Skip to comments.Only one way to the Father through Jesus
Posted on 09/24/2008 9:55:51 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953
"For there is one God
and one Mediator
between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus."
1 Timothy 2:5, NKJV
Christ is the Mediator between God and men. A mediator is one who brings two parties together who have a disagreement. Our disagreement with God is sin. As sinners, we are in rebellion against the the word and will of God. God is holy. He cannot condone sin. Our sin must be punished by a holy God.
OUR MEDIATOR AT THE CROSS
In Scripture, we see Christ as our Mediator at the cross. Not only is God holy, but He is love and He is merciful. His holy judgment and wrath are seen at the cross, as well as His love, mercy and grace. God hates sin, but He loves sinners. These attributes of God meet at the cross of Jesus.
Jesus, the Mediator for sinners at the cross, prayed for the people who demanded His death, mocked and reviled Him. His prayer was "Father forgive them for they know not what they do." Such mercy is beyond our comprehension, but love triumphs over sin at the cross.
OUR MEDIATOR IN HEAVEN
Christ is our mediator in heaven, pleading our cause before the Father, based on His perfect sacrifice for our sins. "We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He is the propitiation (sacrifice) for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world," 1 John 2:1-2. An advocate is one who speaks on behalf of another. Jesus is in heaven, speaking before the Father. This depicts a courtroom scene. An attorney is an advocate for one who is accused of wrongdoing. He pleads his client's cause before the judge. The outcome is dependent on the effectiveness of the attorney with the judge. In heaven's courtroom, our Advocate has never lost a case. He pleads His blood of the cross as full payment for the sins of every believer.
CHRIST, THE ONLY MEDIATOR
Our text makes it clear that Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men. No wonder Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me," John 14:6. The world says, "That is too narrow. It's religious bigotry. All religions lead to the same place." If they are right, Jesus died in vain. If they are right, the resurrection of Jesus Christ has little meaning. If what Jesus said is right, there is only one way, because there is only one Mediator between God and men. I choose Christ as my Mediator with God the Father. What about you? Jesus is the only man in human history who claimed that He would die for the sins of the world and rise from the dead. According to the testimony of Holy Scripture and the Holy Spirit, He indeed offered the sacrifice for our sins and is risen as our Mediator.
whats your point?
Oh... I just read it tonight and found it interesting, and it, sort of, related to your post.
In what way? I am not seeing it could you explain?
Absolutely and nothing availeth anything but a new creature. One is either saved through belief in Jesus Christ and only through faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work for us at the cross or one is lost and on their way into everlasting hell.
Our sins are forgiven because Jesus died in our place for them. There's a story I was told - a young lady comes before a judge who has violated a law. She says she has no money to pay the fine. The judge gets up, takes off his robe and proceeds to go past the bar and stand beside the woman. The judge then says ‘I will pay the fine’ - he does and then goes back beyond the bar puts on his robe and sits down. He then says ‘ your fine has been paid you are free to leave’.
It's the same way, Jesus came down to pay ‘our fine’ ....
I know it's simple but .....
Romans 6:23 calls death the wages of sin not a fine.
There is a difference.
He is lamenting on the worldly things he loved before he found the true treasure of Jesus Christ.
It’s rhetorical, an allegory just like a parable ... Jesus paid for our sins .... she broke the law (sinned) and Jesus came down and paid for her’s as well as yours. It was simply a story to illustrate what God did for us - He became one of us through Jesus .... paid for our sins ...
Do you know what the definition of sin is?
Hint: It’s Jewish ....
Believe it or not, yep .....that’s the whole idea ....
Gotta look foward and strive for the goal and keep growing in my faith.
I am 45 now with lots of work to do.
Good for you! My son will be 45 tomorrow, (Happy Birthday, Johnny!) and you won’t believe the jokes he has had to put up with! LOL!
The Hebrew word for sin, chatta’th’ and the Greek word for sin, hamarti’a, both carry the sense of missing a goal or mark, something aimed for. Hence a missing the mark of perfection, God’s standard.
How Jewish in definition?
The rock in which Moses hid was a shadow of the mediator, for Moses could not survive an encounter with God without a mediator.
The rock giving water in the desert was a shadow of the living water.
Moses was a type of mediator when he spoke with God in behalf of the children, but even this mediator had to purify himself before each encounter with the Holy One.
Abel’s blood scream out from the ground for vengeance, Christ’s blood gave mercy.
The Ark provided 40 days of deliverance from judgment, Christ provides eternal deliverance.
It goes on and on...
People want to return to the types and shadows when they all point to Him.
Exodus 19 isn’t it? One of the most vivid examples of human nature in the Bible. That story crops up over and over in life.
Exactly right because Jesus is God. Those who who know him know God. Those who know him have him abiding in them. Those who know him let him live his live through them. And he WILL NOT lead us into sin.
The Jewish definition of sin is: Having the opportunity to glorify God and you didn’t .... basically it means that if you did something to hurt your fellow man such as lying or stealing, etc ..... you’ve not glorified God because if you consider yourself a child of God, why would you disrespect God????
Torah is not Jewish enough?
We have Torah and ... the prophets ... Isaiah to begin with .... but - as a Messianic Jew I don’t need the Law - Jesus fulfilled the Law on the cross .... I am now under Grace.
Ahh.. thank you, that was not clear to me at the beginning.
Sins of omission are within the broad meaning of both Hebrew and Greek words. Cheers!
Thanks and may God be with you too ....
To me anything that does not glorify God is sin - not doing for our fellow man is sin ... as Paul said: feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the homeless .... but then, there are those people who take advantage of Christian goodwill ... I pity them as those who take money in God’s name ...
