“For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony given at the proper time” (1 Timothy 2:5-6).

Paul is instructing Timothy to recover in the Ephesian church an understanding of the gospel that is universal in its appeal, and to reject any narrow, exclusive expression of the faith that seeks to restore a Torah-based approach to life. Both ancient and modern Judaizers embrace a heretical theology that minimizes the ultimate sacrifice made by the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world and, in addition, attempts to impose upon the gullible, vulnerable, and misinformed, teachings of an old covenant that have been fulfilled already in the person of Christ Jesus. Among those who drift towards novel, narrow, and exclusive theological positions, I have never seen an accompanying renewed vigor for the missional task of the church. Quite the contrary, I have observed that these “heightened” revelations become but a veil for disobedience, detachment, and disengagement from the mission to which we are to be engaged.

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