The impotent Man by the pool of Bethesda in John chapter 5 expresses the dilemma and quite frankly the guilt of all who see their own sin. Humanity is impotent of anything that God requires, we are truly blind beggars, crippled, diseased, everything that describes the current condition of humanity. That is the description of every single one of us. And that dilemma can be expressed as, I have no man, as Job says (Job 9:32-33) “I have no man that I can appeal to and take my case before God”. I have no man to bring me to the pool of salvation.
For you see God is perfectly righteous, completely whole, without disease, defect, or sin. And he cannot commune or communicate with impotent human beings without wrath because we are so fallen from the glory of God in which He Created us. Having turned what He declares to be an incredible revelation of His Character and Godhood in creation into idolatry (Romans 1:18-25), whether of wood or stone, or a thing over which we pretend to have control, and then searing our conscience from any praise or Thanksgiving unto Him for that very Divine Testimony, we are without excuse and condemned and impotent before our God.
But praise be to God, there is now the Man, God come in the flesh, The Man witnessed to by 12 uniquely chosen witnesses, the Apostles. These men testify that God is come in the flesh in the man Christ Jesus. God come in the flesh of that One Who inhabits that Perfect Body prepared for Him as in Hebrews 10:5-20, this man who Colossians 3:21-22 says has reconciled us “in the Body of His Flesh, and further, in 3:9-10, declares that “For in Him dwells ALL THE FULLNESS OF THE GODHEAD, we are COMPLETE IN HIM WHO IS THE HEAD OF ALL PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS.
And so what do we do with that? Oh That's where faith comes in. We come to this man every time a fragment of our impotence, a fragment of our human distress is manifested to us by His Spirit, and that is pretty much continually!! We appeal to this Man and through Him our God and Father, to Bear the Image of this man upon our frailty, upon our impotence, upon our worries, our fears, and our deadness. The life that we now live in this flesh we now live by the faith of the Son of God who loved us and gave himself for us.(Galatians 2:20) And so as the Word of God, by the Spirit of God that is sharper than any two edged sword, unveils to us the very thoughts and intents of our hearts, even though we tend to think kind of highly from them, when the Word by the Spirit reveals the vanity of our works, even those that we think are so great and blessed and pleasing to God, what do we do? Well we come to this Man and we plead for the Mercy that we desperately need and for His Grace to help in our continual time of need.(Hebrews 4:14-16) In other words we place our faith and hope in this Man to be our Man, His image to be upon our weakness our impotency, our frailty, our crippled behavior. That is living by faith, the Faith of the Son of God. And the more we come in that humble manner the more the Spirit of God grows us out of ourselves into living moment by moment in a dependent connection to the God Man Who is our only standing before the Father. He is there as our Mediator, continually Displaying His Perfect Humanity before the Father as our humanity, and His Perfect Humanity is our ONLY access into the Blessed Presence of the Love and Goodness that IS God that is now our Home for all eternity.