To Fight or Not (9)

Jesus Our Mediator.

“For there is one God and one intermediary between God and humanity, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself as a ransom for all, revealing God’s purpose at his appointed time.” 1 Timothy 2:5, 6, NET. What is the meaning of the “intermediary” or “mediator”? The Greek word employed here is “mesites” which means; mediator, intermediary, intercessor, advocate. The literal and more appropriate translation should be “mediator” or “intermediary.” The “mediator” is someone who stands between two parties who refuse to talk to one another. However, God is for us; He is not against us. God loves us the sinners, and He wants to be our God.

We, the humankind, because of the Cross of Christ, do not need someone to stand between our heavenly Father and us. Jesus, while here on Earth, indicated so. “‘At that time, you will ask in my name, and I do not say that I will ask the Father on your behalf. For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.’” John 16:26, 27, NET. Also, we now do not need someone to defend us, or to speak on our behalf because the Father is not our judge. Jesus said, “’Furthermore, the Father does not judge anyone, but has assigned all judgment to the Son, so that all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father.’” John 5:22, 23, NET. So, why the “mediator” or “intermediary”? In what way is Jesus our “intermediary” or our “intercessor”?

The disobedience in the garden in Eden created the divide between the Father and the sinful humankind. God did not impose the gap, our sin did. God is Holy, so the sinner and God could not be together because the sinner would die instantly in God’s presence. Had it not been for the fact that Father loves us, we would have perished in the garden in Eden forever. Our loving Father, however, determined to bridge the gap that sin created between Him and us. Because of His selfless love, God sent His Son to be a permanent connection, permanent bridge, between our Father and us. We are now one with God but in Jesus Christ and Him only. Jesus, by suffering the “Cross of Christ,” has bridged the gap between the Father and us. Therefore, He is our permanent “intercessor,” our “intermediary,” our “advocate,” our eternal connection to God. If Jesus is our judge and our advocate, how could we lose?

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Dan Lazich

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