|1Timothy 2:1-3 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Timothy was a young disciple, begotten by the preaching of Paul. The aged Paul thought of Timothy as his son in the Gospel. Timothy grew in the grace and knowledge of GOD and was soon called by the Lord to the ministry. And here the Apostle is writing Timothy and telling him how the church is to be conducted (1st Timothy 3:15).
Paul exhorts Timothy that First of All, that prayers should be made for all men. Not just for the brothers and sisters of the faith. Not just for your family, not just your friends, not just for your loved ones, but for all men. For all are precious in the sight of God. How shall we pray for all men? Billions of which we do not know? God knows them, and we know that there are two classes of people: those who know Jesus and those who need to know him. Thus in prayer we ask, “Father we pray for the lost everywhere that they may give their hearts to you” and for our brethren we say, “Father we pray for your children everywhere, that you will keep them from the evil one and that they may grow in your grace”.
Paul then in particular mentions the kings and all those in authority, and he says pray for them also. Christ died for them also, God is the one that gives them life and the power to rule, pray for them that you may live a quiet and peaceful life in their domain. Can you imagine if the hearts of our leaders were all fully given to Satan? That the holy Spirit was not there to restrain these men? It would be like the day of Nero; when to worship God publicly was to risk your life. Thus Paul says don’t forget to lift up those in authority. For these things are Good in the sight of God.
1Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
Yes, God wants all men to be saved; it is not his will that any should perish. He says to the wicked turn, turn, why will you die; my soul has no pleasure in the death of wicked. But rather Jesus said it is his Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Yet many who hear the truth reject it, and many who claim to possess the truth, don’t have it. What is the truth that is essential to our salvation?
1Timothy 2:5-6 For 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.
Paul echoes the sentiment of Jesus, this is salvation, this is eternal life, to know the only true God, and the one mediator between him and man, his Son Christ Jesus, who died for all (John 17:3). With out this knowledge there is no salvation. You cannot know GOD except you know the Son, you cannot come to GOD except you come through the Son, You cannot love the Father, unless you love the Son. You cannot have the Spirit of the Father, if you have not the Spirit of his Son. Jesus says this.
John 14:6 I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
It is sad that many professed Christians do not have this knowledge
1st Corinthians 8:6-7 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. Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge:
Today Christendom is as confused as ancient heathendom. You ask who is Jesus? They say he is the one God. You ask who mediates between God and men? They say the holy Spirit. Who is the holy Spirit? They say, the One God. Then who mediates between the one God and man? And they are confused; Rome is so confused they believe that Mary and host of other ghosts of dead men are their intercessors. But the bible is too clear on this matter. There is one GOD the Father, and the mediator between God and man is Christ Jesus. Jesus has always been the mediator and he will always be the mediator. He is Jesus Christ the same, Yesterday, Today and Forever more.
Some limit Jesus’ role of mediation to only that of redemption, but we will see in the following study that he is truly the mediator in all things; including our creation.
Paul brought this clearly out when he said “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him”. All things are OF God, or all things are DERIVED from GOD. God is the source of everything. Even the life of Jesus is derived from the Father. Jesus said, “As the Father has life in himself, he has given the Son to have life in himself”. So God is the source of creation.
Then Paul continues “and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.” All things that God made were made “BY”, which means through Jesus Christ. God is the source, and Jesus was the channel of creation. It was GOD working through his Son in the creation of the world.
Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
So clearly Jesus was the mediator in creation. And it is Jesus who spoke in Proverbs 8.
Proverbs 8:22-30 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: Then I was by him, as one ‘brought up’ (master builder) with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him;
Thus Christ was born before creation, and he was the channel by which God created our world. And as Christ was the mediator in Creation, we will see he is also the mediator in the Exodus and giving of the 10 Commandments. Turn with me to Exodus 13.
Exodus 13:18 But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
Exodus 13:21-22 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
The bible says that it was GOD, Jehovah who led the children of Israel by a pillar of fire.
Exodus 23:20-23 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries. For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off.
God tells us it was actually an Angel that went before the children of Israel, and the Angel went forth in the Authority of God, and the words that he spoke was not his words, but the words of God. Thus the presence of the Angel was considered the presence of God himself.
