The One Mediator

1 Timothy 2:5   (KJV)   5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Jesus became man; that’s the Word becoming flesh. But He isn’t just a mere man. It’s worth noting: He took upon Himself the form of a servant in the likeness of man; humanity was something He took upon Himself. What was He before? He was in the very 1-timothy-2-5-the-one-mediatorform—or nature—God. That’s why He’s the perfect mediator between God and man—He’s a part of both worlds—both nature: GodMan. He is the fulfillment of the “kinsman-redeemer.” Hallelujah; He truly is one of our very own—our brother.

In Him resides the hope of sinful humanity’s reconciliation to our holy God. Everyone has hope to be saved though not everyone will be saved. With love, with faith, we pray for everyone nonetheless—whoever they are. Yes, I pray, even for leaders I almost don’t feel like praying for; it’s a natural tendency for the righteous not to like treasonous tyrants who attack God’s people and destroy the country they’re supposed to uphold. It’s natural for me not to like bullies, but I have to pray for them—lovingly, simply because God loves them, and He commands us to love even enemies. But I pray that God will bless them with a changed heart—a heart that pursues what’s good, what’s right, and what’s godly.

Our dear Lord Jesus paid dearly as a mediator. For us to be brought back, reconnected with the Father, He had to pay with His life. We were in chains, shackled by sin and death, but because of the precious sacrifice of our Mediator, we’re free. As those who now live in God, we spread that Good News, while living out what we preach. There will be sacrifices, but nothing compared to what He has offered. We may not live in luxury, but even that is a blessing. We don’t have to incessantly try to climb up the ladder of the world’s ever-changing yet empty expectations—chasings after the wind. We live simply, modestly, yet full of satisfaction. That’s what we have after we find ourselves mediated back to fellowship with the King.

Christmas – He Came to Save

Luke 19:10   (KJV)   10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

It’s God’s earnest and loving desire that you and I—everyone—be rescued from the fires of judgment, from life and eternity without Christ. That’s the reason why Jesus willingly came. He was born to die for us—to give His life as a ransom for many. Not all are saved, luke-19-10-christmas-he-came-to-savebut all are salvable, and there are those who are and will be saved. We were once lost, but now we’re found, we were once blind, but now we see; we were once dead, but now we’re alive.

God’s eyes are still looking to and fro; Jesus, through His Holy Spirit is still knocking on the door of our hearts; the door for salvation is still open. Anyone, from the most moral sinner to the most hardened criminal, can be saved. All over the world, people just like us are looking for Jesus. For some, the process isn’t as easy and comfortable as we have it here in our free country. But against all odds, they find ways. With tears in their eyes and with indescribable gratefulness, they joyfully cling to the Savior, and bow in absolute surrender before the Lord.

The Lord never disappoints His own. He always sees us eye to eye; He always meets us at the point of our need, always, with a loving invitation to rest in Him. Others don’t understand this beautiful divine dynamics; they can’t understand how sinners such as I can be saved and accepted by a perfectly holy God. They can’t believe the genuineness of good drastic changes that transpire. But the Lord doesn’t have any problem with it. He knows His purpose is just getting accomplished. The salvation for which He came is happening, proven by genuine repentance of those who experience it.

 

Fire for the Lukewarm

Revelation 3:20   (KJV)   20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

It’s always gratifyingly comforting to know that our precious Lord Jesus wants to be constantly with us. He gave us His word: He will never leave or forsake us: He will be with us to the end of the age. People don’t always have the same level of appreciation for this. revelation-3-20-fire-for-the-lukewarmThere are those who don’t believe His existence; there are those who prefer Him not to exist; there are those who pursue morality, but they reject Christ.

Then there’s the church. In the church, we find those who still make wrong decisions and who pursue wrong priorities. Our best will still fall short. God will always be true and faithful; the church wants to be but isn’t always. There are those who lose their steam, their fire, their passion. Somehow, they get taken over by different interests, like material possessions, or even immoral desires.

Ungodliness belongs to the world, not the church. We fall; God knows and understands we will; He knows our frame; He knows our weaknesses. But He’s not pleased when we sit (stay) in the seat of the scornful. He’s particularly clear about this: He spews out the lukewarm. We don’t ever want to find ourselves in this dangerous state; we don’t want to face the Lord and realize that we’re wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. Our eyes our set on true riches: the Pearl of Great Price. And our feet are set on the straight and narrow.

For those who humbly find themselves in this fearfully risky stage of lingering in wrong priority and desire, linger no more; there’s hope. Jesus, in His amazingly enduring patience and love, is knocking. It’s best to open the door, let Him come in, and let Him take His rightful place seated on your life’s throne. He will kindle the fire of your godly passion once again.

Those who Receive Him

John 1:12   (KJV)   12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Our precious Lord Jesus, the Word Who existed before the beginning, Who was with God, Who was God, through Whom everything was created, willingly came to His own creation, and sadly, was cruelly rejected. Not everyone did; not everyone does; we receive Him for john-1-12-those-who-receive-himWho He really is: the Lord, and the Savior. We are spiritually birthed and have become His children. He lives in us through His Holy Spirit; we blessedly experience Him, His unfailing love, His faithfulness, His glory, His truth.

