The Mediators Timing

As soon as man fell, Christ entered on his mediatorial work. Then it was that he began to execute the work and office of a mediator. He had undertaken it before the world was made. He stood engaged with the Father to appear as man’s mediator, and to take on that office when there should be occasion, from all eternity. But now the time was come. Christ the eternal Son of God clothed himself with the mediatorial character, and therein presented himself before the Father. He immediately stepped in between a holy, infinite, offended Majesty, and offending mankind. He was accepted in his interposition; and so wrath was prevented from going forth in the full execution of that amazing curse that man had brought on himself.
It is manifest that Christ began to exercise the office of mediator between God and man as soon as ever man fell, because mercy began to be exercised towards man immediately.  

Jonathan Edwards, from A History of the Work of Redemption; The Works of Jonathan Edwards, Banner of Truth edition, two volume set

3 thoughts on “The Mediators Timing

  1. “It is manifest that Christ began to exercise the office of mediator between God and man as soon as ever man fell, because mercy began to be exercised towards man immediately.”

    That is awesome. I have never thought about it that way. Justice would have been immediate destruction for Adam had mercy not been excercised immediately; pointing to Christ’s work thousands of years before He came.

    Nice.

  2. Yeah, this was good for me too. I had understood that Adam & Eve received mercy and grace, but had not ever connected it to the role Christ was already in as mediator until I read this.

  3. If “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world” (Eph 1:4), this thought follows logically. But it is still amazing, humbling, stupifying, to think that the Godhead would engage in such activities for the likes of us! [ah, Jonathan Edwards, another of my favorites…of course, if they are all favorites, doesn’t that sort of defeat the definition of favorite??? 🙂 ]

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