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18 November 2017
1 Timothy 2:3-6
“There is ONE God and ONE Mediator between God and men – The Man Christ Jesus.”
Paul knew and understood what Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No-one comes to the Father except through ME” (John 14:6).
There is no other way. Oh, you can know God. You will know Him as Judge, but you will never know Him as “Father”. To know Him as “Father” requires being born as His child – it’s called New Birth. As Jesus said to Nicodemus, “You must be born again” (John 3:7). The only way we can be “born again” is through the acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Saviour. (See also John 1:10-13.)
There is a vast chasm between God and us because of sin, and no matter how hard we try, we will never be able to bridge it. We can try being good, giving money to charity, and spending time helping others, and although all these things are good, they will never help us reach the other side. Only Christ’s Cross does that. He is “the [only] Way” – He is the “One [and only] Mediator”. Yes, no friend, brother, pastor or priest can do it – Only “The Man Christ Jesus” – because He is the only One who died for you by taking your sin in His own body on the Cross. It’s a ‘Ring of Truth’! (See also 1 Peter 2:24.)
What is more, Jesus gave His life “a ransom for all”, for everyone without exception. Does that mean that everyone will then automatically get into Heaven? No. Why not? Because each one of us has to make and take Jesus as our own “Mediator”. I have to personalise what Christ has done – then I will get into Heaven to be with Father.
But doesn’t God want everyone saved? Yes, of course, He does. What did Paul say? “God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the Truth”. This is the very heartbeat of God. And Jesus provided the way through giving Himself “as a ransom”.
But our pride and independence get in the way. We feel we can do it on our own and so spurn the offer of God. But there is no other way. There is only One God. The Biblical God. There is only One Way to the Biblical God and the Biblical Heaven, and that way, the Bible says, is through His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ. God has made the way – it is easy – it is open to all – but it must be accepted.
We can believe a bus or train will take us to town but we have to get on it before it will do so for us. Oh yes, it will go to town anyway – but we won’t – unless we get on it. It is the same with God’s plan of salvation.
Notice God is not willing that any should perish. (See also 2 Peter 3:9.) Then surely it is up to us who know “the Way and the Truth and the Life” to share the message with those who don’t, so that they too will “come to a knowledge of the Truth”.
Go on – tell someone today.
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