‘One Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.’
St. Paul here describes not a creed but an experience. These words are not the utterance of an apostolic dogma, but the utterance of the Apostle’s feeling. He is not insisting on something to be held as belief, but he is telling us something he has found the Man Christ Jesus to be, his consciousness of Him.
No one ever mediated between God and man as Christ did.
I. He is remarkable, for the heavenly and the earthly meet in Him with no difficulty—they mingle in Him. How wonderfully entire He is! There is no defect in His character, no neglect of the minor things of life—no imperfection in the human side because of His Divine side. There is no onesidedness in Christ Jesus, like as we find in most reformers. He was a Man intensely spiritual, yet full of everything human. This meeting and blending is unique.
II. Christ is unique in what He mediates.
(a) In what He brings down and presents to us. His vision of God the Father, which He gave to us, is unique. Who ever made men think about God as He did?
(b) A mediator to God of our humanity. In Him we are brought near to the Father.
III. Christ is the One and only Mediator.—‘If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and He is the Propitiation for our sins.’ When thus we think of ‘the Man Christ Jesus,’ and hear the exhortation, ‘Lift up your hearts,’ the voice of humble love and faith replies, ‘We lift them up unto the Lord.’