Saturday, December 23, 2017

Timothy, There is Only One God, One Mediator and Your Salvation is Here (1 Timothy 2:5-7)

For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men – the testimony given in its proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle – I am telling the truth, I am not lying – and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles
(1 Timothy 2:5-7, NIV)

One God” is our most important Christian theology of God. Not three but one. Not the same as the god of Islam, Allah. Far from it! I heard some people, even Christians, thought that all – Moslems, Jews, Christians, etc. – worship the same god. They said, “It doesn’t make any difference how you worship just as long as you are sincere.” Eh, sincerely wrong doesn’t make you right. The only God is the God who revealed Himself through the Scriptures. He is not obscure and unknowable, but He is reaching out for men and can be known by “one mediator… the man Jesus Christ.”

One true God can only be found through only one way: the mediator, “the man Christ Jesus.” It’s not, You try to get to heaven in your way and I’ll go mine, but we’re all working for the same place. No. Jesus Himself said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Fathers except through me” (John 14:6). Jesus is the mediator, the only one, mean He is a ‘go between, one who stands in the middle.’ This is exactly what Jesus has done on the cross. He is in between a holy God and sinful men, uniting us through the sacrifice of Himself for our sin (if you like to appreciate Jesus as Mediator, read Hebrews 1-3). Jesus “gave himself as a ransom for all men.” This is amazing! “Gave” means He does it voluntarily, not a victim yo (read John 10:18). “Ransom” means He brought us with a price, His own blood. And “for all men” means for all, everybody! Even the worst of the sinners!

Notice here, Paul was ordained to be three things: “a herald” or a preacher, “an apostle” or the sent one, and “a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.” The Gentiles are the non-Jews – you and me. The Gospel to which Paul was commissioned knew no racial or ethnic bounds. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is for me regardless of my race (an Iban) and my nationality (Malaysian). This is “the testimony given in its proper time” and “the time had fully come, God sent his Son” (Galatians 4:4). To me, this statement give special meaning to Paul’s statement that: “now is the time of God’s favour, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). Let me recap: there is only one God, there is only one way – Jesus Christ, this offer is to everyone, and this is an invitation to you:

Now is the day of salvation,
Would you like to know the only one true God intimately?
Come through Jesus Christ, the Son.

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