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Should people worship both God and the ancestors? Here's an answer : OPINION

It cannot be denied that man needs a mediator in order to be reconciled to God. Rather, the question is: Who, according to the Bible, has God determined to mediate between man and God? to defend the need for ancestors as mediators without offering convincing answers to these questions.


This article will argue that because of the mediation of Christ, there is no room or need for the mediation of our ancestors. We cannot claim mediation within African Traditional Religion (ATR) along with the mediation of Christ. Purpose of a mediator A mediator is a person who stands between two parties to foster relationships between them.



The key words here are "promote relationships", which means that the two parties are unable to understand themselves or to enter into a relationship.In the Old Testament, the patriarchs, Moses, the Levitic judges, prophets, kings and priests acted as mediators between God and Israel. As Hancock wrote in his dictionary entry on mediation: “


"Basically there was a twofold scheme of mediation: the prophetic (to man) in which a particular agent reveals, proclaims, and interprets God's will to man; and the priestly (worship), in which God is addressed by a certain representative, reconciled and sought in the name of man. In relationships between two people, one or both parties can be responsible for the breakdown of a friendship.



The mediator may be necessary to restore the relationship, to bring about reconciliation, but in the case of the relationship between God and man, it is man who is wrong. God is not responsible for the alienation between him and man that is a result of the fact that, since Genesis 3, God has sought reconciliation with mankind while hiding from him.


There is only one true mediator. Now we come to the two questions mentioned above. Whom has God appointed to be the sole mediator?Why was his work and is it necessary? We will answer these questions by looking at some different stages in Christ's role as mediator.


Christ's Pre-Incarnated Mediation In choosing, Christ was the only mediator before he was incarnated (Hebrews 10:57). First, the pre-incarnated mediation of Christ. it shows in the choice of Christians in eternity. Men and women are saved from sin because they were chosen (or known) in Christ in eternity (Ephesians 1: 4). Rejecting Christ would do so because they were chosen to be lost.


No, God does not choose anyone to reject Christ. Outside of Christ, men and women are already in a state of condemnation, for the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). .But in His sovereign will and grace, God has chosen some to be saved from His righteous judgment against sin and rebellion. The doctrine of election is a difficult but emphatic and obvious doctrine in the Bible.


By God's promise. Second, Christ's pre-human mediation is evident in God's promise of deliverance from sin. For example, God made a promise to Adam immediately after the fall of man. God promised him that through the woman's seed he would find a way back to fellowship with himself (Genesis 3: 14-15). He made his covenant with Abraham and said to him, "For your descendants I will bless all the nations.


" God's prophets, especially Isaiah, also foretold the mediation of Christ many years before his coming as Savior (Isaiah 5253). Third, we see the pre-incarnated mediation of Christ in the types or shadows.Abraham's offering from Isaac, for example, was a picture of God's gift from his only son.


God provided a replacement. The blood of the Lamb painted on the doorpost of every Israelite house in Egypt also spoke of salvation through faith in Christ alone (Exodus 12:13). The Pattern of Worship in the Tabernacle (Hebrews 10: 118) He pointed to the sacrifice of Christ, the only way in which repentant sinners can be reconciled to God. to Christ.


He is the only mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2: 5). His coming was essential to save people from their sins (Matthew 1:21). Of all the mediators in the Old Testament, Moses was the most prominent mediator who represented the people before God and also communicated to the people what God had revealed;


However, despite his preeminent role as a mediator, his role was to point to or to announce Christ as the only mediator (Hebrews 3:16).The mediation of Christ in the New Testament, the importance of the prophetic and priestly locks locks until Christ appeared as a man.


https://africa.thegospelcoalition.org/article/ancestors-mediate/

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