Sola Christus

31 days bigTwo more, guys! Sola Christus, in Christ Alone. Here, you’ll want this. Sang it for the duration of writing this post. Now you can have it stuck in your head, too!

Right. So, in Christ Alone our hope is found (….ahem.)

SERIOUSLY. The reason that “in Christ alone” was a rallying cry for the Protestant Reformation is twofold: Part One is priests. Part Two is pagans. (Points for alliteration? No? Come on!)

The Catholics, obviously, have priests. There are a lot of things true about priests, but the thing most important to this argument is that they are special, according to Rome. They are specially set aside as intercessors. Now, the Church does differentiate “intercessor” from “mediator,” which is the label that they provide Christ with.

The Protestants protested (I am full of the sillies tonight guys) that this was a razor-hair-thin difference. Christ alone is the mediator between God and Man. Christ alone can bridge that impossible gap. Intercessor unnecessary.

While they were at it, the same rallying cry translated well to discussions of avoiding heresy. Christ alone is our mediator, not druidism, paganism, some new book on the NYT bestseller list…okay, so maybe that wasn’t a big deal in 1475, but I imagine you gather what I mean.

So obviously the pagan thing is something we should avoid. We should be very, very careful not to place any person or philosophy above Christ and the Gospel. That’s against the first commandment, for one. But what about intercessors? Is there an argument for priesthood?

Isaiah 53:12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors.

For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

1 Timothy 2:1-2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.

1 Timothy 3:1 Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.

Hebrews 6:19-20 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20 where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Hebrews 7:23-24 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office,  but [Jesus] holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever.

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