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For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men ~ the testimony given in its proper time. And for this purpose I was appointed a herald and an apostle ~ I am telling the truth, I am not lying ~ and a teacher of the true faith to the Gentiles.

If you go back and read the previous verse, it says God “wants all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.” Then verse 5 goes on to say, “Because there is only one God ~ He is the only one ~ and only one way to reach Him, which is through Jesus.” Jesus, who, of course, died for everybody, willingly. He is the connection between God and man because, well, he’s the God-man. Fully God and fully man, he is the perfect and obvious mediator between the two. He is the ransom money that God paid to bail us out of sin.

Notice that Paul uses the word “Christ,” a Greek word, when speaking to Timothy, whose father was a Greek. The word “Christ” means “the Anointed One.”

In verse 6, Paul reminds us that everything happens at a specific time, and God plans where, when, and by whom He wants Jesus’ story to be shared. “And for this purpose,” Paul says, “I was chosen to be a bearer, a guardian, and a devoted follower.” His specific purpose, he said, was to spread the gospel ~ that was WHY he was chosen.

And then look at this ~ Paul takes the time and effort to clarify that he was telling the truth. Why would he do that? Why would anyone be sure to say they’re not lying unless they had been accused of lying before? Did some people think Paul had made up his amazing testimony?

Then Paul says he was also chosen to be a teacher ~ a mentor or a sharer of the only real faith, and the right one, specifically FOR the Gentiles. The Jews thought the Messiah was only for them. They shunned the Gentiles (who I think was basically everybody who wasn’t a Jew) because they weren’t “God’s special people.” But Paul says, “No, look. How many times do I have to tell you? The gospel is for ALL people. Jesus died for EVERYBODY. That includes the Gentiles. But because He knew you wouldn’t accept it, He chose me to bring the gospel to them specifically.”

Isn’t that a noble calling?

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