It Doesn't Just Happen

25 September 2012 by Neil

Q. 69. What is the communion in grace which the members of the invisible church have with Christ?
A. The communion in grace which the members of the invisible church have with Christ, is their partaking of the virtue of his mediation, in their justification, adoption, sanctification, and whatever else, in this life, manifests their union with him.

For more than a year, with the occasional short interruption to catch our breath, and with the occasional longer interruption during which the gadfly team backpacked our way along the entire length of the Pan-American Highway, we've been stickhandling questions and answers about mediation, and about someone called the Mediator. And now we encounter mediation again, but this time, it's towing along some hefty theological words like sanctification, adoption, and justification.

For now, let's remember that salvation doesn't just happen. God doesn't just sort of weigh out the averages and decide who gets in based on who is good enough. No. Salvation is way harder than that.  No one is good enough. None of us can justify ourselves. None of us can sanctify ourselves to anything remotely approaching the standards of our maker. None of us can force our way into the family of God as treasured offspring.

Only one Man could do this on our behalf. And only God can make a people for God's name. And only one Man is God. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. -- 1 Timothy 2:5-6