Isaiah 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
Who do you think this Angel of God’s presence was, this messenger who mediated between Israel and God Almighty? No doubt it was Christ.
1Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
1Corinthians 10:9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
Christ was the spiritual rock that Israel drank from, it was Christ they tempted when they obeyed not his voice. It was Christ that judged them, for God had given him all judgment. It is Christ, God’s Chief Messenger, his only begotten Son, who represents the presence of God Almighty. Who dwells in his Son, and does the work.
John 14:10 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.
If it was Christ who led the Children of Israel in the Exodus, who do you think gave them the law of GOD?
Galatians 3:19-20 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.
In the giving of the law, the "angels" were representatives of God; Moses, as mediator, represented the people. The chief Messenger and Representative of God is his Son, who was begotten in the “express image” of his Father’s person. Thus it was Christ who had led Israel in the pillar of fire, that also handed down the 10 Commandments, the Covenant of the Lord. The Father was present through the person of his Son.
MEDIATOR OF JUDGMENT
If God’s law was given through his Son, then we can be assured that God will judge the transgression of the law through his Son. And this is the very truth that Jesus expressed in the fifth chapter of John.
John 5:22-24 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 5:26-27 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
God has placed the authority of judgment into the hands of his Son, and God through Jesus will judge the world.
Romans 2:16 In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.
Thus again Jesus Christ is the mediator of judgment. He stands before God and men. He was the mediator of Creation, he was the mediator of the Exodus, He was the mediator of the Law, He is the mediator of judgment and he the mediator of our redemption.
Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
The bible teaches us that we are bought; we are redeemed not with silver and gold, but with the precious blood of Jesus, as a Lamb without spot. Yet the bible says that God is our Redeemer.
Luke 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,
How can this be? The bible says, “For GOD so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son”. God initiated the plan of salvation. If GOD had not loved, and if God had not gave, then there would be no holy blood to shed for our redemption. God gave his son; God paid the price in his gift to the world. So again God is the source of redemption, and Jesus Christ is the channel of God’s redemption.
Jesus Christ, God’s outstretched Arm
God reaches out to mankind through his Son. God’s out stretched hand is found only in the person of Jesus Christ. Turn with me to Jeremiah.
Through whom did God create the worlds? Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
Through whom did God lead the Exodus? Jeremiah 32:21 And hast brought forth thy people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs, and with wonders, and with a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with great terror;
Through Whom will God judge the world? Isaiah 51:5 My righteousness is near; my salvation is gone forth, and mine arms shall judge the people; the isles shall wait upon me, and on mine arm shall they trust.
Through Whom has God redeemed us? Exodus 6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:
So it is that God reaches us through his Son, but how are we to reach God? Again, Jesus says, “No man comes to the Father but by me”. There is no other way.
Jesus says my broken body is the bridge to eternity. You’ll go the blood bought way of Calvary or you will not go at all.
Jesus says, When you make requests to God, do so in my name, for I am your only intercessor.
Jesus says, When you are tempted call on me, for I am your High Priest and I am able to succor you.
Jesus says, If you sin, plead my blood for I am your only Advocate.
Jesus says, When you praise God for his Goodness, do so through me, for it is only through me that you can obtain his peace and joy (Romans 1:8, 5:1).
Before we close lets turn to Second Corinthians.
2Corinthians 5:19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation
My friends, Jesus has always been the channel by which God works, he has always been the mediator: In creation, in the giving of the law, in judgment and in redemption; it is God working through Christ. Christ has received All things from his Father, but he took to give. When the work of God has begun upon the heart of man the glad tidings of a heart renewed flows from the redeemed through the mediator to the ears of the Great God; Thus through the Son the life of God flows out to all, and through the Son it returns in praise and gratitude from the redeemed. Thus a circuit of life is established between God, Christ and the believer. And they are all united in the love of a merciful and great God.
His Arm is outstretched today, right now he is pleading, “Come onto me, all you that labour and heavy burdened, and I’ll give you rest”. Turn to me, I love you, I don’t want you to die; but I want you to live with me forever. Will you join the circle of life?
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