Wednesday, Feb. 10
Last week our preacher, Tom Thieme, spoke on the subject of Christ being a priest after the order of Melchizedek. In the midst of this passage is Heb. 7:22. “Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantee of a better covenant.” Tom took time to clarify the difference between a guarantor and a mediator, which I appreciated very much. The oath and the new covenant are both significant in regard to the high priesthood of Christ, but I would like to bypass that for now and just focus on the word “guarantee.” The terms “mediator” and “guarantor” are metaphors. They conjure up scenes in a courtroom. Like parables and analogies, metaphors are limited. Carried too far, they lead to erroneous conclusions. Both “mediator” and “guarantor” are terms used by the author of Hebrews to reveal the role of Jesus in the redemption process. Just as with parables and analogies, these two terms come from common human customs, and are meant to help us understand concepts that are outside of our cultural realm. I’m going to go a bit farther than Tom went and it will take more space than normally occupied by a single blog, so tomorrow we will pursue what a mediator and a guarantor does, and later on how they help us understand Jesus’ role in the redemptive process.