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Imagine this: A father is on one side of the room, a son on the other. But the son won't talk to the father. If you are a parent or know of any (that's just about anyone) then you can picture the scene. The son has said, "I hate you and I'm not speaking to you."
The "negotiations" Jesus Christ made as our mediator are deeper than that. Not only were we not on talking terms with God (Eph 2:1) but we were DEAD.
Dead in tresspasses and sins. Dead to righteousness. Dead. (Eph. 1:2)
Jesus had to mediate through spiritual death itself in order to bring us to God, in order to "mediate" so that there was no chasm keeping us from God.
He did this by dying in our place. He himself bore our burdens on Calvary. He had to bring us life.
WE hated God, and the things of God. (Rom 3:1, 5:10) We ran the course of this world, wherein is emnity toward God. Jesus had to reveal to us the loving nature of God that we would desire to draw near unto His goodness. And through Christ we were reconciled through the death-payment.
Furthermore we knew nothing OF God. (Jesus had to bridge this gap in our understanding in order to bring us to the point we might hear and belive. "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Jesus overcame all these obstacles with his own blood. He also overcame a great obstacle to our salvation: The Law.
It was the Law which had been mediated by Moses at the hand of angels. (Gal 3:19)
It in turn was to serve as mediator to God for the Levites and Israel, who were in turn supposed to serve as a nation of priests, mediators to the nations. That was the arrangement.
Israel rejected the arrangement by rejecting the Administrator of that arrangement, Jesus Christ.
As Christians we are not to hate Israel simply because one generation of Jews rejected Christ and let their leaders murder him. Today's generation of Jews had nothing to do with that horror, first of all, and second, Israel is still heir to that arrangement which will one day be concluded, and the Church of Israel is still Bride to the Church of God, (i.e. Christians, I Cor 10:31) as Jesus repeatedly told the Jews while his ministery was here on earth.
In other words, Israel is Bride to the Christ, and we as Christians are referred to as Christ's Body: the Groom.
We are, with the Jews, part of one union. A union forged in Christ.
With one Mediator, wherein the veil "separating" Jews from Gentiles in the holiest of holies was rent, torn, no mas.
We are not separated from God by death, by sin, by birth, or by necessity. If a man or woman is separated, it is by choice or ignorance.
Not God's choice, He would tat all were saved.
And ignorance is not God's design, either.
No man hath seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
Over and Again it is said no man hath seen God. Even Moses and Elijah saw only visions.
Not in flesh, for God is spirit, not flesh.
Not in Spirit, for spirit is neither felt nor seen.
Not in identity, for an image is a reflection, never the original.
But in matters of heart and reason, Christ was an imitator of the Father, and tracked his own will to God's.
"Not my will but thine be done."
"My meat is to do the will of He who sent me."
"I and my Father are one."
Yes, one. Not as in "the same person," because then that section of John that reveals this says we also are to be one with them, and we are not God.
One in purpose, heart, desire, commitment. Of one mind.
To be the mediator between God and man, the man Jesus Christ subjected his will, he did it by his choice and discipline, to the purpose of his Father. He donned his Father's mental attitude, his Father's reasoning, and his Father's love.
Jesus Christ saw his Father revealed in the Holy Scriptures, recognized what, and whom, he saw, and declared it to us.
When John and Paul talk about "by revelation of Jesus Christ," they are saying Christ is still declaring his Father unto us.
And drawing us to God,
The arrangement is completed. We now have access to God, Father of Jesus Christ, through he who brokered the greatest arrangement of all, the adoption through new birth in holy spirit unto God's family.
This is what the man Jesus Christ, the son of God, has done for us.
As we confess Jesus as Lord, believing God raised him from the dead, we sign our John Hancock to the contract, and stand now as sons, beloved children, no more enemies and foriegners but fellowcitizens with te saints.
We are sons, reconciled, brought in, joint heirs, blessed with all spiritual blessings, one in Christ.
And we have at our right hand all the things God has promised us, the meeting of all needs, full preparation for the ministry, fellowship with God and with Christ.
Beloved, there is more. For it does not appear even now what we shall be, when at the last trump and in the twinkling of an eye we who remain are changed and caught up with those raised from death, also incorruptible. We shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. We shall be saved, even as by fire, and shall ever be with our Lord.
That is the legacy God gave us through our mediator Jesus Christ, who does and ever shall deserve our reverence and our obedience. Amen.
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