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Principles of Public Worship: The Mediator

Second on Ryle’s list of “leading principles of public worship.” is that “true public worship must be directed to God through the mediation of Christ.” Any attempt to approach God in any other way is futile.


It is written plainly, ’I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me’ (John 14:6). It is written of Christians, that they are a people who ‘come unto God by Christ’ (Heb. 7:25). The mighty Being with whom we have to do, without controversy, is a God of infinite love, kindness, mercy, and compassion. ‘God is love.’ But it is no less true that he is a Being of infinite justice, purity, and holiness, that he has an infinite hatred of sin, and cannot bear that which is evil. He is the same God that cast down the angels from heaven, drowned the world with a flood, and burned up Sodom and Gomorrah. He who carelessly presumes to draw near to him without an atonement and a mediator, or by any other mediator than the one Mediator whom he has appointed, will find that he worships in vain. ‘Our God is a consuming fire’ (Heb. 7:29).

—J. C. Ryle, Knots Untied (Banner of Truth, 2016), 314–315.

Posted 2017·06·14 by David Kjos
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