September 20

1 Timothy 2:5-7

“For there is one God; there is also one mediator between God and humankind, Christ Jesus, himself human…” vs. 5

As time passed the early Christians continued to reflect on the person of Jesus and his connection to God. By the time this letter was written probably in the late first century, (and most likely not by Paul), there was some agreement that there was but one God, but that the man Jesus, who was called the Christ, served as a mediator between God and humanity. Since then there has been considerable debate about the relationship of the human and the divine in Jesus, and arguments have at times been tendentious to the extreme. In reality there has been little gained from our constant wrangling. And having a proper understanding of Christology does not make one a follower of Jesus! It is enough to know that we encounter the enfleshed Christ in Jesus–he is the incarnation of God’s steadfast love and mercy. By focusing on the words and deeds of Jesus we learn as much about God as we need to know–and we learn how to live as God’s children in this world. And as we imitate the Christ revealed in Jesus, we actually become the presence of the Christ for our time and place. Those early Christians didn’t get everything right, e.g. they were dead wrong about the place of women in the Church, but they were right about Jesus. Jesus Christ is the core of the gospel message!

Thought for the Day: How much effort do I devote to following Jesus?

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