“…There is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6 New Living Translation
There are not many ways to God, only one. The study notes from The Life Application Study Bible for these two verses gives the following illustration: “We can stand on one side of a gorge and discuss the possibility of many bridges across the abyss, but if we are determined to cross, we will have to commit to one bridge.” If there were many ways to God why would Christ have had to die? Christ was the go between; the only one who could make peace between God and man. We walked away from God and in some cases don’t know the first thing about him. In spite of that he loves us all with a never-ending, completely unconditional love.
Jesus Christ gave his life up for a very specific reason. He laid his life down in our place to pay the price owed for our sin. That is the freedom that he purchased. Old Testament sacrifices only covered sin; Christ’s blood washed it away.
This is the message that God gave us to share with this sin sick, dying world. As Christ’s ambassadors we are to represent him with our lives, displaying his attributes to those we encounter each day. The Holy Spirit enables us and God blesses our efforts. What a wonderful God we serve. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.