One Mediator between God and Man

“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men,
the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all...”
— 1 Timothy 2:5,6

A mediator is one who acts as a “go between.” Because the finite cannot reach the infinite nor can the sinful commune with the holy, man needs a mediator to reach God. Job knew it. He was perplexed by the hard times that had come upon him. His well-meaning friends had come and told him that to get relief from his woes he just needed to get right with God. Job longed for that very thing, but was painfully aware of the difficulty in justifying his position before such a holy and awesome God: “For He is not a man, as I am, that I may answer Him, and that we should go to court together.” Job 9:32 When he considered the greatness of God, Job sensed his own insignificance. How could he have an audience with God? Who was he to say to God, “Why are You doing these things?” Job recognized the tremendous gulf separating God and man. Job realized what the religions of the world have not: it is impossible for man to ever bridge that gulf. Man is so far from reaching into Heaven yet the world’s religions still try to build their own bridge to God. Job knew that if it were to be done someone would have to do it for him - someone who could bring God and man together. Job cried for a “mediator between us, who may lay his hand on us both.” Job 9:33

Jesus is the answer to that cry. He is the only one who ever lived, who can stand in the gap and lay his hands on both God and man. He is God manifest in human flesh. True Christianity is not man attempting to reach God, but the infinite God reaching down to touch finite man. Jesus understands man’s fears, weaknesses, failures and temptations. He has laid His cross in the gulf of sin. By faith in Jesus, man has his bridge to God! There is one God and one way to God – through the “one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.”

- From Study #5153