1 Timothy 2:5
Memorise 1 Timothy 2:5
“…one mediator …the man Christ Jesus.”

1 Timothy 2:5 clearly tells us that Jesus is the one and only Mediator between God and men. Just as there is only one true God, there is also only one true mediator, and that is found in Christ Jesus. A mediator is someone who comes between two feuding parties and seeks a peaceful resolution. Fallen man is at enmity with God, for in his sin, he deserves only judgment from the perfect and Holy God. Thus the only way whereby man can be reconciled to God, is through His perfect son, the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is certainly a sobering thought that of all the many religions in the world, there is only one which is true and which can save the sinner’s soul and that is Christianity. During His earthly ministry, Jesus taught his disciples that He alone is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6), and that there is no other way to the Father but by Him. Thus we clearly see that there is no salvation apart from faith in Him. Yet this should not surprise us. After all, the Bible explains that the way to destruction is broad with many going down this path compared to the narrow way to salvation that few would choose (Matthew 7:13).

If most, perhaps even all, of the other false religions teach their followers to do “good”, why then can they not bring salvation? The problem with “doing good” is that it will never be good enough for heaven because a perfectly holy God demands perfect holiness. Only Christianity points towards Jesus, who lived a perfectly sinless and holy life on our behalf because we are powerless to do so. He alone lived for us, died for us and rose again for our justification. He is therefore the one and only Mediator between God and men.

Dear teen, we cannot earn our way to heaven through doing good deeds. While there is nothing wrong with doing good (and we ought to do as much good as God enables us to), this alone cannot save us. Good works should be a result of believing in Jesus and not the other way round. After we are truly saved, our desire to perform good works for Jesus’ sake is evidence of our salvation.

Thought: If salvation can be earned, then how much good works is enough?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, teach us not to trust in our own effort for salvation but rather in Jesus who is our sufficiency.