Our One Mediator

William C. Brownson

Read: 1 Timothy 2:5-7

For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle . . . a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.”

After the cheering news that God “desires all people to be saved and to come to the 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, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave him- self as 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).

Jesus 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” (John 19:30), the great work of our salvation had been determined, dared, and done. Paul is saying, “Timothy, keep praying and preaching, so that through this one mediator all may be saved!” —Bill Brownson

As you pray, bless Jesus for dying and rising to bring us to God.