JESUS IS THE ONLY MEDIATOR
"For there is one God,
and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;"
(1 Timothy 2:5)
"Jesus saith unto him,
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
Use the One and only Mediator between God and man JESUS CHRIST!
In the Old Testament, Israel believed and worshiped the one true God of the Bible and did not worship the many gods that the heathen believed in and worshipped. In the New Testament and true Christianity, there is one mediator between God and men, the man Jesus Christ. Because of our sin, we cannot mediate between ourselves and God, but only through Jesus as He said,
"I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).
Sadly, men in different Christian denominations over the centuries have added many mediators who dishonor God's Son. Instead of Christians going straight to Jesus Christ as the only mediator, they go and pray to other mediators. Angels are one of the mediators that people try to use. Other mediators Christians use are "saints," who are deceased souls in heaven. The most commonly used mediator is Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ. Even she said when told by an angel of the birth of the Savior,
"And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour" (Luke 1:47).
Because Mary needed a Savior too, it is idolatry for people to share with her the glorious work of the one Mediator, Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God, "Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time" (1 Timothy 2:6).
The apostle Paul wrote about Jesus that "he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises" (Hebrews 8:6). In the Bible, we have two covenants. One of them is in the Old Testament through Moses. The covenant of law required righteousness from man but did not give the ability to produce it. The other one in the New Testament was through Jesus. The covenant of grace attributes righteousness, where there is none. It teaches a man to live righteously and empowers him to do so with the help of the Holy Spirit. Also, it rewards him when he does it. This is the reason Jesus is the mediator of a better covenant than Moses. Even though many people understand the seriousness of sin, they still ignore Jesus Christ, the One and only Mediator God has provided for the forgiveness of their sins. Jesus is the only Mediator who can promise to make us clear from guilt. Instead, many use other powerless mediators. It is time for you to use the One and only Mediator if you have never used Him. It is a time to call upon Jesus Christ today.
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
I noticed a Christian book with the title, "How Good is Good Enough?" Maybe you will say, "I never thought of this. I do not know how good I have to be to enter God's heaven." When we review the Bible, we see there are many verses in the Old and New Testament that give us the answer. No one is good enough to gain eternal life. King Solomon wrote, "For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not" (Ecclesiastes 7:20). The apostle Paul also wrote, "For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). All of us deserve hell, "but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord" (Romans 6:23). To enjoy the gift of eternal life is not based on man's goodness, but is based on the grace of God. "I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain" (Galatians 2:21).
You have to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior to have eternal life today. The apostle Paul wrote, "Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve" (1 Corinthians 15:3-5). This is the wonderful message of the gospel. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8,9), "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;" (Titus 3:5)
Bible teacher, J. Vernon McGee said, "When I hear Christians say, 'I don't do this, and I don't do that, and I am following a set of rules' I immediately recognize that they know very little about the grace of God. They are trying to live the Christian life in their own strength. But Paul says, 'Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus'" (2 Timothy 2:1). Yes! Even though the unspeakable gift of grace is offered to all people in the world, many do not know about it, and others have rejected it. Have you accepted God's gift? If you are a believer, I pray that all the verses above from the word of God, which teach about God's grace will cause you to stop and thank God for His grace and the gift of salvation. If you are an unbeliever, I encourage you to come to Jesus now, to accept and enjoy His eternal blessings, all as a result of God's grace.
You will never be "good enough" to go to heaven, but if you believe and trust in Jesus, He promises to allow
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me"
by Ted Matamis, copyright © 2019. All rights reserved.
"There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5).
"Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12)
"And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel." (Hebrews 12:24)
"But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises." (Hebrews 8:6)
"And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance." (Hebrews 9:15)
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." (1 John 2:1)
"For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." (Hebrews 4:15)
"Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one." (Galatians 3:20)
"God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law.."(Galatians 4:4,5)
"Thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins….Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us" (Matthew 1:21,23)
"Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us." (Romans 8:34)
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16)
"God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God."
(2 Corinthians 5:21)
"The redeemed are dependent on God for all. All that we have — wisdom, the pardon of sin, deliverance, acceptance in God's favor, grace, holiness, true comfort and happiness, eternal life and glory—we have from God by a Mediator; and this Mediator is God. God not only gives us the Mediator, and accepts His mediation, and of His power and grace bestows the things purchased by the Mediator, but He is the Mediator. Our blessings are what we have by purchase; the purchase is made of God; the blessings are purchased of Him, and not so, but God is the purchaser. Yes, God is both the purchaser and the price; for Christ, who is God, purchased these blessings by offering Himself as the price of our salvation."
