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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Homosexuality and the Mediator

εις γαρ θεός, εις κάι μεσίτης θεου κάι ανθρώπων, άνθρωπος Χριστός Ιησούς (1 Tim. 2:5).

"One for God, One and Mediator God and man, man Christ Jesus" (Word for word from Greek to English)  "For there is One God, and One Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (My translation).  "For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (ESV).

I am beginning a work on 1 Tim. 2:5-6 for some messages that I will be preaching in Mexico City and in Maine upon the subject of propitiation (the means of appeasing of the wrath of God).  In the beginning of my meditating upon this Scripture passage there are a few things that stand out as very obvious.  First, there is a definite hostility between two parties.  The two parties are God and man. Psalm 11:5 says that the LORD . . . "hates the wicked and the one who loves violence" and Romans 1:30 says that man is a "Hater of God".  The great problem between God and man is that God is Holy and man is sinful.  Holiness and sinfulness go together no better than oil and water, pro-life and abortion, freedom and slavery, or light and dark.  They are opposed to one another.  Second, the only way in which reconciliation can be obtained is through the work of the Mediator.  A mediator is "One that mediates between parties at variance" (Webster).  Third, the only way these two parties can be reconciled is if God is appeased.  The only way God can be appeased is by His justice being fully satisfied.  The only way to satisfy His justice is for Him to execute His full wrath upon the guilty party.  Thus, the Mediator in this scenario will need to place Himself υπέρ (in his stead, substitute, in place of) the guilty party.  Lastly, the One Mediator (vs. 5) will give His life as a sufficient ransom (vs. 6) and this Mediator is to proclaimed to the whole world.  The entire world needs to know that their hope is through Him alone, by faith alone, because He alone is the Savior.

Man has sinned (Rom. 5:12) and broken the law of God.  God is holy (Isa. 6:3) and will not excuse sin.    The only hope for reconciliation is for a sufficient Mediator to resolve the conflict.  Jesus Christ throws Himself between holiness and sinfulness and becomes the sponge for the water of God's wrath.  Jesus Christ soaks up the totality of God's wrath in the place of the guilty sinner.  The guilty party looks to Jesus Christ by faith for salvation.  If the guilty sinner does not trust in Jesus Christ alone for his pardon then he will have to absorb God's wrath himself for all of eternity in hell.  An eternity in hell will not be sufficient for man to pay his sin debt.  The only way the sin debt can be satisfied is for an absolutely perfect Mediator to substitute His life in place of the guilty party.  Jesus Christ has done this.  Repent and believe Him.

One last paragraph to touch on the title of this blog.  Homosexuality is a sin (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Deut. 23:17-18; Rom. 1:26-27; 1 Cor. 6:9; 1 Tim. 1:10).  God hates sin.  Man sins when he commits acts of homosexuality.  The only way to solve this dilemma is to find a Mediator.  The homosexual must look to Jesus Christ alone as his substitute for the remission of sin.  The only way for the homosexual to have peace with a holy God is submit his life to Jesus Christ by repenting of his sin and believing upon the meritorious work (a work that satisfied God) of Jesus.  It is utter blasphemy to think that Jesus absorbed the wrath of God in the place of sinners to enable them to continue living in their sin.  Jesus' mediatory work was done to set men free from sin, not to enable him to live in it.  Oh, that the homosexual, fornicator, drunkard, prideful, reprobate, and etc., would repent of sin and flee to the only One who can bring peace between them and God.  

1 comment:

  1. Amen! Very well written and anointed! If it's ok with you, I would like to print this out in a form of a gospel track and pass this out in our community of Lompoc, CA.