Bible Reading: Hebrews 12:22-29
What does God and the Bible mean by by this term - is it the same as the dictionary definition of mediation?
In the garden of Eden there was a Adam and Eve disobeyed God and there was a break in communication because of disobedience of man:
"they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden"..."he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life" (Genesis 3:8, 24).
God didn't want there to be be a barrier between Him (as creator and Father) and his children who had turned away from His holy way of living (thinking, talking and walking). God doesn't want this break. He sent firstly Moses as the first mediator between God and man and his Law. Jesus then became the second mediator and of a new covenant. Galatians 3:19-22 summarises this,
"Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator [Moses]. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe.
Why? God says in Hosea 6:6 "I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings".
"In the New Testament, Christ in his role of mediator is in exactly the same role as Moses: communicating the new covenant from God to all people. Consider the references in Hebrews: Now Jesus is the “the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises…And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament…And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant…” (Heb. 8:6; 9:15; 12:24). Every instance refers to the case of communicating a covenant, the new covenant which Jesus Christ relays from God to humankind." (Read more here Tidings Magazine)
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ (1 Timothy 2:5)
How do we access this mediatorship that Jesus Christ is offering? By
1) reading, believing and obeying the Bible message delivered firstly to Abraham (the Gospel)
2) joining the family of God through baptism
3) continuing walking with God, guided by the Gospel revealed in the Bible
4) grace of God at the judgement seat of Jesus Christ
"For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:27-29).