From God to man our Mediator!
(Jesus: the Son of God and the Son of Man)
1 Timothy 2:3-6 (KJV)
3 For this [is] good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
5 For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
There is One God, and One Mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus. He made the only way possible for us to be reconciled to God.
The man Christ Jesus is our mediator to bring us to God and also God to us.
It is not that God needed a mere man to help him. God doesn’t need our help as though we have something good in us to help God out. We are all born under the law in sin and cannot save ourselves. So God had to become a man to live a perfect life under the law as the man Christ Jesus. In this way Jesus became the perfect man without sin in order to make atonement for our sins. We understand that God is Holy and we are sinful. The gap that sin caused…so separated us from God…that we couldn’t even approach God. Notice in John 14:6 that Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the Life….that no one can come to the Father but by Him. Jesus had told the disciples to believe in Him because He was going to bring them to God.
John 14:1-3 (KJV)
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.
Those 3 verses of scripture is most powerful when we truly understand what Jesus is actually saying.
Notice in verse 1, He is saying to those Jews whom he has called to be His disciples, knowing that they believe in God, to not be worried about their sins keeping them away from God. He wanted them to know that He came from God being the Messiah to save them from their sins. He told them that it was very important that they believe in Him because God was His Father and that He had many mansions for them to dwell in. He even said that if it were not so then I wouldn’t have told them. Then He said I go to prepare a place for you. They understood later what He actually meant. When Jesus said that He goes to prepare a place for us, He is talking about making an atoning sacrifice that brings about our reconciliation to God. It meant Jesus going to the cross and being crucified for our sins, dying in our place, and being raised from the dead. He also ascended up to Heaven to the right hand of God and then poured out the Holy Spirit for our regeneration so we can be reconciled to God.
Now verse 3 is so wonderful. He says…And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.
Acts 16:31-31 (KJV) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Acts 4:12 (KJV)
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
Romans 10:9,10 (KJV)
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
1 John 5:10-13 (KJV)
10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Blessings and Love to Everyone!
Pastor Roger Banks