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The Bible calls Jesus our mediator:

Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. (Romans 8:34, ESV)

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, (1 Timothy 2:5, ESV)

Consequently, he [Jesus] is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25, ESV)

Trinitarians believe that Jesus intercedes with the Father on our behalf. He can do this because he is a distinct person, and he is the only competent mediator because only God can truly mediate with himself.

Modalism teaches that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are "different modes or aspects of the One God, as perceived by the believer, rather than three coeternal persons within the Godhead." (Wikipedia)

If God is not multiple people, how can Jesus intercede with the father? How do modalists understand the role of Jesus as mediator?

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There's no difference. Why can't one person mediate between himself and a third party by playing one of his other roles? Why does it require that he be two persons? It doesn't. –  david brainerd Jul 9 at 4:42
Because you only need a mediator when you can't peaceably interact with them yourself. –  curiousdannii Jul 9 at 10:06
@curiousdannii Great question!; and Because you only need a mediator when you can't peaceably interact with them yourself: incisive! –  FMShyanguya Jul 18 at 19:02

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An outsider's perspective looking in:

Starting with a definition:

Modalism | by Matt Slick

Modalism is probably the most common theological error concerning the nature of God. It is a denial of the Trinity. Modalism states that God is a single person who, throughout biblical history, has revealed Himself in three modes or forms. Thus, God is a single person who first manifested himself in the mode of the Father in Old Testament times. At the incarnation, the mode was the Son; and after Jesus' ascension, the mode is the Holy Spirit. These modes are consecutive and never simultaneous. In other words, this view states that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit never all exist at the same time--only one after another. Modalism denies the distinctiveness of the three persons in the Trinity even though it retains the divinity of Christ.

Present-day groups that hold to forms of this error are the United Pentecostal and United Apostolic Churches. They deny the Trinity, teach that the name of God is Jesus, and require baptism for salvation. These modalist churches often accuse Trinitarians of teaching three gods. This is not what the Trinity is. The correct teaching of the Trinity is one God in three eternal coexistent persons: The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Search on UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH INTERNATIONAL website yields 'Total: 0 results found' for mediator and intercede.

No where to go from here.

United Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ (UAC of JC) Doctrine Page has no intercede or mediate either.


Jesus Christ is God: We believe that Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh.

The Holy Ghost: We believe that the Holy Ghost is the Spirit of God that dwells within us (I Corinthians 6:19) to lead and guide us into all truth (St. John 16:13) and righteousness.

From the words of Jesus himself, he and the Holy Spirit are our advocates before the Father. Hence why the investigation centered on these two Person of the Blessed Trinity. the pertinent information the Holy Spirit I was hoping to find was:

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words. 27 And he who searches the hearts of men knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because[a] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. cf. Romans 8:26-27 (RSVCE)


A cursory review on these couple modalist appears to suggest the absence of the Doctrine of Mediation and/or Intercession; and it must because they are ... modalists.

Note: Web search yielded no Catholic apologetic tracts on Modalism.

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I don't know if this really counts as an answer. If modalists don't think Jesus is a mediator I'd prefer that answer came from a modalist themselves. –  curiousdannii Jul 19 at 4:36
@curiousdannii disagree on 'doesn't count,' buy agree on Modalists (do they identify with that label?) answering ... Any Modalists out there? –  FMShyanguya Jul 19 at 4:42

Jesus became our high priest. God made the Melchizedek priesthood eternal and Jesus shed his holy blood, not blood intermingled with Mary, human, but the blood Jesus became flesh with, His holy blood was shed to pay for all sin in the flesh. He became our perfect priest according to the book of Hebrews. Hebrews really says it all very plainly.

So yes, as our high priest Jesus mediates for us. But you wonder to whom does He mediate? God the Father. God mediating with Himself is what some are thinking. The salvation through Jesus is believing the the works of Christ are sufficient as He claims they are. And it is only through belief in these works which include the death of Him as prophesied, that we receive Faith from God. We don't acquire Faith through by our minds our intelligence. We are given Faith by God because we choose to hear Him and choose to believe Him and believe in His works for us. Our Faith is a spiritual gift from God.

But what God is telling us is that if He can come down here and walk among us, teaching and exhibiting all the gifts of the spirit, teaching us with the Word, and if we understand through Jesus who we are to Him, what He expects through obedience, understanding of His love for us, and so much more we then can become who we are as He created, a people not fallen and freed from captivity in our minds and this corrupted world.

Jesus Christ as our designated priest now has the Name that is higher than any other. God intends for us to follow His example given to us by Jesus on earth. That is simple. Follow Jesus. Pray to Jesus. Believe in His works on our behalf. And salvation for all eternity is promised to those who believe in Jesus.

Jesus is the Word made flesh. Jesus wrote the entire Bible. It is His Words. Every page includes Jesus. So the confusion comes to matters when we are not clear on whom we are speaking about. Through Jesus speaking all things were created. Jesus is our Creator.

So how can Jesus be the "son" of the Father yet be Almighty God? Simple really. Jesus is the begotten "son" of God, not God's offspring, not His progeny, not His child. Their is no father/son relationship as we think of this in our world. John wrote The Word became flesh. The Word spoke and created a manifestation of Himself as a man. Jesus called Himself the Son of Man almost exclusively. Others asked Jesus is He was the Son of God.

So I ask "Who do you say Jesus is?" This is the crux of this matter. To rethink and reread the scriptures after removing the idea of a father to son relationship, and realizing that Jesus is our Creator, most of the Bible opens up to the mind as it has been spoken to us to understand by Jesus.

In Hebrew, "son" and "begotten" hold keys to understanding. Also knowing that "el" is a singular god in Hebrew and Elohim is the plural meaning gods. Genesis 1:1 reads in Hebrew that in the beginning Elohim created the heavens and the earth. Right from the beginning we see the plurality of God and also the Hebrew word for "created" is unique. What also is vastly different from the standard English translation is the Genesis 1:3 is thought to be the creation story. The word "Let" in Hebrew means "restore". English translations been the same since 1611. So I for one want accuracy.

I wish I knew Hebrew. The scholars now says that Hebrew is a language God gave us and has 22 characters which have coded the written Word. Just like computers have two characters of 1's and 0's. There is so much through using computers to identify super advanced encryption and language patterns that they say it has opened up many challenges and research to discover God's fingerprint on the scriptures that make it virtually indisputable.

Science proving God's Word as the Truth. How great is that?

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Most of this isn't very relevant to the question. And it's not even clear if it's presenting a modalist perspective. If it is then it isn't clearly answering the question. Can you please edit this to make it more concise, remove off-topic discussions, and make your perspective much more explicit? Thanks! –  curiousdannii Jul 26 at 1:44
User 14312 in a round about way did in fact give a great answer, by doing it in reverse. What I mean is he gave answer to the issues modalism brings. Implicit in his answer are what the modalist or Sabellianist believes regarding Christ as a mediator. One does not need to hear this doctrine from the horses mouth so to speak to truely understand it. –  Jeff D. 22 hours ago

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