“For there is one God,
and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus;”
People of the world look to many gods, which are not gods. Scripture teaches there is only one.
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD…Deuteronomy 6:4;
For though there be that are called gods,
whether in heaven or in earth,
(as there be gods many, and lords many,)
But to us there is but one God, the Father,
of whom are all things,
and one Lord Jesus Christ,
by whom are all things, and we by him.”
In Paul’s letter to Timothy we are told there is only one way to reach God.
“and one mediator between God and man,
the man Christ Jesus.”
A mediator works to bring two opposing parties into agreement. When sin entered the world, God and mankind became separated. The Law/Ten Commandments revealed nothing people could do would be enough to bridge the gap. It served to make more apparent the futility of a person’s efforts. Someone was needed who could represent both sides – God’s and mankind’s.
Jesus Christ is that man for He alone is the perfect representation of God.
“Who being the brightness of his glory,
and the express image of his person,
and upholding all things by the word of his power,
when he had by himself purged our sins,
sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high …” Hebrews 1:3;
Jesus saith unto him,
Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father;
and how sayest thou then,
Shew us the Father?”
Jesus Christ is the brightness of the Father’s glory – He has the character of God expressing the holiness and the love of the Father. He is the express image of the Father – He does only what God does. He has the power of God – which makes him able to do all the Father does. He is God, yet, He is man. For by man sin entered the world and by man sin had to be purged from the world.
“The man Christ Jesus”,
“Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” 1 Timothy 2:6.
Who by himself – “purged our sins.”
- “And all things are of God,
- who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,
- and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
- To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,
- not imputing their trespasses unto them;
- and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
- Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us:
- we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
- For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;
- that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-21.
Jesus Christ, God in the flesh, took on our sin. He carried it to the cross fulfilling the law’s requirement of death. That we might put on his righteousness and know life. He is the one mediator between God and man. He is the only one who can bring us to God.
“Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he left him with instructions in being a minister of the reconciliation, an ambassador of Christ. Among several other words Paul wrote this one simple sentence to Timothy.
“These things command and teach.”
1 Timothy 4:11.
We have been given instruction, as well. For we are ambassadors of the gospel of reconciliation – the bringing together of God and man in Christ Jesus. And as Paul closed his first letter to Timothy, may we remember too,
“O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust…”
1 Timothy 6:20.
We have been given this trust of the gospel. Let us be faithful in the discharge of it that others may be reconciled to God through the one mediator, who is the God-man, Jesus Christ.