Good Things: Part Two

We can continue our study of the good things that we have through Christ Jesus by returning to our original passage out of Hebrews chapter one.  That particular verse we were considering leads us on to one of the most precious blessings that we have through Christ Jesus our Lord, His intercession for us, His beloved saints.

1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.  Hebrews 1:1-4

 Christ’s work on our behalf for God the Father to the glory of Almighty God wasn’t finished after He had purged our sins; His intercessory work establishes us in our faith and obedient walk with Him.  The blessedness of this good thing which is ours through Christ Jesus is expounded for us by Paul in the books of Hebrews and Romans.  The first verse about Christ’s intercession can be easily missed if we don’t read the Scriptures carefully.

10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.  11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying:  “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.”  13 And again:  “I will put My trust in Him.”  And again:  “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.”  14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.  16 For indeed He does not give aid to angles, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.  17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.  18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.  Hebrews 2:10-18

 Christ’s intercessory work for us begins with Him taking the nature of humanity by being clothed with flesh and blood.  Jesus became a Man so that He could become one of us in order to destroy the devil through death and release us from bondage to the fear of death.  Jesus became a Man so He could give us aid and be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God to make propitiation for our sins.  He was tempted, just as we are, yet without sin, and is able to give us, His children, aid from the throne of grace during our temptations.  Temptation was a suffering He experienced that God used to make our captain of salvation, Jesus Christ, perfect and therefore our salvation gloriously eternally secure and complete.  Through Christ’s intercessory work for us we are one with Him, our wonderful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  This is but one portion of Scripture in Hebrews that reveals Christ’s intercessory work for us.  What amazing grace!

14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  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.  Hebrews 4:14-16

 Jesus Christ has redeemed us from our sins and sits at the right hand of the Majesty on High interceding for us, administering His sufficient grace to us to give us His efficacious help when we are tempted.  What a glorious source of love and assurance!  He was tempted like we have been, but because He is God, and therefore the sinless Son of God, He could not sin, and yet He identifies with us when we are tempted.  Jesus Christ understands our trials with temptation and so He is able to deliver us from temptation.  I have found this good thing to be of great encouragement to me when I have faced the trial of temptation.  Jesus Christ’s gracious intercession for us is the way of escape that we may bear up under temptation and reject it.  We find a pretty comprehensive list of temptations that come our way in First Corinthians.

5 But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.  6 Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted.  7 And do not become idolaters as were some of them.  As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.”  8 Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; 9 nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; 10 nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.  11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.  12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.  13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.  1 Corinthians 10:5-13

 Again, Christ’s intercession for us ensures our eternal salvation.  We can hold fast to Him and His grace because He is our perfect High Priest.  God’s Word blesses us with the assurance that we are His for eternity because Jesus Christ always lives to make intercession for us, His beloved children.

24 But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.  25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.  26 For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens; who does not need daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the people’s, for this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.  28 For the law appoints as high priests men who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son who has been perfected forever.  Hebrews 7:24-28

 Jesus Christ, the Holy Lamb of God, without spot or blemish, sinless, eternal, intercedes for us continuously.  His perfect sacrifice has given us eternal salvation, to those who repent of their sin and place their faith in Him, believing that He died on the cross for their sins and rose again from the dead for their eternal life.  Since Jesus ever lives to make intercession for us, our salvation is secure.  There is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.   This perfect salvation that God offers us through His Son Jesus Christ excels the law as it is also without doubt superior to any manmade system of religion.  Those who believe they should return to their own efforts by following any religious system for salvation are doomed to destruction.  What human religion provides the perfect salvation and guarantee of eternal life that is only found in our great God and Savior Jesus Christ?  Our salvation, secure and eternal, is found only in Jesus Christ, our glorious Lord and Savior!

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.  30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.  31 What then shall we say to these things?  If God is for us, who can be against us?  32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?  33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect?  It is God who justifies.  34 Who is he who condemns?  It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.  35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?  Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?  36 As it is written:  “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”  37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  38 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 created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:28-39

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