Q. I’m confused. 1 Tim. 2:5 says that there is only one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus, but Romans 8:26 says that the Holy Spirit intercedes for man. Is there a contradiction here?
1 Tim. 2:5
5* For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
26* ¶ In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words;
27* and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
28* And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
There is a huge difference in the context of each statement. There is a difference between a mediator and an intercessor.
The passage is Romans does not assert that the Holy Spirit actually intercedes for Christians, it says that He “intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” He aids the Christian. Not by praying for the Christian, but by aiding the Christina, by pleading in us by the indwelling Spirit, of a nature above our comprehension and capacity.
Q. You state that everything contained in the Bible is inspired by God, yet Paul said that some things he wrote were his own opinions. Do you see a contradiction here?
2 Tim. 3:16
16* All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
17* so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
1 Cor. 7:6, 12
6* But this I say by way of concession, not of command.
12* But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not divorce her.
Paul is NOT saying that what he wrote was his opinion, he is simply saying that the Lord did not specifically teach on this subject.
2 Cor. 11:17
17* What I am saying, I am not saying as the Lord would, but as in foolishness, in this confidence of boasting.
The same thing applies here, this is not a claim that he is not inspired, he is just simply saying that the Lord did not specifically teach on this subject. We cannot come to a conclusion which is contridictory to other clear passages of Scripture (i.e. 2 Tim. 3:16-17).