Do Jehovah's Witnesses accept Jesus Christ as their mediator as per 1 Timothy 2:5?
“There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus.” [New World Translation of 1 Timothy 2:5]
The Bible also teaches elsewhere that Christ Jesus is the mediator between God and true Christians (see, for example, Hebrews 8:6 and 9:15)
So what is the Jehovah’s Witness viewpoint on this? Is Jesus your mediator or not?
- Anonymous9 years agoFavorite Answer
To be fair, part of the problem is with the different possible senses of the word mediator. Some may use it in a GENERAL sense in speaking of Christ's role in mediating prayers. As with the term "born again," most religions improperly apply the term "mediator" to Christ in this common way, as our mediator in prayer or of Christ as our means of salvation.
However, Witnesses are interested in Scriptural accuracy even in the way they use specific terms.
And if we take the strict Scriptural usage of the word "mediator" we find that MESITHS is definitely used with a definite legal and technical sense in five out of six occurrences (Heb.8:6; 9:15; 12:24; Gal.3:19-20). Christ is the "mediator" of the New Covenant which is *only* made with those 144,000 who will rule with Christ in heaven. Thus, in the strict Scriptural sense, Jesus is not the "mediator" of those with the earthly hope. ("Insight On The Scriptures" Volume 2, pg 362).
This quote is found in the Watchtower 8/15/89; 30: "The Greek word me si'tes, used for "mediator," means 'one who finds himself between two bodies or parties.' It was a 'many- sided technical term of Hellenistic legal language.' Professor Albrecht Oepke (Theological Dictionary of the New Testament) says that me si'tes was ‘one of the most varied technical terms in the vocabulary of Hellenistic law.' ... Does this mean that there is a specific legal sense involved in Jesus' role as Mediator? Yes. Note Paul's comment at Hebrews 8:6: "Jesus ...is also the mediator of a correspondingly better covenant, which has been legally established."...The new covenant was "legally established." It laid the basis for some of Christ's followers, beginning with the apostles, to gain "entry into the holy place," heaven itself.-Hebrews 9:24; 10:16-19."
The only use of MESITHS which is not specifically in a covenant context is 1Tim.2:4-5. However, it is only reasonable to understand that Paul was here using the word "mediator" in the same way he did in his five previous writings.
"Hence, Timothy would have understood Jesus' mediatorship to be His legal role connected with the new covenant. The Pastoral Epistles, by Dibelius and Conzelmann, acknowledges that at 1 Timothy 2:5 'the term "mediator" has a legal significance,' and "although in this passage, in contrast to Heb 8:6, the [covenant] is not mentioned, one must nevertheless presuppose the meaning 'mediator of the covenant,' as the context shows." Professor Oepke observes that 1 Timothy 2:5 presents Jesus as "the attorney and negotiator."..."Consequently, 1 Timothy 2:5, 6 IS NOT USING "MEDIATOR" IN THE BROAD SENSE COMMON IN MANY LANGUAGES. It is not saying that Jesus is a mediator between God and all mankind. Rather, it refers to Christ as legal Mediator (or, "attorney") of the new covenant, this being the restricted way in which the Bible uses the term." --WatchTower 8/15/89; 30
Though in the strict sense, AS USED IN THE BIBLE, the term "mediator" is only applied to the 144,000 in the New Covenant. However, some still may use it in a general sense in speaking of Christ's role in mediating prayers. However, this is described in the Bible using different words; we pray “in Christ’s name” and “through Christ” so there is no communication lacking between God and the Great Crowd!
What many Witness opposers ignorantly attempt to do is to link Christ's being the "mediator" with the ransom provision for all. This is not correct.
We do NOT believe that "only the 144,000 are able to have their personal sins forgiven by the shed blood of Christ." Even those who have the earthly hope and are not participants in the New Covenant have their sins forgiven by the ransom (w8/15/89; 31). John showed that the ransom was for both groups when he said: "He is a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins, yet not for ours only but also for the whole world's"--1Jn 2:2
w79 4/1 31 Questions from Readers
Is Jesus the "mediator" only for anointed Christians?
The term "mediator" occurs just six times in the Christian Greek Scriptures and Scripturally is always used regarding a formal covenant.
