I truly respect people who have taken a calling to ministry seriously and have dedicated their life to serving Christ and His people. I am very confused though by the media saying statements like;
“We now have a new Pope, the man who has the highest authority/responsibility between Man and God” and “Pope elected as the supreme ambassador”
From my reading of scripture I see a very different picture. When I consider how man relates to God, one would argue that in the Old Testament we needed a high priest to intercede and offer sacrifices for us so our relationship with God could stay intact. A very different picture unfolds as we read the gospels and venture into the New Testament.
Christ fulfils the requirements under law and takes the place of the ultimate sacrifice, he becomes the mediator between us and God and completes the picture through death on the cross and resurrection. Paul in the book of Timothy states plainly
“For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus.” – 1 Tim 2:5
So Christ takes all our burdens, sin and death and releases us from eternal condemnation by becoming the atonement (a living, breathing, eternal sacrifice).
1 Peter 2:9 takes this further and explains that we are now;
“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”
Are there people in your life who are trying to ‘Lord it over’ you?
I want to remind you today that all authority was given to Jesus (Mat 28:18) and we can only seek our heavenly father via one path, and that’s not through any worldly man – it is only through Jesus Christ. (John 14:6)
Keep in mind.. we must continually pray for our leaders, love and support them as brethren.