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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”