Our One Mediator

William C. Brownson

READ : 1 Timothy 2:5-6

For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human. (v. 5)

After the cheering news that God “desires everyone to be saved, and to come to a knowledge of the truth,” Paul reminds Timothy of a marvelous confession of faith which had already become well-known in the early Christian churches. “There is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human, who gave himself a ransom for all.”

The God who longs for the salvation of all is the one true and living God. Between this God and sinful human beings there is one “mediator,” one “person in the middle,” one “go-between.” It is Jesus, who shares in both the being of God and the life of humankind. That’s who he is, the God-man, who says, “I am the way, and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). He does this marvelous work of bringing us to God by giving himself to die as a ransom for all. When Jesus cried out “It is finished!” the great work of our salvation had been determined, dared, and done. Paul is saying, “Timothy, keep praying and preaching, so that all through this one mediator may be saved!”

PRAYER

We bless you, Lord Jesus, for dying and rising to bring us to God!