— Pastor and Theologian, Jonathan Edwards
One is struck with the personality of this text (Matthew 11:28). There are two persons in it, "you" and "me" Jesus says, "Come to Me, not to anybody else but to Me." He does not say, "Come to hear a sermon about Me" but "Come to Me, to My work and person." You will observe that no one is put between you and Christ...Come to Jesus directly, even to Jesus Himself. You do want a mediator between yourselves and God, but you do not want a mediator between yourselves and Jesus...To Him, we may look at once, with unveiled face, guilty as we are. To Him, we may come, just as we are, without anyone to recommend us or plead for us or make a bridge for us to Jesus...You, as you are, are to come to Christ as He is, and the promise is that on your coming to Him, he will give you rest. That is the assurance of Jesus Himself, and there is no deception in it...You see, there are two persons. Let everybody else vanish, and let these one be left alone, to transact heavenly business with each other." — "Prince of Preachers," C. H. Spurgeon
“Jesus stands between us and God, and for that very reason, he stands between us and all other men and things. He is the Mediator, not only between God and man but between man and man, between man and reality.”
― Pastor and Theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
“Before any man can think to stand before the face of God’s justice or be admitted to the secret chamber of God’s mercy or partake of the riches of His grace, he must look to the Mediator, Christ Jesus.”
― Puritan Divine, Teacher, and Pastor, Stephen Charnock
"Does the salvation of a sinner rest on what a sinner can do? On what Christ will do? No! It rests on what Christ has done."
Charles Spurgeon said The Mediator Christ Jesus is, Judge and Saviour, according to the following verses.
"And he commanded us to preach unto the people and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." (Acts 10:42,43)
Even though many people understand
the seriousness of sin, they still ignore Jesus Christ, the One and only Mediator God has provided for the forgiveness of their sins.
It's all about relationships; it's all about who you know. Have you ever enjoyed the privilege of having a friend on the inside? As our Mediator, Jesus serves as our Friend in high places. He is uniquely promised to us as our High Priest. Others served in this capacity, but none were placed there by God with an oath. He uniquely holds His priesthood permanently. All others served in this role temporarily. He is uniquely perfect as our Mediator. All others who served in this role were themselves riddled with sin. How nice it is to have a Friend—this Friend—on the inside
Jesus: The Only Savior
I cannot imagine an affirmation that would meet with more resistance from contemporary Westerners than the one Paul makes in 1 Timothy 2:5: “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” This declaration is narrow and downright un-American. We have been inundated with the viewpoint that there are many roads that lead to heaven, and that God is not so narrow that He requires a strict allegiance to one way of salvation. If anything strikes at the root of the tree of pluralism and relativism, it is a claim of exclusivity to any one religion. A statement such as Paul makes in his first letter to Timothy is seen as bigoted and hateful.
Paul, of course, is not expressing bigotry or hatefulness at all. He is simply expressing the truth of God, the same truth Jesus taught when He said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). Paul is affirming the uniqueness of Christ, specifically in His role as mediator. A mediator is a go-between, someone who stands between two parties that are estranged or involved in some kind of dispute. Paul declares that Christ is the only mediator between two parties at odds with one another—God and men.
We encounter mediators throughout the Bible. Moses, for example, was the mediator of the old covenant. He represented the people of Israel in his discussions with God, and he was God’s spokesman to the people. The prophets in the Old Testament had a mediatorial function, serving as the spokesmen for God to the people. Also, the high priest of Israel functioned as a mediator; he spoke to God on behalf of the people. Even the king of Israel was a kind of mediator; he was seen as God’s representative to the people, so God held him accountable to rule in righteousness according to the law of the Old Testament.
Why, then, does Paul say there is only one mediator between God and man? I believe we have to understand the uniqueness of Christ’s mediation in terms of the uniqueness of His person. He is the God-man, that is, God incarnate. In order to bring about reconciliation between God and humanity, the second person of the Trinity united to Himself a human nature. Thus, Jesus has the qualifications to bring about reconciliation—He represents both sides perfectly.