It’s worth noting—repeatedly, if that’s what it takes, that there are at least two kinds of “childhood” to God. One is by virtue of creation. Through this, all of us, saved and lost are His children. The other is by virtue of spiritual birth. This is the kind of “childhood” that applies to the salvation experience or the saved. Spiritual birth is indispensable and no one ought to leave this life without it.

When we receive our Lord and Savior Jesus, He gives much more to us than we to Him. He gives us life; He give us light. He is far greater than us, but He’s always available to us. He continues to reveal Himself and continues to pour out His love. He invites us to Him; He changes us from within; He calls us to partner with Him in His Kingdom ventures. He raises us to such high worth and value. But despite the status we find ourselves in, He’s so great that we get awed even with the very limited truth we know about Him. Can we really imagine how we will react when we meet our heavenly Dad face to face? How does one react to someone so full of power, and yet so full of love?

He holds nothing back in loving us; we too pour out our affection and ourselves in loving Him. Motivated by His love, we as His privileged children live in such a way that we aren’t doubted as His; we shine His light, we declare His truth, we display His presence; we show His power.

One Thing

Luke 10:42   (KJV)   42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

In the final analysis, there’s only One that really matters: Jesus. Although there are those who get bogged down with a lot of small details, what’s important is our Lord: things in and about Him. It’s a joy to know that we make the right choice, and the Lord values our luke-10-42-one-thingchoice of Him; He protects that; He vindicates us as we stand for Him: for what is good, right, and godly; when we choose Him over anything and anyone; when we choose the eternal over the temporal.

We believe in the existence and reality of God; we believe in the reality of the invisible spiritual dimension. Others only believe what connects with their senses: what they can see, hear, smell, touch and taste. Our prayer is that they’ll have a saving belief of and experience with the Lord so that they could share in the wonders of life eternal and the unlimited realm. The supernatural exists; our Lord Jesus: His coming, His teaching, His resurrection, His ascension proves that.

We make the main thing the main thing. We know who we are; we know our purpose; we know our destiny. We are God’s children; we keep pursuing a growing and more intimate relationship with the Father. There’s a great harvest; we are lambs sent among wolves, but we go loving on the wolves nonetheless. We don’t fear because God has given us power, love and wisdom; we know how to navigate through the rough “seas” of this earth. We press on towards the mark of the high “heavenward” calling of God in Christ Jesus. It’s really that simple. So we seek Him and His righteousness, and all the small details of life that often distract others from what really matters in this life and eternity are taken care of personally by our precious Lord Jesus.

Knowing God’s Gift

John 4:10   (KJV)   10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

The more we know Who Jesus really is, the more we receive of His blessings. That’s why ours is a continuous journey of drawing closer to our Lord. Whatever our level of spiritual maturity is, we still very much want to increase in our knowledge of our Lord and the john-4-10-knowing-gods-giftpower of His resurrection. Others miss out on so much simply because they don’t know what they’re missing. Others don’t have a desire to seek or know Him; others have a desire but not the action; others stagnate and get stuck.

But oh, the wonders of getting a greater view of the wonders of our Jesus—no words can describe the glory and the experience. That’s why it’s a joy and high priority for us to spend more time in His presence; it’s there, immersed in His Word and the precious Holy Spirit that we get to cultivate a greater knowledge and intimacy with Him Who loves us most—Him Who we love most.

It’s easy to be tossed to and fro by the natural flow of our daily tasks. Through it all, we know our Jesus is always present, in gentle and careful whisper, recalibrating our focus to those that really matter. He ushers us into the wonderful and amazing world of the permanent and eternal. There we expand from the limited to unlimited resources. There we go in and out and find immeasurably priceless treasure.

We praise Him for calling us to be partakers for this incomparable task of being His children and co-workers. In His spectacularly gracious design, we always get more than we put it. We work faithfully, no matter how little, and we harvest way much more. That’s our God. Who can equal to such life, journey, and pursuit? Lord, we really want to know You more.

Continuing Guidance

Matthew 2:9   (KJV)   When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

The star led the wise men until it stood precisely where Jesus was. The wise men who searched for Jesus finally met God’s beloved Son. There, they finally got to do what they longingly purposed to do: they bowed in worship and gave their gifts to the King. God’s matthew-2-9-continuing-guidanceextra-ordinary guidance however continued. He, through a dream, warned them not to return to Herod and they were saved from Herod’s pernicious shenanigan.

That’s our God. He never leads us just to leave us. He’s with us from start to finish. In that assurance, our peace is anchored. All of us need guidance, and knowing that God Himself—He Who sees everything—is the One directing our steps, nothing really beats the quiet comfort, courage, and confidence it brings. We’re hope-filled pilgrims in an exciting journey; we’re also fully armed soldiers advancing against the gates of hell; we need all the guidance we can get.

And guide, God does—guaranteed. The star the wise men saw most probably approximately two years earlier was there until they were vis-à-vis with our Lord. Through the Christmas narrative, we see His ongoing and perfectly timed guidance. He sent His angel to speak directly to Mary; He had an angel speak to Joseph through dreams; He Himself directed the wise men through a dream; and yes there was the star.

There are many ways we receive His loving and clear direction. We still have the star brightly shining in different expressions: His Word, His Holy Spirit, our sanctified conscience, His messengers, the counsel of the living saints, inner witness, circumstances, open and closed doors, etc. He has brought us this far; He won’t forsake us; He never will. We continue to acknowledge Him in all our ways, and He never fails highlighting our path and directing our steps.