One God and One Mediator
1 Timothy 2:5
The apostle Paul urges the propriety and importance of praying for all men, in the several conditions and relations of life, from a consideration of God's merciful intentions toward all men, as exhibited in the sufficiency of the gospel provision for their salvation. But if any are saved, it must be through the medium which God has ordained, and in the manner which God has prescribed. Therefore the apostle adds: "For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus." "There is one God," to whom sinners have to be reconciled; "and one Mediator," through whom that reconciliation is to be effected. We have a nearly parallel passage in another epistle: "To us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him." The unity of God, and the mediation of Christ, are the two great topics of the text, to which we solicit your attention.
I. "For there is one God." Two infinite beings cannot co-exist, unless they are one in essence and in operation. The God of Israel pervades the universe of matter, and fills the immensity of space. There is no room for another God, possessing the same ubiquity. "There is one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all." In him alone, all things live, move, and have their being.
This doctrine is stamped on all the works of nature. They all exhibit unity of design, and must have been contrived by the same infinite wisdom, and executed by the same infinite power. The hand which created and arranged them is constantly seen in their preservation. The Maker of all things continues to uphold all things by the word of his power. The great Architect still presides over the immense fabric which he has reared. The universe, from age to age, is governed by the same unvarying laws. All things remain as they were from the beginning. The earth, the ...
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