“1 Timothy 2:5-7”
Categories: 1 Timothy
“For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying) as a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.”
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As surely as there is only one God, there is only “one mediator also between God and men” (verse 6). And what a perfect and unique mediator “the man Christ Jesus” truly is. He is perfectly suited to this unique position, as He possessed the full attributes of humanity and deity simultaneously. “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form” (Colossians 2:9). “For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:15-16). Jesus not only knows what we go through because He created us. He knows the human experience because He became one of us!
Jesus, our perfect mediator, “gave Himself as a ransom for all” (verse 6). These seven words tell us a great deal about the nature of the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior. First of all, He “gave Himself.” His was a voluntary sacrifice that was given lovingly, selflessly and willingly. Jesus was not a victim but the greatest of all victors who defeated death, the grave and sin for us. Secondly, He offered Himself as a “ransom”. His self-sacrifice was the ransom price paid to free us from slavery—the bondage of sin and death. Finally, Jesus gave Himself as a ransom “for all”. The only way we limit the atonement of Jesus Christ is if we refuse to accept the gracious offer of salvation that He has given to all of His creation. As Paul had just stated, God “desires all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth” (verse 4).
Please read 1 Timothy 2:8-10 for tomorrow.
- Louie Taylor