“Christ as Intercessor and Love”

This morning as I am working on articles and suffering with writer’s block or a head full of too much to say and not being able to articulate it as I would, I took a break to listen to some lovely soft music and felt inspired to design rather than write but as I re-read this week’s reading/study material, I was inspired to the heart of the wonder of God’s love to us. The love of Christ and His intercessory work (i.e., doing for us what we could not do for ourselves) is wonderful! We are such a blessed people to have such love and beauty in our lives that our God, Savior, King and Creator loves us so much and so perfectly that we can desire nothing more or live for anything less. The beauty of the gospel and Christ’s love is above all and the full import which we cannot handle in our finite minds and bodies, is glorious, even when we are weak, suffering or straying. A God of mercy is our God, a God of forgiveness and joy, a God who deserves all of our love, praise and thanksgiving. A God to be enjoyed every moment of every day. Thanks be to Him!

Read this again and rejoice in it!

“The priestly work of Christ was, first of all, to bring a sacrifice for sin. The Old Testament sacrifices were types pointing forward to the great sacrifice of Christ, Heb. 9:23, 24; 10:1, 13:11, 12. Hence Christ is also called “the Lamb of God,” John 1:29, and “our passover,” I Cor. 5:7. The New Testament speaks very clearly of the priestly work of Christ in numerous passages: Mark 10:45; John 1:29; Rom. 3:24, 25; 5:6-8; I Cor. 5:7; 15:3; Gal. 1:4; Eph. 5:2; I Pet. 2:24; 3:18; I John 2:2; 4:10; Rev. 5:12. The references are most frequent in the Epistle to the Hebrews, 5:1-10; 7:1-28; 9:11-15, 24-28; 10:11-14, 19-22; 12:24; 13:12.

Besides bringing the great sacrifice for sins, Christ as priest also makes intercession for His people. He is called our parakletos by implication in John 14:16, and explicitly in I John 2:2. The term means ‘one who is called in to help, an advocate, one who pleads the cause of another.’ The New Testament refers to Christ as our intercessor in Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25; 9:24; I John 2:1. His intercessory work is based on His sacrifice, and is not limited, as is sometimes thought, to intercessory prayer. He presents His sacrifice to God, on the ground of it claims all spiritual blessings for His people, defends them against the charges of Satan, the law, and conscience, secures forgiveness for everything justly charged against them, and sanctifies their worship and service through the operation of the Holy Spirit. This intercessory work is limited in character; it has reference only to the elect, but includes all the elect, whether they are already believers or still live in unbelief, John 17:9, 20. “


Summary of Christian Doctrine: Part IV: The Doctrine of the Person and Work of Christ: Chapter
XVI: The Offices of Christ


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