1 Timothy 2:5 Index
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;"
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" . . . there is one God . . . "

" . . . one mediator . . . "

  • Only through Jesus can the sinner be reconciled to God (John 14:4; John 14:5; Romans 5:1; Romans 5:2). God does not need to be reconciled to man, for it was His "will" (1 Timothy 2:4) that initiated the plan of salvation. In addition, He provided the means of salvation through Christ's life and death (Romans 5:10). Paul here clearly rules out the need of human mediators and the supposed value that some have attached to such attempted mediation. (7BC 294)

" . . . the man Christ Jesus . . . "

  • Christ's nature as a "man" is emphasized. Jesus did not represent any particular level of society or nationality, but rather all mankind, both male and female. Paul here condemns the Docetic theory which emerged in apostolic times and taught that Christ never had a human body, but only appeared to have one. John refers to this heresy as "antichrist" (1 John 4:3). (7BC 294)