Chapter Two, Lesson Two
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Read Passage (V.5-7)
V. 5 ** The apostle Paul knew that the church in Ephesus was under
attack by demonic doctrine and by the false teachers who would propagate
Satans lie. Having just urged us to pray for the souls of all men,
Paul now states one of the most fundamental teachings of Scripture; which
itself attacks the core of all false religion. What emphatic statement does Paul make?
For there is one God... The common teaching of man made
religion in Pauls day, and in our day as well, is that there are
many gods from which we can choose as objects of our worship. cf. 1Chronicles
16:26, Psalm 86:6-10, Isaiah 37:20, Acts 17:22-23
** Why do all men, for which we are offering Acceptable
Prayer to God, need to know that there is only one God?
Because men think that they can solve their eternal problems on their
own, even if it means that they make up their idols or develop a false
religious system to justify themselves.
cf. Proverbs 14:12
** Besides our needing one true God for salvation, what else does Paul
say we need?
...and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ
** What does a mediator do?
mesites (mediator) refers to one who intervenes between two
individuals to restore peace, or ratify a covenant.
** Who is the only man fully qualified to mediate between man and God?
The God-man Christ Jesus. As the perfect man and God incarnate,
He alone can bring God and man together. No other person in the history
of mankind could do what Christ does, His is the only name by which
we can be saved. cf. Hebrews 8:6, 9:15 and Acts 4:12
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