From the Pastor’s Pen

Final Thoughts on I Timothy 2:5-6

For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,           NKJV

In this great passage of scripture, God gives us three lessons on the redemptive work of the Lord Jesus Christ.

First, Jesus is the one mediator between God and man. The word “mediator” literally means a “go-between.” In Job 9:2, Job, understanding that all men are sinners, guilty of breaking God’s divine laws (Rom. 3:23), asks the question, “How can a man be righteous before God?” In vs. 30-31, he explains that no matter how hard he might try to clean himself up and make himself look good in God’s sight, God would still cast him into Hell as a sinner. In vs. 32-33, Job then goes on and explains his need for a mediator who can stand between God and himself in the divine court of judgment. The mediator to whom he is referring of course is the Lord Jesus Christ. And Jesus is not just a mediator; or even the best mediator; He is the only mediator between God and man, and the only way a person can be saved is to come to God through faith in Him (Jn. 14:6, Acts 4:12).

Second, Jesus gave Himself on the cross as a ransom for us. The word “ransom” literally means “a losing payment.” The most common New Testament term for this ransom we have in Jesus is “redeemed,” which refers to the price paid to free a slave from bondage. Jesus’ blood was the price He paid to free us from the bondage of sin and death (Eph. 1:7). As Christians, we have been justified (pronounced righteous) by the grace (undeserved favor) of God through the redemption that is in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:24).

Third, there is a day coming in which all Christians will be reunited with Jesus at His return (I Thess. 4:16-17). On that day, we as Christians will be given glorified, immortal, incorruptible bodies (I Cor. 15:51-54).

Are you prepared for the day of Jesus’ return? Have you truly repented of your sins and trusted Him as your personal Savior?

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