...Christ, is the "mediator of a new covenant" between Jehovah and spiritual Israel, the "Israel of God" that will serve as kings and priests in heaven with Jesus ... The "great crowd" of "other sheep" that is forming today is not in that new covenant. However, by their associating with the "little flock" of those yet in that covenant they come under benefits that flow from that new covenant. During the millennium Jesus Christ will be their king, high priest and judge.
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- 9 years ago
To Jehovah's Witnesses, Jesus is their redemer, for all humans he is the redemer. Without him there would not be forgiveness of sin for us and it would just mean we die and that's it.
But to those mentioned in Revelation/Apocalipse as the 144000 of the annointed class, to them Jesus is their mediator. He is the mediator of the covenant in which they are adopted to be kings and priest in heaven with Jesus. All other obedient manking benefit from this covenant, so even though most of us other humans might not be of the 144000 selected by God, we will benefit in one way or another from Jesus being the mediator of the heavenly covenant.
If you would like to know more about this and other themes, next time Jehovah's Witness come to your door, ask them for a free Bible study at your convenience. You will never regret all the knowledge you will acquire and remember that what you do with that knowledge is your choice.
Knowledge + Application = WisdomSource(s): the Bible
- Anonymous9 years ago
Those who are brought into a covenant with Jehovah, through the mediator Jesus Christ, are the 144,000 anointed (the nation of spiritual Israel). Those with an earthly hope do not need a mediator because they receive this mediation vicariously through the heavenly class.
I hope this clarifies matters. You can search through older Q/A to get more details.
- Anonymous9 years ago
For there is one God, and
one mediator between God and
men, the man Christ Jesus; 1 TIMOTHY 2:5
CLOUD: Your website makes no sense. Period
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- Anonymous9 years ago
First of all it is worth mentioning that the JWs teach that after Christ's death on the cross ( 1Cor 1:17 ) God then recreated Jesus as Michael the archangel and he is currently residing in heaven as a angel.
How odd that the JWs then start talking about Jesus Christ as a mediator for some men or more specifically the 144,000 who are identified in (Rev 7: 4-8 ) as coming from the 12 tribes of Israel not from the watchtower organisation.
If we read ( 1Tim 2:5 ) some interesting facts emerge which I will emphasis.
" For there IS one God, and one mediator between God and men, the MAN Christ Jesus"
This verse is written in the present tense and furthermore Jesus is called a man not a angel. So there is no way that the JWs can claim that Jesus is in heaven as Michael the archangel.
Also read ( Acts 17:31)
" ..by that MAN.."
It is obvious the JWs are deceiving people by calling Jesus a archangel then confusingly refer to him as a mediator to only 144,000 chosen JWs in the name of Jesus.
The truth is that Jesus in not a mediator to any JW because they are unsaved and do not belong to God ( 2Cor 4:3, 1Cor 1:18, and Rom 8:9 )
If we read the next verse after ( 1Tim 2:5 ) v:6 " Who gave himself a ransom for ALL, to be testified in due time" --- it is clear that Christ's death on the cross was for all of mankind.
note : the word ransom is a reference to Christs sacrificial death on the cross for all our sins ( Rom 3:25, 2Cor 5:21, and Heb 10:12 )
Also this "due time" in ( 1Tim 2:6 ) is used in ( Rom 5:6 ) " For when we were yet without strength, in DUE TIME Christ died for the ungodly"
All JWs must believe in their hearts that Jesus died for them and make him their saviour ( 1Cor 15:1-4, Rom 10:9-10, Eph 2:8-9, and Tit 1:4 ) because it is only by Gods grace through faith in Jesus can they have eternal life. No works of any kind will be accepted by God ( Rom 4:4-5, 11:6, and Tit 3:5 )
Only then can Jesus be their mediator.Source(s): The Holy Bible -KJV 1611
- Anonymous9 years ago
Jehovah's Witnesses is the only one who accepts Jesus as their mediator, and they're the only one who apply bible principles, whether on moral standards or spiritual standards. When they pray always they conclude their prayer in behalf of Jesus name. And they are the only one who doesn't celebrate christmas, it's not biblical, nor commanded by god. Jesus never asked his disciples to celebrate his birthday that's why not indicated his birth date in the bible but false christian like you managed to fabricate date for the sake of commercial purpose.Jesus is not pagan for certain and he's the the foundation of true christianity with no christmas.
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