Who is our Intercessor
THE INTERCESSION OF CHRIST
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
The redemption of the soul is precious yet fools make a mock of sin Proverbs 16:9. But they will not think lightly of it, who duly consider the majesty, authority, and goodness of him, against whom it is committed; and who are taught, by what God actually has done, what sin rendered necessary to be done, before a sinner could have a well-grounded hope of forgiveness. For wisdom does nothing in vain. The death of the Son of God would have been in vain Galatians 2:21, if the great design, in favour of sinful men, could have been effected by inferior means. But as he, in the office of Mediator, was the hope of mankind, from the beginning; so the great work he has accomplished, and the characters he sustains, when made known to the conscience, are, in fact, sufficient to relieve in every case, to answer every charge, and to satisfy the believer in Jesus, that there is now no condemnation to fear.
There are many ready to accuse, but it is in vain; the charge may be true, but it is overruled. Whoever would impeach the hope of a true believer, must prove that Christ did not die; or that he did not rise from the dead; or that he was not admitted into the presence of God on our behalf; or that he is unmindful of his promise, to make intercession for all who come unto God by him. For if these points are indubitable and sure, it is impossible that the souls, which has trusted in Jesus, and put its cause into his hands, can miscarry.
The death and resurrection of our Lord, his appearance in our nature, clothed with glory, seated on the right hand of the Majesty on high, as the High Priest of our profession, can scarcely be considered too often. This subject of so much import is blurred by the confusion that comes with folk not understanding God, Jesus and Holy Spirit.
The word the apostle uses, here, and in Hebrews 7:25 —seeing he ever liveth to make intercession, occurs likewise Acts 25:24 where Festus speaks of the process managed by the Jews against Paul: and also Romans 11:2 of Elijah’s making intercession to God against Israel. From these passages compared together, we may observe, that the word is to be taken in a large sense. He pleads our cause, he manages our concerns, he answers our enemies. Who then shall condemn those for whom the Lord Jesus thus employs his power and his love? He is our advocate 1John 2:1. He takes upon him our whole concern. He pleads as a Priest, and manages as a King, for those who come unto God by him.
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