People ask me, “Why is God so narrow that He provided only one Savior?” I do not think that is the question we ought to ask. Instead, we should ask, “Why did God give us anyway at all to be saved?” In other words, why did He not just condemn us all? Why did God, in His grace, give to us a Mediator to stand in our place, to receive the judgment we deserve, and to give to us the righteousness we desperately need? The astonishing thing is not that He did not do it in multiple ways, but that He did it in even one way.
Notice that Paul, in declaring the uniqueness of Christ, also affirms the uniqueness of God: “There is one God.” This divine uniqueness was declared throughout the Old Testament; the very first commandment was a commandment of exclusivity: “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3).
So Paul brings all these strands together. There is only one God, and God has only one Son, and the Son is the sole mediator between God and mankind. As I said above, that is very difficult for people who have been immersed in pluralism to accept, but they have to quarrel with Christ and His Apostles on this point. The Bible offers no hope that sincere worshipers of other religions will be saved without personal faith in Jesus Christ. As Paul said in Athens, “The times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30).
Question & Answer
Question: How can Jesus be God and the mediator to God?
Answer: That is an excellent question, and one that perplexes many people. Let’s start by reading the verses you are referring to in your question. 1 Timothy 2:5-6 says, “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”
Why is the Lord represented to us as the man Christ Jesus in this portion? Even though He is God, it was as the perfect man that He gave Himself a ransom for us. While it is true that there is only one God, the Lord has manifested Himself to us as a triune God. He is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. Although the word “Trinity” is not found in the Bible, its truth is certainly taught.
Jesus is God
We have a wonderful occasion in the New Testament where God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are all manifested at one time. Let’s read Matthew 3:13-17, “Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad Him, saying, I have need to be baptized of Thee, and comest Thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered Him. And Jesus, when He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
So, here on the occasion of Jesus’ baptism, we have the Spirit coming upon Him and the voice of the Father speaking from Heaven. This is such a good portion to show the three persons of the Godhead. In reference to the Lord Jesus, we read in Colossians 2:9, “For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”
Jesus is the Only Way to God
The Lord Jesus, God the Son, is our mediator to God the Father as we read in 1 John 2:1, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” In reference to our prayers, Christ is our mediator; in reference to our sins, Christ is our advocate in Heaven; in reference to our worship and praise, Christ is our High Priest as we read in Hebrews 4:15,
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Here again, we are brought to understand that the Lord Jesus can empathize with us in our infirmities because He walked here as a man and knows what we are going through. For Christ to be a man, He did not cease being God, so He lived a life without sin. Even now, in Heaven, Christ still exists as the God-man. He is 100 percent man and 100 percent God.
To get a sense of the wonder of the incarnation of Christ, let’s read a couple of verses from John’s Gospel. John 1:1 tells us that, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” We then read in John 1:14 that, “the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” It’s obvious from these verses that the Word (Jesus) was God, and was made flesh and dwelt among us. This is speaking of Christ’s birth and living in the world. Those who knew Him could clearly see His glory as being the only begotten Son of God. — Charles Carter, answersfromthebook.net
A Good Mediator
Is needed when there is a difference between two parties.
"Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. " (Galatians 3:20)
Is a middle-man, a reconcile.
"God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law." (Galatians 4:4,5)
Is often appointed when an agreement or contract is broken.
"They have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant." (Isaiah 24:5)
Must be willing to undertake the task.
"I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me." (John 6:38)
Must be approved for the job.
"Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by Him in the midst of you." (Acts 2:22)
Is made the sole judge in the matters set before him.
"The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son … And hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of man." (John 5:22-27)
Must be someone who loves peace and longs after it.
"Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given … His name shall be called … The Prince of Peace."
"In Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For He is our peace." (Ephesians 2:13,14)
Must put personal ambition aside and seek the best for others.
"Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God … made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and … humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:5-8)
Must be very wise.
"Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption." (1 Corinthians 1:30)
Must be righteous.
"If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous." (1 John 2:1)
Must be faithful.
"Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to Him that appointed Him." (Hebrews 3:1,2)
Must endure hardship and rejection in bringing the parties together.
"He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not. Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:3-5)
Usually has a set amount of time in which to complete the mediation.
"He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead." (Acts 17:31)
If ultimately rejected (after long patience), will leave the offender subject to the severity of the law.
"He that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." (John 3:36)
— Adapted from “Christ A Mediator” by Learn The Bible.
