One mediator between God and men

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 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 (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-7

Just think about how it was for God’s people before Jesus. Once a year the High Priest was allowed into the Holy of Holies to offer sacrifice and prayers for the people. No one else was allowed in the presence of God. The rest of the year the priests would make the sacrifices for the people. You chose what to offer for the sacrifice but only the priests could make the actual sacrifice. The ordinary person had someone between them and God. The only exceptions were God’s prophets and others God chose to communicate to directly.

No more. We no longer have a priestly class between us and God. We can go directly to God with our prayers. With Jesus’ death on the cross the curtain between us and the Holy of Holies was torn apart. We now have direct access. Jesus is the only priest we need. Now God does not limit access to Him to a certain peoples of a class or tribe. God wishes that all come to him, no one is excluded unless they exclude themselves.

Sometimes we forget how radical Christianity was in the first century. Paul urges Timothy to pray for all people. This was a novel concept. People prayed to God and their gods for themselves, for family and maybe for their tribe or people but praying for strangers that was not done. Christians were from the start exhorted to pray for others. Pray for our leaders, pray for the unbeliever and pray for our enemy. We are to pray without ceasing.

We have been granted a great gift, direct access to God. No need for priests or any other intermediary. It is a shame to let this gift go to waste.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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