There Is One God!

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
(1st Timothy 2:5)

Paul’s words to Timothy go out to all the world as an essential part of the Gospel. They are a declaration made to the “politically correct” and “all-inclusive” generation of which we are apart. It comes to modern man who demands open-mindedness, tolerance, religious diversity and all the other such notions that characterize the hour in which we live. They come without apology to men and women who are generally “Polly parrots,” parroting all the ideas, phrases and philosophies of their contemporaries. They come without compromise, with demands and well as declaration and with a just spirit of intolerance from God who allows no rival. They come from God who announces, “I am God and there is none beside me.” There is ONE GOD! Singular! Likewise it must follow, that being one God, He must be described the same way and that description must be furnished by He Himself! This is the purpose of His giving His Word, it is to declare and reveal Him. If this be the case, then why are there so many different descriptions which necessarily require that there be many different gods? Here is the answer: Men are not getting their descriptions of God from God! They may take the Bible and pick and choose a verse here and a verse there in order to set before men a god of their own design. He turns out to be a god of all love and no justice, a god of all grace and no judgment and a god of all mercy and no wrath. But the living God declares Himself to be “a just God and a Saviour.” Not a just God and not a Saviour and neither a Saviour and not just. He must be and act consistently with all His attributes and in doing so He must be the ONE God that He is! He will not become a God to each one differently in order to please them or be what they want. He is one God and He is the “one with whom we have to do!” As one God, He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is the same in every age and must be worshipped as the unchanging One. Being this “one God,” Paul ads, “and there is ONE MEDIATOR between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” One way to God, one way to please God, one way to know God, one way to come before God, one Advocate, Mediator, Savior, Representative, and one salvation! “There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” All this being true, I want to make sure I know this ONE God! If He has seen need to declare this fact, there must be many counterfeits, many impostors. I want to “know HIM” whom to know is life eternal. I count all but loss that I may know Him. I want to know the one true and living God who says of Himself, “I the LORD am a jealous God.” Jealous with a holy jealousy which can tolerate no other as the object of His creature’s worship and as the Author of His people’s salvation!

G. Shepard

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