First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is proclaimed throughout the whole world.

Romans 1:8 ASV

“Through Jesus Christ” honors the mediatorial office of Jesus Christ; and as Hodge suggested:

There is no need of the various forced interpretations of the words in the text, which have been given by those who are unwilling to admit the idea of such mediation on the part of Christ.

Upon the great doctrine of the mediatorial office of the Lord Jesus Christ, the New Testament leaves no grounds for misunderstanding.


John Wesley’s statement that “The gifts of God all pass through Christ to us, and all our petitions and thanksgivings pass through Christ to God,” constitutes a concise summary of New Testament teaching on Christ’s mediation. The Lord said:

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

If ye shall ask anything in my name, that will I do (John 14:13,14). If ye shall ask anything of the Father, he will give it you in my name (John 16:23).

Other New Testament instructions to the same effect are as follows:

Give thanks always for all things in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father (Ephesians 5:20).

And whatsover ye do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him (Colossians 3:17). Through him then let us offer up a sacrifice of praise to God continually (Hebrews 13:15).

Paul himself always carefully followed this rule (Romans 7:25); and the fact appears that language could hardly be more comprehensive and emphatic in the description of exactly what communications were commanded to be addressed to the Father “through” Christ.

“Anything … whatsoever … all things … whatsoever ye do in word or deed” – thus the most comprehensive terminology is marshaled against any exceptions whatsoever.

And, are there mediators other than Jesus Christ? No. Paul said,

There is one God, one mediator also between God and man, himself man, Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all; the testimony to be borne in its own times (1 Timothy 2:5).

Thus, there are exactly as many mediators as there are Gods, namely, only one.

All superstitions to the effect that prayers may be offered to God through various so-called saints, or even through the blessed Mother of Jesus, are flatly contradicted by New Testament teaching.

Likewise, prayers which are offered ambiguously, “In thy name,” or “In his name,” etc., or in no name at all except that of the petitioner, are sinful in the light of these solemn teachings of the word of God.

Even the use of such a formula as “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,” is not in keeping with the commandments of the apostles, nor did any of them ever use such words in a prayer.

True, people were commanded to baptize into that sacred triple name; but no man can show any other example of those holy names thus being subjoined to any other command or petition in the entire Bible.

In the verse before us, Paul was scrupulous to express his thanks to God “through Jesus Christ”; and there can hardly be any doubt that his doing so was in keeping with the revealed will of God.

Such then is the clear teaching of the Bible, that in all our approaches to God in prayer and praise, we must come in the name of Christ, that is, in him, referring to him as the ground of our acceptance.

I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then I of myself with the mind, indeed, serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Romans 7:25 ASV

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