In Bonhoeffer’s Discipleship, he talks about the relationship between two people and how Christ is the mediator between us and God but ALSO, he is the mediator between two humans AND his presence is manifested in the shared life of believers together. His emphasis is the first thought. Mine are the later two additions.
Yet Bonhoeffer’s most stabbing point is that Christ is the mediator and only faithless persons attempt to relate to their environment, to others, to God—unmediated. How dare we try to pursue a human friendship without Christ there to mediate the friendship? How dare we even attempt to relate immediately without the consent and input of Christ—the Holy Spirit—God who is with us—he who is so close to us.
Don’t forget to bring your mediator with you today.