1Ti 2:5-8 “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. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”
Paul’s declaration in verse five should make our hearts glad. There is one God! We do not have a multitude of gods with different ideas and different agendas (unless we are trying to serve the flesh). We have one True and Living God who has loved us with an everlasting love.
We understand that our carnal mind is enmity against God (Rom 8:7). Enmity is defined as hostility or a reason for opposition (see Strong’s). Because of our carnal mind, we need someone to be a mediator between us and God. Strong’s defines the word translated as mediator as an intercessor or reconciler.
No man who has Adam as his father is able to be a reconciler between mankind and God. We have all inherited a carnal mind from Adam. The only one able to reconcile us with God is the Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Being begotten of God, Jesus has the mind of God: He is spiritually minded rather than carnal minded.
Jesus was not forced to come to this earth to be our intercessor. He gave Himself a ransom. He purposely and deliberately chose to minister reconciliation between us and God the Father. The word ransom literally means the redemption price. Jesus is the only redemption price that was able to satisfy the holy, righteous law of God.
This testimony of the redemptive, reconciling work of Jesus is hidden from the carnal mind. But in due time (as it pleases God), He sends His Holy Spirit into our lives to give us evidence of the work that Christ has done. God’s work in our lives is always revealed to us according to His purpose. His time is always the right time.
Paul declares here that he was ordained a preacher and an apostle. The word ordained, as translated here, means to be placed. It is used in a passive sense, indicating that Paul did not take this upon himself. As preachers, we are sent by God to bear testimony of the gift of Jesus Christ: it is not something we simply decide to do.
It is vital that we always handle the word of God truthfully and lovingly. We should never use His word to get personal gain or make a reputation for ourselves. We should teach with great conviction that we must rely upon Christ and Him alone for our salvation. This should be our theme wherever God sends us to minister.
Paul had a desire that men pray everywhere. The word translated as pray means literally to pray to God, to make supplication to Him, and to worship. We should call on each other to do this everywhere; in every condition and time of our lives. This should be done in sincerity, without any thought of vengeance or anger, keeping fully in focus that Christ is our mediator.
May we come boldly to the throne of God, knowing that we have One who makes intercession for us!