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Jesus Is Our Mediator

Man is separated from God because of sins (Isa. 59:1, 2; Jas. 4:4). Because of sin, we all have an alienation problem. The only way to be reconciled back to God is through a mediator. The only Mediator between deity and  humanity is Christ.  The Bible says, "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the  man Christ Jesus" (1 Tim. 2:5).  A mediator must meet two qualifications:

* He must not be party to the offense. The offense in our case was sin.  Jesus meets this qualification because He was sinless (Heb. 4:15).
* He must have knowledge of both parties involved. In this case, God and man are the parties who are separated, so Christ must completely know both sides. Here the virgin birth of Christ comes into play. He understood God's point of view because He was in heaven as God from all eternity (Jn. 1: 1-4). But He, from that vantage point, did not understand what it was like to be a man. But when He became flesh through the virgin birth, He looked at the world through man's eyes. From Mary He inherited humanity; from the Holy Spirit He inherited Deity (Mt. 1: 23; Jn. 1: 14). He was both man and God at the same time. Charles Spurgeon noted, "Christ was not a deified man, neither was He a humanized God. He was perfectly God and at the same time perfectly man." In the field of genetics "Mendel's Law" says, "All that is in the parent is in the offspring and all that is in the offspring is in the parent." Thus Jesus was both human and divine. He has knowledge of both parties involved. He was able to reach down and take the sin cursed hand of man and reach up and take the holy hand of God and bring them together. As Paul put it, "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin: that we might be made the righteousness of God in him" (2 Cor. 5:21).

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Edsel Burleson
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