The central truth of all truth concerns the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. He was a man on earth, and He is a man now at the right hand of the Majesty on High, having been raised again from the dead by the glory of the Father. But He is also God, eternal in being and omnipotent in power. He was God before He took up manhood, and what He was, He is, and forever shall be.
How Can Man Be Right With God?
The Deity of Jesus is of utmost importance in relation to men being brought to God in righteousness. Thousands of years ago, Job cried out, “How should man be just with God?” (Job 9:2). We find Job testing one by one the suggestions that arose in regard to his earnest question, and finally, apparently hopeless of finding an answer, he breaks out in that soul-stirring lament, “He is not a man, as I am, that I should answer Him, and we should come together in judgment. Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both” (Job 9:32,33).
Do you understand where Job stood, and do you relate to his feelings? He said in effect: “I know that I have sinned against God, and if He were a man as I am, I could understand His displeasure. I could estimate the extent of my offense, and I could go to Him and make restitution for the wrong that I have done, and be at peace with Him. But He is not a man as I am, and I do not know where to begin the argument. I cannot measure the demands of His justice. I have no ground upon which to stand before Him. He is almighty, holy and just, and I am weak, sinful and guilty. His very holiness is a terror to me; it makes me afraid.”
Who Is Qualified to Mediate?
Job could only have hope if a daysman, or mediator, appeared who was fully qualified to take up the case. Carefully note the qualifications that the mediator must possess: He must stand between God and the sinner, and by so doing declare His willingness to take up the case. He must also be able to put His hand upon both—I beg of you not to miss the importance of that. I might come to you and lay my hand upon your shoulder and talk with you, for we are equals, but I could not lay my hand upon God! When David was transporting the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, it is recorded that Uzzah put forth his hand to steady it. The moment his presumptuous fingers touched that throne of God, he fell to the earth a corpse (2 Samuel 6:1-7).
Learn from that solemn incident that no man could put his hand upon God, or upon the throne of God, and live. And yet the mediator for whom Job cried in his despair must be able to put His hand upon God. He must be God’s equal, for none less could intervene, or be of use to Job or to us. But He must also put His hand upon men; He must be one of us. He must be God and man.
Jesus Is The Mediator
The New Testament is the book of the Mediator. In its first chapter we read, “Thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins…. Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us” (Matthew 1:21,23). The prophetic Scriptures had foretold His coming: “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting” (Micah 5:2). That word was fulfilled when Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
Being God, He knew according to God’s perfect knowledge to what extent God’s glory was jeopardized by man’s sin. He knew what the demands of the eternal throne were in regard to the violation of its just decrees. He knew how completely man’s self-will had made him the slave of Satan and how great was the gulf that separated him from God. He knew the penalty that had to be paid, the conflict that had to be waged, the work that had to be done. He became man to stand in our place before God, to take the bill of our terrible indebtedness and meet it to the full, so that God Himself could write “Settled” across the account. This involved for Him the sorrows of Calvary; and there, as the holy Substitute for men, He “gave Himself a ransom for all.” The sacrifice that He made has met all the claims of the throne, and He is now the “one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Is Jesus YOUR Mediator?
What a Savior is Jesus! How worthy is He of our fullest praise! He stooped to us that He might put His hand upon us, and He has done it tenderly and graciously so that we are not afraid. He has put one hand upon us and the other is placed upon the throne of God, and He is the one mediator. With the one hand He has offered the fullest satisfaction to the righteous claims of God and with the other He has bestowed fullness of grace upon us. He brings us to God and gives us a place in His presence without fear, and in everlasting peace, a peace established upon the infallible and immovable foundation of divine righteousness, secured for us by a divine person for the eternal glory of God.
Have you, like Job, recognized the hopelessness of approaching God without a mediator? Now is the time to turn from your way to God’s way; put your trust in Jesus Christ today. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).
—Adapted from “The Deity of Jesus” by J. T. Mawson
To enter God's heaven YOU must use the One and only Mediator
We have to know that Jesus is the Mediator between God and us, and for that reason, He is the Mediator between us and all other men and His creation, since everything was created through him and unto him.
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3)
“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” (1 Corinthians 8:6)
“Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;” (Hebrews 1:2).
Jesus' intercession is the most promising way through prayer and asking in His name to help us in the relationship between other men and His creation during our lives.