ; but since the work of mediating, or of effecting reconciliation, belongs exclusively to Him who died upon the cross for sinners, they who employ other mediators (as is publicly avowed and practised in the Church of Rome) forsake God, “ the fountain of living waters,” and hewing out for themselves “cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water,” (Jer. ii. 13,) dishonour the Lord Jesus, and worship the creature as well as, or even more than, the Creator.
I have thus exemplified one of the many species of false worship. It is true that God appointed a kind of mediator between Himself and the Jews, and conferred the office first on Moses, then on Aaron, and subsequently on the high-priests in succession ; but all these, as we know, were merely typical, were mere shadows of that one great Highpriest and Mediator who was to be revealed, and “who, when He had by Himself once purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Heb. i. 3), where He, and He alone, “ever liveth to make intercession” for us. (Heb. vii. 25.) This one Mediator we have; and hence it follows that the worship which so many persons pay to angels and saints is really a false worship, not distinguishable from idolatry.* It has indeed been urged as
an excuse, that they worship them only as mediators. Yet even if this excuse were good (which we, from the public and allowed offices of their Church, may well deny), to apply to a false mediator is as much a departure from Christ Jesus, our only Advocate, as to worship a false deity is withdrawing our allegiance from the true God. St. Paul says expressly, “ Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.” (Col. ii. 18, 19.) In such terms the Apostle forewarned Chris
Bishop Jeremy Taylor's “ Whole Works,” vol. vi. p. 213.