Great Gospel Texts – 1 Timothy 2:5

The One Mediator Between God and Man

This golden gospel text was likely first written in Greek using an alphabet closely resembling our own. The Greeks were not the first, but were one of many people who taught and believed in polytheism (a multiplicity of gods). They believed in the gods of war, peace, love, fertility, etc. Therefore, it is no surprise to us that it was to Greeks – the Athenians on Mars Hill – that the Apostle Paul presented his eloquent address regarding the Unknown God. Tragically, after almost 2000 years of Christian testimony, God is still the unknown God to many people. It is of vital importance that we understand that there is only one God who is over all and to whom we all shall give account.

God is not a God of terror and vindictiveness as many of the Greek gods were thought to be. The people of that day continually strove to appease the anger and quench the wrath of their seemingly implacable gods. The living God is holy and righteous, but He is also merciful, loving, and gracious – not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

That one true God appointed His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to be the only One who can righteously act as a Mediator between God and us. We require this because we were born with a sinful nature, necessitating reconciliation to God.

The offer of a mediator does not suggest that God is about to negotiate His position. Nor is He willing to make a compromise with our sinful position which is contrary to His intrinsically holy Person. What God has provided for us in Christ is a unique Person who can perfectly satisfy both parties – God and man. God is satisfied in Christ because the Lord Jesus is sinless. He has the perfect qualifications to represent us to God. We, as mankind, can be equally satisfied in Christ because He is, and always was, God. He can perfectly represent God to us. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only One who has the ability to remove our sentence – His blood cleanses from all sin.

Knowing that a holy God required payment for sins and that we could not redeem ourselves, the Lord Jesus gave Himself a sacrifice for sin, suffering the Just for the unjust, to bring us to God. Only this could bring us into peace with the one true God.

Reconciliation and peace with God are available to you today through the mighty ransom paid by the Savior at Calvary. Today, if you will trust Him, you will have, for the first time in your life, peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.