Thanks for posting this.
“For there is one God
and one Mediator
between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus.”
guitarplayer1953, Sorry I didn’t get back sooner. I did a search and found Union and Communion by A W Pink. I read most of it.
Why do you ask? BVB
God did not give Muhammad squat.
God can not violate any of His laws and one of His laws is that there must be a witness of two or more. There are three manifestation of the God Head God the Father God the Son God the Holy Spirit.
Each bearing wittiness of the other.
You are saying the same thing that Muhammad used to claim the Catholic Church has a triune god when you claim your God has three manifestations.
You say that God did not give Muhammad squat. I did not say He did. I said that if you believe, as the Catholic Church does, that their Church Fathers were led by the Holy Spirit in truth when they come up with this doctrine 300+ years after Jesus and the apostles, you have to believe it is God’s will.
God knows the future. He would know how Muhammad would use this. It would be God’s will for all these people to parish not to mention all the suffering from all the wars and occupations going on to this day.
Not the God I know or would want to know.
Is late, have a good night, BVN
To begin with I have no idea what the Catholic Church teaches. I’m not Catholic. God has not condemned anyone He has sent His Holy Spirit to cause conviction of sin. Satan the snake took what God said and twisted it in the garden. Just as many through history have taken what God has said in His word and twisted it to turn men from God.
We believe in one God the Father, the Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being [substance] with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven; by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
Whoever wishes to be saved must, above all else, hold to the true Christian Faith. Whoever does not keep this faith pure in all points will certainly perish forever.
Now this is the true Christian faith: We worship one God in three persons and three persons in one God, without mixing the persons or dividing the divine being. For each person -- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit -- is distinct, but the deity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit is one, equal in glory and coeternal in majesty. What the Father is, so is the Son, and so is the Holy Spirit.
The Father is uncreated, the Son uncreated, and the Holy Spirit uncreated; The Father is eternal, the Son eternal, and the Holy Spirit eternal. And yet they are not three who are eternal, but there is one who is eternal, just as they are not three who are uncreated, nor three who are infinite, but there is one who is uncreated and one who is infinite.
In the same way the Father is almighty, the Son is almighty, and the Holy Spirit is almighty. And yet they are not three who are almighty, but there is one who is almighty. So the Father is God, the Son is God, the Holy Spirit is God. And yet they are not three Gods, but one God. So the Father is Lord, the Son is Lord, the Holy Spirit is Lord; yet they are not three Lords, but one Lord.
For just as Christian truth compels us to confess each person individually to be God and Lord, so the true Christian faith forbids us to speak of three Gods or three Lords. The Father is neither made not created, nor begotten of anyone. The Son is neither made nor created, but is begotten of the Father alone. The Holy Spirit is neither made nor created nor begotten, but proceeds from the Father and the Son. So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Spirit, not three Holy Spirits.
And within this Trinity none comes before or after; none is greater or inferior, but all three persons are coequal and coeternal, so that in every way, as stated before, all three persons are to be worshiped as one God and one God worshiped as three persons. Whoever wishes to be saved must have this conviction of the Trinity.
It is furthermore necessary for eternal salvation truly to believe that our Lord Jesus Christ also took on human flesh. Now this is the true Christian faith: We believe and confess, that our Lord Jesus Christ, God's Son, is both God and Man. He is God, eternally begotten from the nature of the Father, and he is man, born in time from the nature of his mother, fully God, fully man, with rational soul and human flesh, equal to the Father, as to his deity, less than the Father, as to his humanity; and though he is both God and Man, Christ is not two persons but one, one, not by changing the deity into flesh, but by taking the humanity into God; one, indeed, not by mixture of the natures, but by unity in one person.
For just as the reasonable soul and flesh are one human being, so God and man are one Christ, who suffered for our salvation, descended into hell, rose the third day from the dead. He ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty, and from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. At his coming all people will rise again with their own bodies to answer for their personal deeds. Those who have done good will enter eternal life, but those who have done evil will go into everlasting fire.
This is the true Christian Faith. Whoever does not faithfully and firmly believe this cannot be saved.
With this creed we are told that to be saved we must subscribe to the doctrine of the trinity. I find that no where in scripture and nor can you.
It flies in the face of the most repeated scripture from the New Testament, John 3:16; 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.
My God is not a God of confusion. He told me he sent His Son. He did not say He came as one of His multiple personalities.
I believe Satan is the father of confusion. How many times have you read or been told the doctrine of the trinity is confusing and hard to understand without help?
Thanks but no thanks. I see no reason to understand something which has no bearing on my salvation and the fruits have done so much damage.
Satan the snake took what God said and twisted it in the garden. Just as many through history have taken what God has said in His word and twisted it to turn men from God.
I agree, that is why I still maintain my God would not advocate something which has had such injurious results. If you believe He is able to sees the future you would have to agree He would see the results both good and bad. I see far more bad than good, if any.
The bible says that God is the Word and Jesus in the Word. So Jesus is God just as the Father and Holy Spirit is God. The only doctrine for salvation is in Romans 10
10:9 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
No where here does it say that one must believe in the Trinity. Although the Trinity is a fact. The bible says that men twist the word of God to become of no effect. If one adds a doctrine to the Word where there is not doctrine of salvation like in the Trinity then they have created a stumbling block and as teachers they will have a grater weight of judgment on them the weight of a millstone.
I would have to say I am in more of a line with the Athanasian Creed except for having to believe in the Trinity to be saved. The bible does not say that.