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One God and one mediator

March 28, 2018

As we move farther along toward the culminating celebration of the Resurrection this week, the Verse of the Day for March 28, 2018 reminds us of the unique role that Jesus Christ played in reconciling fallen humanity back to God:

1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NIV):

For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people. This has now been witnessed to at the proper time.

Galatians 3:20 (AMP) explains what this means:

Now the mediator or go-between [in a transaction] is not [needed] for just one party; whereas God is only one [and was the only One giving the promise to Abraham, but the Law was a contract between two, God and Israel; its validity depended on both].

Jesus Christ also revealed his singularly important position when he made known:“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.”

This truth is affirmed in Acts 4:12:

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.

Another aspect of Christ’s unique role as our mediator is found in Hebrews 9:15:

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.

As the mediator of a new covenant, his function transcends the first covenant (the Mosaic Law). Note the difference between the two covenants:

But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.

Prior to Jesus Christ, failure to keep the Law of the Old Covenant resulted in experiencing the “curse of the law.” On the other hand, the new covenant mediated through Christ Jesus provided remission of sins and positioned believers to stand before God clothed in righteousness by the grace of God, to stand boldly before His presence with no sense of sin, guilt, shame nor condemnation.

We are reminded of this truth in 2 Corinthians 5:21:

For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Through Jesus, a perfect sacrifice, our mediator, we are made right with God through faith in Christ Jesus. During this week we are especially mindful of the accomplished work of Jesus Christ, our mediator. We have been made new in Christ and must now

Arise to a New Place

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation:

old things are passed away; behold, all things are made new.

2 Corinthians 5:17

 

In Christ you are free from the burdens you once bore.

The shackles of past shortcomings have been lifted,

For the yoke of guilt and shame you will bear no more.

Arise to a new place–all things have been shifted.

 

The shackles of past shortcomings have been lifted.

No longer restricted, cast off every care.

Arise to a new place–all things have been shifted.

Even in darkest times I have always been there.

 

No longer restricted, cast off every care.

Released from bondage, reproach has been rolled away.

Even in your darkness I have always been there.

Pure joy comes with the dawning of a brand new day.

 

Released from bondage, reproach has been rolled away

In a place where love abounds and peace never ends.

Pure joy comes with the dawning of a brand new day.

We walk together, hand in hand as faithful friends.

 

Released from bondage, reproach has been rolled away,

For the yoke of guilt and shame you will bear no more.

We walk together hand: in hand as faithful friends.

In Christ you are free from the burdens you once bore.

 

We close with a musical statement similar to the first part of the Verse of the Day:“There is a God”

Mediator of unity

March 28, 2015

1 Timothy-2 5-6

In this present season, as we approach the celebration of Jesus Christ’s resurrection, we focus on Jesus Christ and his ultimate purpose to reconcile and bring humanity back to unity with God. Originally posted last year, the Verse of the Day for March 28, 2015 is an expression of that unity:

For, There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 in the Amplified Bible also speaks of Jesus Christ as a mediator:

18 Thank [God] in everything [no matter what the circumstances may be, be thankful and give thanks], for this is the will of God for you [who are] in Christ Jesus [the Revealer and Mediator of that will].

For those who accept Jesus Christ, as Lord and Savior, believing in their hearts that God raised him from the dead, receive the power to become children of God. Romans 8:16 reminds us:

The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

This reality is confirmed in 1 John 5:6 :

This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

Just as God is one, He desires that we, as His sons and daughters, become one. Jesus Christ expresses that same desire in the prayer that Jesus Christ offered to God just prior to the events leading to his crucifixion and ultimate resurrection in John 17:20-23:

20 “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;

21 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:

23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.

God’s desire, expressed through Jesus Christ, has always been for unity. Likewise, God’s desire for His children is that they also may become one, to be unified by the love of God. John 13:35 makes known that desire:

By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

A musical expression of the unity that should be evident in the followers of Jesus Christ is “We are one in the spirit.” The popular folk classic that reached its height during the late 1960s, the period when I first experienced and subsequently manifested God’s love, is rendered here by Jars of Clay: