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Grace Provided a Mediator

In the beginning of creation Adam and Eve had intimate fellowship with their heavenly father. The scriptures tell us that God walked and talked with Adam in the cool of the day (Gen. 3:8). This picture of God casually walking and talking with Adam through the garden, resembles a close and intimate relationship.

However, in a moment of curiosity and temptation, Adam chose to obey the serpent and they ate from the forbidden tree. Adam sinned against God and broke relationship with God.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:24 that no man can serve two masters.

 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. (NKJV)

And the Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Rome, “Do you not know that if you continually surrender yourselves to anyone to do his will, you are the slaves of him whom you obey, whether that be to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience which leads to righteousness (right doing and right standing with God)?” (Rom. 6:16 NKJV).

Adam and Eve made a choice to fellowship with someone else and to serve someone else when they chose to listen to the voice of the serpent. They chose to make him to be their “god.” This is how Lucifer became the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:4). Adam had dominion in the earth up until this time, but because of His sinful act of rebellion Adam forfeited his dominion over all of creation to another being, making Lucifer the “god of this world.”

This single act of sin, created a division between God and man and the two now, were separated because of this curse of sin and death. All the while God loved and Adam and Eve and all mankind, but their fellowship was broken. God is a good God. He is a good and faithful father, and in spite of Adam’s transgression God had a plan in place to restore mankind, back into a right relationship with Him.

That plan was Jesus. Our heavenly father had a plan for Jesus to become a mediator in the broken relationship. To bridge the gap between God and man. God is always chasing you down, His love is always pursuing you and I. Even when we have wasted our life on sin, darkness and our own natural desires, He still loves us and is willing to accept us if we will turn to Jesus and give our life over to Him.

1 Timothy 2:5-6 (NKJV)
For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time

This word mediator can be translated to mean, “a person who attempts to make people involved in a conflict come to an agreement; a go-between.
“the government appointed a mediator to assist in finding a resolution to the dispute” (Oxford). Jesus became that person who resolved the conflict between God and man, so inspite of our mistakes and our sin we could go through Jesus, and be restored to a right relationship with the Father. This “right relationship” or “right standing” is righteousness. We be in right-standing, unbroken relationship and unbroken fellowship now, because of Jesus and His great sacrifice.

2 Corinthians 5:15 (NKJV)
and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.

1 Thessalonians 5:9-10 (NKJV)
For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him.

Jesus died spiritually and naturally for us so that we could be saved from the final outcome of Adam’s sin, which is eternal death – eternal separation from the Father. For the penalty of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). Jesus has made a way as a mediator for us to experience “eternal life” instead of “eternal death.” What is eternal life? or eternal death?

John 17:3 (NKJV)
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Eternal life according to Jesus is, to know the only true God and Jesus Christ. This word know means a lot more than just knowing about God intellectually, or knowing of Him. It is the same word used when Adam “knew” Eve and they conceived a child. The word know, is a word of oneness and unity. It is an intimate knowing, where you become one in your relationship with God. Jesus died and rose again so that He could bring us back into a right-relationship with God, knowing Him in an intimate relationship.

John 15:1-10 (NKJV)

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. 5 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples. 9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

This word abide cane be translated to mean, “stay, remain, fixed.” Your heavenly father desires for you to come into a closely knitted relationship with Him, which can only be achieved by going through our mediator – Jesus. When we abide in Him and He in us then we will live a life that is pleasing to the Father and bears the fruit that only God through Jesus can bear!

Take time to put your attention on Jesus today. Turn your heart toward Him, locate His love for you and remain in His love – Abide in His Love. He loves you and has good things in store for your life, but you will never begin to see or understand the details of your life until you find your seated position in Christ.

If you would like to give your life to Christ today you can by simply praying this prayer.

“Father I come to you today in the name of Jesus. You said in your word that if anyone calls on the name of the Lord he shall be saved. I want to have a closely knitted relationship with you, so today I turn from my past, I repent and I am calling on you today. I am inviting you today Jesus to be the Lord of my life. Show me your ways, show me how to live a life that is pleasing to you, in Jesus name, Amen.”

If you prayed this prayer today, please contact us and let us know we would love to talk to you and help you get connected with other believers who are pursuing this kind of relationship with God.

 

God-Bless you!

Pastor Jesse Knight

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