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David Bunting

One Mediator

A mediator is a person who intervenes between persons by communicating information in order to bring about a beneficial result.  He is important when attempting to settle differences and achieve conciliation between opposing sides. He helps to secure an agreement which otherwise would not be achieved without his help.

Who can stand at a sinner’s side to help him with his heavy weight of sin?  Man is not God’s equal (cf. Isaiah 55:8, 9). He is unworthy to march into God’s courtroom and demand answers and solutions to his own problems.  Who can stand between heaven and earth to represent man in the divine court?  Jesus.  God sent His Son to be our Savior and our Mediator.  Paul reminded Timothy, “There is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (I Timothy 2:5).

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God Predestined Salvation

The apostle Peter was sent to preach the gospel at the Gentile home of Cornelius because God does not show partiality (Acts 10:34).  The law of Moses taught the same principle concerning God.  He administers justice impartially (cf. Deuteronomy 10:17, 18).

Yet, the apostle Paul wrote that God predestined Christians “to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself” (Ephesians 1:5).  Predestinate means to mark out before-hand.  The apostles learned that the crucifixion of the Lord Jesus was no accident.  God had predestined that His Son would become the world’s propitiation for sin.  Jesus explained that He had suffered, died and been raised to fulfill what was written concerning Himself (cf. Luke 24:44-47).  Thus, the apostles declared,  “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.” (Acts 4:27, 28).

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God Requires Repentance

God has no fellowship with darkness (cf. I John 1:5).  He does not condone sin, nor approves of those who participate in it.  “The wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience …” (Colossians 3:6).  That day of wrath will be revealed at the righteous judgment of God, “who will render each one according to his deeds” (Romans 2:5, 6).  Divine indignation will be poured out upon those who are self-seeking and unrighteous and do not obey the truth (cf. 2:8). 

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