On the other hand, the supreme end of the church's ministry is "not only the glory of the Creator, but also the glory of Christ, the Mediator, and the King and head of the church." Its subordinate end is "the peace and safety of the church, the preservation and propagation of the mediatorial
kingdom of Christ." (58) Again, other Reformed writers conveyed similar ideas.
A key issue in this regard is the so-called extra Calvinisticum, i.e., Christ's mediatorial
work beyond his appearance in the flesh.
The fashioning and worship of the Golden Calf dominate his exposition of these chapters and of Moses' mediatorial
and specifically intercessory role in them.
But in so far as the said love is mutual, it is objectivized and therefore personal, distinct from the Father and the Son, its originators, and existing between them as their bond and thus allowing to the Holy Spirit an active, mediatorial
role reflected in the economy but not envisaged in the earlier model.
(48) Calvin's aversion to the mediatorial
role of the mother of God was easily translated into a popular idiom and could be simply stated: devotion to Mary is blasphemous and must be abolished.
They too give a mediatorial
role not only to Christ but also the martyrs in their calendar, and they also invoke angels.
By such an insistence neither Mary herself, nor her participation in Christ's mediatorial
role is diminished.