How is Jesus the Mediator between God and Man? (1 Timothy 2:5)
The Bible describes Jesus Christ as being the only Mediator between God and man.
1 Timothy 2:5 says: For there is one God, and there is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus
A mediator is a person who attempts to make people involved in a conflict come to an agreement; a go-between.
So a mediator helps to settle a dispute or create agreement when there is conflict between two conflicting parties.
So why is Jesus Christ described as the only Mediator and why was it necessary for mankind to need only one mediator?
1. Man Is In Rebellion Against God
The Bible tells us that God has a dispute with us because of sin. As humans we inherited our sin from Adam when he first sinned in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-24).
Romans 5:12 says: Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned
Romans 3:10 says that “There is no one righteous, not even one”.
Romans 3:23 says that we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
Therefore before a just and holy God, mankind has failed to meet God’s perfect standard of righteousness because of the sin in us and because of our propensity to sin.
Therefore sin causes enmity between God and man. All sin is a sign that man is in rebellion against God because God views the practice of sinning as an act of lawlessness (1 John 3:4).
The power and effect of sin is that sin is also capable of separating man from God.
Isaiah 59:2 says: But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you so that He does not hear.
From the time Adam and Eve disobeyed God, their sin also brought both physical and spiritual death to mankind. Romans 6:23 tells us that the wages or penalty for sin is death.
Therefore God is justified in punishing anyone who has sinned because we have failed to meet His perfect standard of righteousness.
2. Our Personal Works of Righteousness Cannot Settle Our Dispute with God
Because we are sinners, nothing we can do on our own would be sufficient to mediate between ourselves and God. No amount of good works or law-keeping makes us righteous enough to stand innocent before a holy God (Isaiah 64:6).
We cannot be saved by attempting to keep the ten commandments and neither can the entire law save us (Galatians 2:16).
Therefore our own personal efforts to please God are fruitless. Our own effort to enter heaven through our personal works will always fail because of our propensity to sin against God (Galatians 2:21).
So mankind needs a perfect and sinless mediator to help us settle our dispute with God because without a mediator whom God can approve of – then all of mankind would be destined to spend eternity in hell.
3. Jesus Christ is the Perfect Mediator Between God and Man
Even though we have a dispute with God because of our sin, God still loves us and He has a desire to save us from eternal punishment (2 Peter 3:9). So God hates our sins, but He still loves His creation; He loves mankind.
Therefore even though we have a dispute with God, the Lord is still gracious and forgiving, and He desires to reconcile with us.
God’s remedy to settle our dispute with Him is found through His Son Jesus Christ who qualifies as our perfect and only Mediator.
Jesus Christ qualifies to be our Mediator because He is fully God and fully man. He is the only Person to live and keep the entire law without ever sinning (Matthew 5:17; Hebrews 4:15).
Furthermore, His mission on earth was to become our Substitute and take our punishment which we deserve by dying on the cross to pay for our sins.
Therefore Christ fully paid the debt for sin which we cannot pay God with our own personal effort or works (Ephesians 2:8-9).
Salvation and redemption is offered by grace through Jesus Christ as a free gift because of the love and mercy of God.
John 3:16-17 says: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”
Romans 5:8 says: But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
2 Corinthians 5:21 says: For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
4. Reconciliation with God is only Possible Through Jesus Christ the Mediator
Jesus Christ is uniquely the only Person who can connect us to God. Jesus Christ is the only Person through whom salvation is possible. Jesus Christ is the only Person through whom reconciliation with God is possible. Jesus Christ is only Person through whom our sins are forgiven.
So Christ’s finished work on the Cross by paying for our sins, makes it possible for Him to be our only Mediator because He became God’s perfect sacrifice to pay the debt for sin. On the cross Jesus exchanged our sin for His righteousness.
So our response should be to believe and receive Jesus Christ as our Lord, Saviour and Mediator (John 1:12).
John 14:6 – Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Romans 5:10-11 says: For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Hebrews 9:15 says: Therefore He is the Mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, since a death has occurred that redeems them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant.
There is no other person, whether living or dead who can become our mediator except Jesus Christ. There is no other person whether living or dead in whom we can put our total trust except Jesus Christ. There is no other person whether living or dead who can give us complete access to God except Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ did what no other person could do. He lived a sinless life and paid for the sins of the whole world through His death on the Cross. He then resurrected from the dead to prove that He was indeed God in the flesh and that all He did and taught was true.
Therefore salvation and reconciliation with God is not possible without a relationship with Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).
Jesus says that without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5).
Therefore Jesus Christ is ultimately central to our life which qualifies Him alone as being our one and only Mediator.
DO YOU WANT TO BE A CHRISTIAN or A FOLLOWER OF JESUS CHRIST?
Romans 3:23 says “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
This means that we have all broken God’s laws and God’s 10 Commandments like those mentioned in Exodus 20:1-17.
For example, if you’ve told a lie; if you have stolen something; if you have lusted after somebody or if you have coveted. This means you are guilty of breaking at least one or more of God’s 10 Commandments. Breaking God’s commandments makes us sinners. The fact that we are sinners who have broken God’s law or commandments means that we are accountable to God who is the Lawgiver.
Romans 6:23 says that “the wages of sin is death BUT the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”
So you must acknowledge that you are a sinner who has broken God’s commandments and that you therefore need Jesus in your life.
Luke 13:3 says: “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish”
Acts 3:19 says: “Repent therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out”
Repenting means: to change your mind; a sincere turning away, in heart, mind and action;
Therefore God wants you to change your mind about sinful values and of sinful living. God wants you to decide to follow Him and to make Jesus the Lord of your life.
Romans 10:9 says: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”
1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins. He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”
God is a forgiving God. God will forgive any sin that you have done because Jesus died for ALL your sins and to set you free from the bondage of all types of sin in your life.
John 3:16 says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life”
You must believe that ONLY Jesus can save you and restore your relationship with God. You must believe that Jesus is the ONLY way by which you can have everlasting life and escape from eternal separation from God. You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for you and resurrected from the grave.
John 1:12 says: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name”
By faith you must receive Jesus as your Lord & Savior and therefore; you become a child of God; you become born again; you become a Christian; you restore your broken relationship with God
Why Not Make Your Eternal Decision NOW?
We become born again Christians by GRACE through FAITH or TOTAL TRUST in Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior (Galatians 3:26) & (Ephesians 2:8,9). Salvation is a FREE gift received through FAITH in Christ.
PLEASE NOTE: You can choose to pray in your own words. This prayer is a sample prayer and it is only an EXPRESSION of your faith, belief & trust in Jesus. Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH or BELIEVING in Christ Jesus as your Lord & Saviour.
“Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love. I thank You that You died on the cross for me and resurrected so that I may have eternal life through You.
I confess Lord that I have sinned against You and broken your laws and commandments. Today I ask You to forgive me of all of my sins, past present and future.
Today I repent and I’ve decided to follow You. Thank You for forgiving all my sins.
From this moment, come into my life Lord Jesus & take full control of my life. I want to follow You Jesus and I want to follow Your ways. Save me and from today, make me a new creation in Christ.
I receive You Lord Jesus right now by faith. I trust You as my Lord and Savior – Amen”
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