Romans 8:32-34 “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?
Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, Who is even at the right hand of God, Who also maketh intercession for us.”
It is amazing to me…..the plan of Salvation:
Down through the centuries Christ waited till the time He would come forth to the world….to bring salvation to His people.
When the time came,…
….we might think He would come as a man….powerful and clothed in the royal robes of majesty….
…but instead He came as a babe, born of a virgin.
For this was God’s plan….Christ had to become man in the flesh, to save man.
He had to go through every temptation….yet without sin…that mankind is subject to. (Hebrews 4:15)
(A definition of “temptation” might be helpful here:
Jesus was “tempted”….tried, exercised by sin…but did not sin.
The moral evil in temptation is giving into it. In itself, it is but a trial.
Men are tempted (James 4:1) to sin outwardly, by their inward sinful inclinations (lusts).
But Jesus was holy and pure, as Son of God, and Son of man.
Trials and temptations came at Him from without….but they had no effect on Him. (John 14:30)
He was not tempted by sin….because of the holiness of His nature…
…nor did the trials that He passed through produce sin, because He was perfect in His obedience. Matthew 4:1-11)
He had to manifest God’s power….by being an obedient man….speaking only the Word the Father wanted.
He submitted to every test and trial which His Father in heaven gave Him…..
…..showing the Truth, mercy, forgiveness, and steadfastness to duty—even unto death.
For as the scriptures plainly show, He had to die….and be raised again (Acts 2:22-24)……that we might receive the inheritance of life in Him.
Hebrews 9:15 “And for this cause He is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.”
God would not justify us without the penalty of sin being paid…..He does not give up His Justice for mercy.
The penalty of our sin must be paid….
….therefore we must pay it ourselves….
….or a Substitute must receive the wages of our sin….and pay it to the full…
….that we might be justified before God, and have peace with Him.
Christ Jesus, the beloved Son of God, came and did just that.
And as we receive Him as our Lord and Savior….our sins are placed on Him, and paid in full.
But our Salvation does not stop there! For He saves to the uttermost, those that come to God….by Him.
Hebrews 7:25 “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.”
“Shall He not with Him also freely give all things!”
Who is even at the right hand of God…the place of power and authority…Who also makes intercession for us.
For Christ Jesus is now at the right hand of God, as our Mediator….honoring both God’s Justice, and our mercy……through Himself….
…which entails two things:
Showing God the wounds by which He procured our redemption,….that we are covered by His blood…
….and interceding for us….
And who is able to speak about the bounty that is in His intercession for us now?
Hebrews 4:14 “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.”
Our High Priest is Christ Jesus, who had the victory over sin and death….
…He knows what is best for us, and permits our trials that we might come through them with Him.
He watches for our stumbling….prays for us to be strengthened in His might…
He holds us up (one of my favorite sayings….”When it is dark, and we must descend the stairs….reach out to the handrail of God’s love…and step out.”)
He is our righteousness (2 Corinthians 5:21) and strength….imparting faith and grace in our time of need, by His merits.
Christ won for us the privilege of the Holy Spirit to live with us continually……that we may be delivered from our sin, by His power.
How many have been bowed down with sorrow or worry, and He lifts them from the grave of tears to the comfort of His presence….as though He wiped away the tears with His own hands.
(I am going to speak of a question which is often asked…..I have asked:
If Christ is praying for me….how can I fail?
Isn’t His intercession effectual?
The answer is…..of course, His intercession is effectual!
But what He prays for each of us is that we might…..in the personalities we are….overcome our natural, personal inclinations to sin (lusts)….and give our whole hearts up to Him.
That, of course, could be done in one “zap”…..but Jesus, instead has chosen to do it by leading….
He leads us as a Shepherd leads His sheep:
Calling….so that we learn that He knows our name…and to come.
Leading us by putting us in the flock….what lessons we learn as we deal with others….who are also following Him.
Correcting us….by pulling us out of danger….that sometimes hurts;
and…by the “rod” which gets our attention that we are going where we should not.
Delivering us from our enemies….personally interceding….or giving us instruction as how to “get out of the situation.”
His leading me…for it is always personal….is the effectual working of His intercession…..which will guide me into having all that He has for me…..His Way.)
With Jesus as our High Priest, we can draw near to the Father. His throne of majesty and holiness, would keep us far from Him……
…but by HIs intercession, it becomes a “throne of grace”….opening up to us all spiritual blessings:
Ephesians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:”
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
“Boldly” means “saying all”…..tell Him all your thoughts and tell Him what you feel…tell Him your fears, and confess your sins….”come”
How zealous we should be about our purpose….with the Lord Jesus making intercession to the Father for us.
Romans 8:32, 35, 37-39 “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things?
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Nay in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
All…..”in Christ Jesus”.
Do we have our share in Him?