Able to save completely

Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

So he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. For it is indeed fitting for us to have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separate from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. He has no need to do every day what those priests do, to offer sacrifices first for their own sins and then for the sins of the people, since he did this in offering himself once for all. Hebrews 7.25-27

When one is on trial before the court, you desire the best lawyer to be found. You want a counselor who is able to intercede on your behalf. As Christians, we have exactly that.

The high priest was the intercessor between the Israelites and God during the Old Testament. He would offer the sacrifice for sin, first for himself, Leviticus 4, and then he would offer the sacrifice for sin for the people. There were many sacrifices made for sin through the years.

Jesus appears now in God’s presence for us, Hebrews 9.24. He always lives to intercede for us. He is our high priest. His priesthood is far superior to the high priests of old for he offered one sacrifice for all time. He gave his own life that I might live, John 3.16.

Jesus has no need to offer sacrifices for his own sin for he is holy and innocent. He is undefiled and separate from sinners. Furthermore, God exalted him above the heavens. He sits at the right hand of God, Hebrews 8.1. And do you know what he is doing there? If you are a Christian, he is interceding to God on your behalf. On my behalf.

This high priest is God, John 1.1. Jesus is able to save completely because he pleads my case before God. However, we have to accept his gift of grace through obedience to his word. Will Jesus plead your case before God?

#risingjoy #Hebrews #intercession

My intercessor, my friend: Job 16.20-21

“My intercessor is my friend
as my eyes pour out tears to God;
and he contends with God on behalf of man
as a man pleads for his friend.”

Job 16.20-21

In the midst of his pain, Job looked to heaven, v. 19, for help. He seems to sense that there is someone who will witness to his righteousness, who will help him before the Creator. He was not wrong, even though he had little idea.

We know him who intercedes for us. The Lord Jesus Christ was sent by the Father. He even now serves in this function. What difference does this truth make in the way you talk to God?

#intercession #Jesus #VOTD

New sister in Christ requests prayers during painful growth process

Our sister in Christ, Karen D., has been a frequent reader and commenter here on TFR for many months. She mentioned to me that she wanted to make a comment asking for prayer, and I offered to post her request as a separate post. It is below. Let’s keep her in prayer as she works ever toward the truth.

I have started to think of TFR as part of my spiritual family, and I want to be honest with you. Don’t know if that’s right or not, but that’s where I am.

TFR has been a vital part of my Christian growth this past year. I have read almost every article, and applied many things to my spiritual life that you have written. But the truth is I really need your prayers right now. I need your wisdom, fellowship, and guidance to help me. I’m feeling insecure and not very spiritually strong. Continue reading

#intercession, #prayer, #spiritual-growth

A perfect ministry of intercession

“From his exalted heavenly position, the Lord conducts a perfect ministry of intercession on behalf of those who approach God through him (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25, 9:24; 1 Jn. 2:1). Though Christians (e.g., 1 Tim. 2:1-2) and even the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:26-27) are said to intercede or make petitions for others from earth, Jesus is the only heavenly intercessor mentioned in Scripture.”

—Ashby L. Camp, Feet Firmly Planted, 75.

#intercession, #jesus-christ

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This would be a very workable system, if we’ll use it. Perhaps a separate site might be best, however, so we’re studying that possibility.

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