“The Mediator and the New Covenant” Part 4

Once again our question: Who are the parties in dispute who require mediation?

The Scriptures indicate that the two parties are God on the one hand and the “sons of
disobedience
” on the other; those not yet reconciled to him, “children of wrath”, out of
harmony both with himself and with his laws. Clearly it is these two parties that are in need of
mediation.

“Note the difference between the above and the Church's attitude to the Father and the Son during this
Gospel Age. We are introduced to the Father at once, because our hearts are in the right condition—
desirous of knowing and doing God's will to the extent of our ability and trusting in the merit of Christ's
sacrifice already applied on our behalf.
When we consecrate our lives after the example of our
Redeemer--"
to suffer with him," "to be dead with him," that we may live and reign with him--
the Redeemer, according to the Father's Plan, becomes our
Advocate, endorses our petition,
applies his merit on our behalf and becomes guarantor for us, that we may be loyal to God, or die the
Second Death.
As our Advocate, our Lord does not stand between the Father and us, but stands
with
us as our Elder Brother, as Chief Priest over his own House of Priests. "For both he that
sanctifies and they who are sanctified, are all of one; for which cause he is not ashamed to call
them brethren; saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren; in the midst of the Church will
I sing praise unto thee
." (Heb 2:11, 12)

The Redeemer purposes no mediatorial work in behalf of the Church. He is not our Mediator, he
is our Advocate.
"We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous." (I John 2:
1
) Instead of standing between the Father and us, as during the Millennium he will stand between the
Father and the world, he introduces us immediately to the Father, and the Father, on receiving us,
immediately begets us of the Holy Spirit. Our Lord's words are,
"No man cometh unto the Father but
by me" --
the Advocate of the Church.

As sinners we had no relationship to God. When we believed and turned from sin we had a justification by
faith
tentatively imputed to us, permitting us to draw nigh to God and to hear his message through
Christ-- speaking peace to us and informing us of the High Calling and assuring us that "
Now is the
acceptable time
"; that during this Gospel Age he is willing to accept us as living sacrifices through the
merit of Jesus and to beget us of the Holy Spirit to the divine nature.
The moment we accepted those
terms our Redeemer became
our Advocate and immediately the entire contract was closed and
we were begotten of the Holy Spirit
. We were no longer in the flesh, but in the spirit--no longer in the
Courtyard condition, but in the Holy or spirit begotten condition.
The New Creature being without sin
needed no Mediator to come between it and God.

Now even though the New Creature requires no Mediator it does have need of an Advocate.
Even though it is in full relationship with the Father and even though as a New Creature it has no sin--the
sins cancelled at Calvary were those of the old creature only.
Is it asked why the New Creature,
begotten of God, sinless, needs an Advocate?
We reply that it is because he has the treasure of the
new mind in an earthen vessel that is very imperfect through the fall. The sins of his mortal body were all
cancelled through the imputation of the Advocate's merit and at that moment the old nature died and
ceased its responsibility. He that is dead "
hath ceased from sin." (I Pet 4:1) The New Creature, which at
that moment was begotten and as a new mind or new will took possession of the mortal body reckoned
dead, is held responsible for its conduct in exactly the same manner that the owner of a dog is
responsible for him. Whatever violence the dog may do, the owner is responsible, because he should have
chained him up. So we, as New Creatures, are responsible for our hands, our feet, our eyes, our tongues,
in what they may do. If the tongue slanders another through weakness, force of habit, etc., the New
Creature is responsible and must give an account.” (
R4584 Par. 3-6)

The Church is not included with the world because they are already at one with God, reconciled, this
reconciliation (or at-one-ment) they received NOT through any mediation, but simply through
faith in the blood, faith in Christ
AND in their membership in the body.

The reason we stress upon their membership in the body as being prerequisite to their reconciliation
(their complete or full reconciliation) is because there exist in the household of faith those of
differing
degrees of reconciliation
. Some as of yet, the unconsecrated have only received a measure of
reconciliation, a measure of peace
(Rom 5:1) this they received when through faith in Christ they
entered the “
courtyard condition” the “tentatively justified condition”. We say “a measure of peace
because they are not yet fully in harmony with God as indicated by their unwillingness to fully surrender
themselves in full consecration, to take up their crosses and follow in the Master’s footsteps, which of
course would naturally lead them to sacrifice something which they are not prepared to do. The majority
of these are quite content with the belief that a mere profession of faith is all that is required of them.

The fully consecrated on the other hand realize that much more is expected of them than simply a
mere profession of faith especially if they would ever hope to gain the prize of the high calling which is in
Christ Jesus our Lord. These having followed in their Master’s footsteps not only receive their justification
through him (actual justification, reckoned so), but likewise
peace with God, but more than this they
receive “t
he peace of God which passes all understanding” (Phil 4:7) a full and complete peace
obtained only by those who have submitted themselves totally to His will, and are thus at one with him,
relieved of all anxiety, worry, or concern completely confident in the LORD’s over rulings, divine
providence, these are considered more than just God’s friends, but his sons, begotten of the Holy Spirit.

And so we would consider those in the courtyard condition (the mere professor), not yet reconciled to
God in the truest sense as being part of the world likewise, “
children of wrath”, these along with the
rest of the world will require mediation in order to complete the atonement between themselves and the
LORD
.

“Gradually those who went out from us because they were "
not of us" are going into darkness on all
subjects,
especially this one. This was to be expected. A root of bitterness developing in the heart affects
the sight. Light becomes darkness; darkness becomes light. New things pass away. All things become old
again in the wrong sense.

These friends, not content with urging un-scripturally that they need a Mediator between them and God,
become very angry with us because we point out to them the truth on the subject--that
the Mediator is
between God and men and
NOT between God and the New Creature (the Church, the body of
Christ
)…These erstwhile friends, busy seeing what they can object to, are step by step walking into
darkness.” (
Be careful my friends that you are not found among them). R4585

In our next post we will address our forth question, who specifically is the Mediator? The typical
answer is Christ, but who exactly is Christ?


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