One God, one mediator

ash-meadows-oasis1Timothy 2:5: For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Jesus is called the Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6). He is the peacemaker, mediator, reconciler, between Man and God because God got angry because of the sin of Man and His favour was turned away from humanity.

There is one God, and any other claimant is an imposter. All other  seeming gods are means for Satan to get some worship for himself (1Corinthians 10:20), under a thousand guises,  names and manifestations, cultural presentations, religious structures, ancestral worship, deification of nature, backed by endless myths all feeding on the fear of the people. Everything is a manifestation of the fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15), and the devil is the one who has the power of death, by which people are subject to him.

This dates to the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3). When Adam and Eve agreed to Satan’s suggestion, either willingly or deceptively, they came under the power of death based on the judgment of God; death being the only possibility that presents itself in the absence of life, as darkness is the only possibility in the absence of light.

And the devil, who moved the duo of Adam and Eve from standing in the will of God, is the mind behind the operation of death on the earth. The bible calls death the last enemy that will be done away with, destroyed (1Corithians 15:20-28, 51-58).

Death can operate without the devil but in the hand of the devil death is more deadly. It is like a sword, it is dangerous on its own, but in the hand of a skillful man it is the more deadly, can cause more damage.

In the millennial reign of Jesus, bible evidence shows that only Satan will be locked up in the bottomless pit (Revelation 20). But doing away with death will come later on. The bible says that death and hell will be cast into the lake of fire, after the devil is thrown their (at the very end).

That is the context the portions of the scriptures which says that a time will come when a man who dies at 100 would be said to have died young, animals will stop being carnivorous, makes would makes any sense as a prophetic declaration (Isaiah 65:19-25). That is not total perfection, because there is still death. That is the millennial reign.

When the devil is locked up (that will happen at the start of the millennial reign of Jesus), though there will be death, there will no satanic technology making use of the law of death, making death more deadly, therefore the operation of death will be severely limited at that time.

Note that after the millennial reign, the devil will be released from the bottomless pit for his final push against Christ’s rulership. He will again deceive the nations and judgment from God will destroy him. And a new heaven and a new earth will be formed (Revelation 21:1-4).

From the words of Paul in the book of Romans, the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (as the mediator) has set us free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2). From that, we see that death is a principle, a law (like the law of gravity) animated by the person of Satan on this earth.

Death is the embodiment of a principle (being the absence of life), which was released when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, and that totally changed the relationship between God and man. The best God could do was give a nation (Israel) laws through Moses, instituting a series of observances/laws for them. But everything was pointing to the ultimate mediator- Jesus.

It was Jesus who said that the content of the Old Testament all point to him (John 5:39-40), and that by coming to him we will have life as opposed to the death which was our portion based on our coming from Adam and Eve. Life is a principle animated by the person of Christ; death is a principle animated by the presence of the devil.

The sin of Adam was the big issue that needed to be resolved. Death feeds on sin while the devil rules as the brain behind death. The book of Romans said it this way: through one man, sin entered the world and death through sin (Romans 5:12-21), therefore all sinned in Adam, but life came through Jesus (and we need to have faith in him). There was the dominion of sin and death through Adam while we reigning in life through Jesus.

A mediator brings two estranged parties together, to restore their relationship. There was a way things were between man and God before the sin in the Garden of Eden, and there will be no need for mediation if there was no fallout in that relationship.

As mediator, Jesus makes a bridge between heaven/God and earth/man with the cross/himself. When his blood was shed, he paid the full prize for the sin of man.

He helps us to deal with the anger of God by the offering of himself as sacrifice for sin and helps God deal with our ignorance of Him, by revealing Him to us, and the Holy Spirit continues that job by revealing Jesus to us. Paul wrote that as many as are led by the Holy Spirit, they are the children of God (Romans 8:14).

A mediator also serves as a channel of communication between two estranged parties. It is through the name of Jesus that we approach God, communicate with him in prayer (John 14:13). We can never get tired or bored with saying “in Jesus’ name” when we pray; except we have deceived ourselves that there is another mediator that can work for us.

The name of any departed Christian called saint by the Catholic Church or any other church for that matter will not do. That will be mere deception and an attempt to downgrade Jesus Christ. He is Lord of all (Acts 10:36), and He is all we need. There is only one God and one mediator.

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