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Jesus came to bridge the gap between God and sinful man. Man needed someone to stand in the gap so he could get back to God. Man needed an Intercessor. Jesus' sacrifice established Him as the only fully trustworthy Intercessor for mankind. He is the only Intercessor for the people of this planet.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and Men, the man Christ Jesus.
(1 Tim. 2:5)
He entered Heaven to appear in the presence of God for us.
For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
(Heb 9:24)
He is our Intercessor at the right hand of the Father.
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.
(Rom. 8:34)
He saves to the uttermost. His divine power can never cease for one moment.
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.
(Heb. 7:25)
There flows from Jesus to the Father an unceasing stream of prayer and love for all people and for those that have accepted Him as Savior and Lord.

Conversely there flows from the Father to Jesus the answer for us. Therefore there flows from Jesus to every member of His Body abundant grace for every timely need.

He abideth forever. Regardless of circumstances, regardless of how dark things look, regardless of how we feel, He abides in us forever if we continue in His goodness (Rom. 11:22).

He is our High Priest forever at the right hand of the Father.
Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
17For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
(Heb. 7:16-17)
How long is Jesus Christ our High Priest? Forever!
Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens.
(Heb. 8:1)
As our High Priest He exercises every function of His office in endless Life-Power. This endless Life-Power never ceases for one moment. Our faith and experience of that intercession need never fail because its flow is endless.
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.
(1 John 2:1)
Included in the idea of intercession is the fact that Jesus is our Advocate. Advocate means "intercessor, consoler."

W. E. Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words says of the Greek word PARAKLETOS translated "advocate" in First John 2:1, "It was used in a court of justice to denote a legal assistant, counsel for the defence, an advocate; then, generally, one who pleads another's cause, an intercessor, advocate. In the widest sense, it signifies a succourer, comforter."

When a person (Christian) sins, Jesus intercedes, and then consoles in the fact that the sin is forgiven and that the sin and its stain is washed away by His blood leaving the person pure and clean. However, it is the will of God that a person stop sinning (1 John 2:1; 5:3).

First John 2:1 is not written to encourage us to sin. God wants us to stop sinning. But thank God, He did not stop with saying, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. . . ." If He had, then when we failed, we'd think, "We're out now; that's the end of it."

No, that's just half that verse. He goes on to say, ". . . And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."

We have an Intercessor! We have a Consoler!
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
(1 John 5:3)
The love law of the family of God is, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another" (John 13:34).

Every step outside of love is sin.

We tend to get our minds on dos and don'ts, but many Christians who abide perfectly by dos and don'ts are still sinning. How? By not walking in love.

Their attitudes are wrong. You need to maintain a love attitude toward your fellow man. If you do not, you are sinning.

Thank God for His intercession. Thank God for His standing in that place today to minister for us.

Jesus spent about 31/2 years in teaching and training His apostles. Since His ascension He has been interceding for about 2,000 years for the people of this earth. What a dignity this adds to prayer.

Jesus has been interceding 2,000 years for the people of this earth—not just for the Church!

Notice Hebrews 7:25 again, "Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God [This is talking about people coming unto God.] by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them."

Jesus' intercessory ministry includes His being our Mediator, our High Priest, our Advocate, our Consoler, and the One who prays for us at the Father's right hand.

Source: The Art Of Prayer by Kenneth E. Hagin.
Excerpt permission granted by Faith Library Publications

Author Biography

Kenneth E. Hagin
Web site: RHEMA
Rev. Hagin served in Christian ministry for nearly 70 years and was known as the "father of the modern faith movement." His teachings and books are filled with vivid stories that show God's power and truth working in his life and the lives of others.

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