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Pastor: Bro. Bobby Clark
Faith Baptist Church
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Crossville, TN. 38557
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Approaching A Holy God
As the aged Apostle writes his letter to his young preacher boy let us not forget he is also writing to us, the church of God. In chapter two of his first letter he exhorts us that supplications, prayers, intercessions and the giving of thanks be made for all people. Now all four of these phrases are associated with our prayer life. The word, supplication, refers to those things that are particularly close to our heart, those pressing matters. Prayers suggests any act of approaching God as we come near to Him. The word, intercession, tells us we are supposed to pray on behalf of and for others, bearing one another’s burdens. Because He ever lives to make intercession for us we too should be making intercession for others. The phrase, giving thanks, reminds us that we are to be grateful to a kind and loving God for all He does for us and also for all that He is. These prayers are to be made for all men or all people; for kings or rulers, and all in authority in order that we might lead a quiet and peaceable life in godliness and honesty. Why are we to pray for all of these people? Verses 3-4 tell us “For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men come to Him”. It’s not the will of God that any should perish but that all come to repentance and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. How is a person supposed to come to salvation? How is a sinful man supposed to approach a holy God? Verse 5 gives us our answer to those questions and that is what I want to focus on this week in the message; approaching a holy God. While this has a primary application to our prayer life it can also be used for a sinner to approach God for salvation.
The first thing we are called on to notice is His majesty. Paul says, for there is one God. The word majesty means greatness in appearance; the quality which inspires awe in an individual. This refers to our God, the only God. First Chronicles 29:11 states “Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in Heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and Thou art exalted as head above all”. Jesus prayed in His model prayer “For Thine is the kingdom, and power and glory forever, Amen”. He is majestic in all He is and does. Psalms 93:1 tell us “The Lord reigneth, He is clothed with majesty”. And in 29:4 the Psalmist tells us “The voice of the Lord is powerful: the voice of the Lord is full of majesty”. These verses tell us two things in particular; the existence of God and the essence of God. First the existence of God. No matter what the world may try to tell us God does exist. They tried to kill Him off back in 1960’s but many of those that said He is dead are actually dead themselves while He lives and reigns. Ps 14:1 and 53:1 states “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God”. He truly does exist and you dear friend will stand before Him one day in judgment. Then notice the essence of God. This verse doesn’t say “a God” but one God. There is no room for Mohamed, Confucius, Buddha, Oprah or any other god of this world. Isaiah 45 tells us “I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no god beside me”.
Then notice, if you will, the Mediator. “There is one Mediator between God and man”. A mediator is one who interposes between two parties or persons for the purpose of reconciliation. Noah Webster’s 1828 dictionary says this; By way of His eminence, Christ is the Mediator, the Divine Intercessor through whom sinners may be reconciled to an offended God. He can be Mediator because of His two natures; one Divine the other human. He is also Mediator due to His office as transacting matters between God and man”. We see two things about the mediation in our text. The first thing we see is the need of a mediator. As I said a mediator is needed when two parties are at odds with one another. In this case man has offended a holy, loving and perfect God. God did nothing to offend man but it was man that offended God. Man in his natural state will not seek after God; will not talk to God; will not walk with God and will not obey God. This conduct invites the judgment of God upon him but we have a Mediator in Jesus Christ. Then look at the number of mediators; there is one and only one. Paul emphasizes one God and one Mediator. There isn’t a mediator named Mary. There isn’t one named after some other “saint”. There isn’t one called pope, preacher or pastor but He is called Jesus.
Lastly we will see the Man Christ Jesus. The Mediator for all mankind is Christ Jesus, the anointed One, and the Messiah. He alone is the Mediator and Savior for fallen man. Jesus said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me”. That rules out all others. He is the God Man being called the Son of man to relate to His humanity and called the Son of God to associate His Deity. He is the Mediator, the bridge which crosses a wide and deep abyss which separates man from a holy God and it was God that sent Him into the world in order to bring man to Him. How did Jesus become Mediator? Second Corinthians 5 tells us “And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation”. He can hold the office of Mediator due to the fact He hung on the cross and took God with one hand and fallen man with the other and brought them together with Himself as He hung there and died.
Religions all over the world try to tell you how to get to their god. I tell you this week how God became man to bring man to God. Won’t you accept Him today as your Savior?