The Ultimate Conflict Resolved

Read: 1 Timothy 2:1-7

Conflicts seem to be a dime a dozen these days.  Resolving those conflicts can often be a challenge unless a mediator is brought in to help resolve the conflict.  In the 2nd chapter of 1st Timothy Paul refers to Jesus as the mediator between God and mankind.  What does he mean by giving Jesus that name or title?  The Jesus Bible explains it this way….

“If you asked someone to list the titles of Jesus in the Bible, it would likely be a while before they said mediator.  Yet this often-overlooked title is of critical importance for believers.  A mediator enters into a dispute between two parties and brings about resolution.  According to the Bible, sin has placed every human being in conflict with the perfectly righteous God of the universe (Romans 3:10).  There is nothing a person can do to bridge this chasm that sin creates between himself or herself and God.

Despite this problem originating because of human sin, God took it upon himself to resolve the conflict.  Instead of letting people experience the just result of their rebellion against him, God sent Jesus, his own Son, to act as a mediator of his new covenant of grace (Hebrews 9:15).  For those who place their faith in him, the Bible says Jesus bore their sin so that they could become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).  Now Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father, interceding on their behalf (Romans 8:34).

If we are in Christ, he paid the penalty for our sin, and his perfect obedience is credited to us.  Because of Jesus’ work, we are no longer in conflict with God, and we have been adopted as children and co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).  With Jesus as our mediator, we partake in God’s amazing grace!”  And to that we can all say, AMEN!

Make it Personal:  Take time to read 1 Timothy 2:1-7 and also look up the other scriptures listed above.  These scriptures tell the truth about what God has done to save us, redeem us, and give us hope in this life.  It is the good news for all people who will believe and receive Jesus as their Savior, Mediator, and Lord.

Have a wonderful week,  Glen Rhodes