“There is one God, and one mediator, between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus“(1 Timothy 2:5).
A mediator takes the hand of one party and places it into the hand of another party. A mediator is someone who has one primary aim, and that is to bring peace to a broken relationship.
Most of us are aware of the ongoing conflict in the Middle East, between Israel and Palestine. We also know that over the years the United States have delegated several peace mediators to sit down with both parties to try to work out a compromise; but to date no one has been able to take the hand of one party and place it into the hand of the other.
Jesus Christ is your representative to God, and He is God’s representative to you. He does not have any hidden agenda—He has your best interest at heart, and He is a genuine mediator. As your mediator He presents your need of mercy to God, and as God’s mediator He extends God’s grace to you. “For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
Jesus Christ is the only mediator that you will ever need, for He is the One whose sacrifice on the cross at Calvary for sin completely satisfied the demands of God’s justice and holiness. The only one that you should allow to come between you and God is His Son, Jesus Christ. “Neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39).
Amen, and AMEN. HE is SO GOOD
Thanks Nuvofelt. To God be the glory. God is truly good. He promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us.
Keep the fire burning. God bless.
This is one of my favorite blogs. I enjoy reading your blogs. May you continue to study God’s word and keep on posting!
Thank a million MainWriters, for those encouraging words. To God be the glory. I take great pride in returning those sentiments to you.
Thanks a lot for stopping by. God bless.
Great Post, Noel. I’m thankful for our mediator! Praising God!
God Bless You!
Absolutely Lady D! When Jesus mediate on our behalf, He makes sure we get what we deserve–salvation.
Thanks as always, for stopping by. God bless.
Romans 8:39 is very reassuring. No matter what, is right.
Have a happy and loving day tomorrow, however you wish to perceive it.
Peace and luvz! UT 🙂
Thanks a lot for stopping by, Uncle Tree. Your presence and kind words are always appreciated.
Great Post…I am so grateful for Jesus…He didn’t have to do it…but He did for me.
Thank you very Surviving the Storm. Your kinds words are very well appreciated.
Thanks for stopping by. God bless.
NB: I have referred to as Minister Paulette many time—forgive me
Wonderful message! I thank God for Jesus Christ, our mediator! Beautiful definition of the job of a mediator! Have a blessed day!
Thank you very much (the real Minister Paulette), for your kind words. Thanks a love for stopping by and leaving a comment from the heart. God bless you.
NB: I have been making a fool of myself by referring to another person as Minister Paulette. Please forgive me.
Hi Noel, I really enjoyed my time here. Thanks for sharing this to us – a constant reminder that Jesus is all we need and when we have Him, we’ve got all we need 🙂 I just want to say ”thank you very much” for your prayers for me and my family, we are safe in God’s hand though we are saddened by the losses of lives in our sister city, we pray for restoration, specifically that people will realize Jesus is all they need. 🙂
You are very welcome Joyce. I am sorry to hear about the loss of lives. Please convey my condolences to the bereaved families. I join you in prayer for a speedy recovery.
Thanks for stopping by and I pray that God will continue to bless and inspire you.
Amen! Beautiful post! What amazing God we serve! God Bless 🙂
He is truly amazing P.J. I am happy to see that you are back posting on a regular basis again. I am praying that your condition will stabilize enough that there is no need for you to visit the hospital as often as you do.
Thanks a lot for stopping by. Take care of yourself. God bless.
Thanks for the great article. It often seems to me that discouraged Christian’s I have met along the way have tried to make the love Jesus and the Father have for us to complicated.
2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Thank you very much Leon, for stopping by and leaving a comment. You are absolutely right, many followers of Jesus Christ have complicate the gospel. Jesus was a captivating speaker–He used simple language and parables to get His point across.
I would like to offer you a Muslim response to your article.
Islam places great stress on God as a God of mercy and forgiveness whom the individual can approach directly without the need of any mediator or priest. God says in the Quran:
‘O My servants, who have transgressed against their souls. Do not despair of the mercy of God, for He forgives all sins, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.’ (39:53).
From this understanding, which was shared by Jesus, flow certain critical observations regarding the later Christian view of the necessity of Jesus’ alleged vicarious atonement.
The Christian idea that guilt can be removed from a wrongdoer by someone else being punished instead is morally grotesque. Or if we say that God in the person of God the Son punished himself in order to be able to justly forgive sinners, we still have the absurdity of a moral law which God must satisfy by punishing the innocent in place of the guilty. As the medieval theologian St Anselm wrote in his work Why God Became Man (Cur Deus Homo), ‘it is a strange thing if God so delights in, or requires, the blood of the innocent, that he neither chooses, nor is able, to spare the guilty without the sacrifice of the innocent’.
I believe the basic fault of the Christian understanding of salvation is that it has no room for divine forgiveness. For a forgiveness that has to be bought by the bearing of a just punishment, or the offering of a sacrifice, is not forgiveness, but merely an acknowledgement that a debt has been paid in full. The Cross is not a symbol of forgiveness at all: on the orthodox Christian view, it denotes the repayment of a debt, as the infinity of Original Sin is atoned for by the infinite sacrifice of God’s own temporary death. But what humanity really needs, as we look back over our long record of disobedience, is a model of true forgiveness by a God who does not calculate, who imposes no mean-spirited ‘economy of salvation’ worthy only of accountants and bookkeepers. As the Bible teaches: The letter killeth – the spirit giveth life.
But in the authentic teaching of Jesus to be found in the synoptic gospels (that is the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke) there is, in contrast, genuine divine forgiveness for those who truly repent. In the Lord’s Prayer we are taught to address God directly and to ask for forgiveness for our sins, expecting to receive this, the only condition being that we in turn forgive one another. There is no suggestion of the need for a mediator between ourselves and God or for an atoning death to enable God to forgive.
Thanks for your insight! I appreciate you stopping by and leaving your comment. In the Christian world Jesus is also God, so your theory does make sense.
God bless you my friend
so if he is God he is not really a mediator is he? Which kind of undermines your whole point does it not?
Besides which your quote from 1 Tim,
There is one God, and one mediator, between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus
describes him as a man not God. So I am thoroughly confused!
I am glad you pointed out that I quoted from 1 Timothy. I am sorry if I confused you. That certainly was not my intention. The intent of the post is to shed light on the fallibility of man–he cannot be trusted always, because he does not bargain in good faith. But Jesus who is infallible does bargain in good faith. The scripture, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6), backs me up.
In the Lord’s Prayer we are taught to address God directly and to ask for forgiveness for our sins, expecting to receive this, the only condition being that we in turn forgive one another. There is no suggestion of the need for a mediator between ourselves and God or for an atoning death to enable God to forgive.