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Have you ever asked yourself this question? What is Jesus doing now?

As we search the Scriptures, we will see that Jesus is currently fulfilling five roles.

We know that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, expecting His enemies to made His footstool. In other words, Jesus has defeated Satan and has given the believer authority over all the works of the devil. He delegated His power to us! Then Jesus sat down, expecting us to put our foot down on the devil, to maintain Satan's defeat in the Earth.

While the believer is keeping Satan under his feet, Jesus is seated at the right hand of Jehovah God, the Father, continuing His ministry.

Jesus is Still Working for You!
We know that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to be our Comforter and our Counselor. He's here in the Earth with us today. But Jesus hasn't stopped working on your behalf. So let's look a little closer at the areas in which Jesus is still ministering for us.

Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment; So Christ was offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation (Heb. 9:25-28).

Jesus is operating in a high priestly ministry. He's still operating as High Priest where you and I are concerned. Hebrews 3:1 will make it a little clearer for us: "Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus."

The word "profession" means confession. In other words, Jesus is the Sent One (Apostle) and He is the High Priest of our words.

You mean Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of God right now, offering up our words to Jehovah the Father? Yes, Amen. Jesus is taking what you are saying and offering that unto the Father.

Now the question is, "What have you been saying lately?" I guarantee you, the only part being offered up to the Father is that which is in line with God's Word.

The Body - The Badge of Authority
When you speak in line with God's Word, you can be sure that the Son of God, Jesus, takes your words and puts them in front of the Father.

"Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage....

"Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in all things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people." (Heb. 2:14-15,17)

So Jesus wrapped himself in human flesh so that he could destroy the power of the devil. That tells us then, that it takes a flesh and blood body in order to exercise authority in the Earth. In addition, Hebrews 2:15 tells us that the believer does not have to fear death.

This fear is real. For those who do not know what happens after death, they've got something to be afraid of. But for those of us who are born-again, we know that death is not the end for us, it's the beginning. When a believer leaves his body, he's not dying - he's moving over into a better realm, a higher realm, a more anointed realm. You're moving into all Eternity.

Hebrews 2:17 explains to us that Jesus became like us in all things. He felt like we felt, and He understands what we're about, because He's walked in our steps. Because of this, He can have mercy on us. He is a merciful and faithful High Priest.

You Can Count on Jesus!
You can count on Jesus when you can't count on people. You can count on Jesus when everybody turns their back on you. He is a merciful and faithful High Priest, and we ought to give Him praise and glory!

Hebrews 4:14,15 reads, "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. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin."

We have a High Priest that's touched with the feelings of our infirmities. Yes, Jesus understands you. He knows what if feels like to have people envious of you. He knows what it feels like when you want to do something, and seemingly you can't get it done because of what other people are doing. Jesus understands the temptation that comes against us.

By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 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. 7:22-25).

Praise God! Jesus is our guarantee. We don't have a priest for a while and then that priest dies, then we get a new priest and that priest dies. We don't need another priest - there's not going to be a change, because the priesthood of our High Priest is unchangeable.

Jesus Saves to the Utmost!
You didn't get some half-baked salvation. You didn't get some deliverance that wears off after a while. You didn't get a salvation that has a warranty that's not valid after five years. No! You've been saved to the utmost. You are not a spiritual schizophrenic. You don't have half of God in you and half of the devil in you, and they're warring to see who's going to come out on top. No, no, no! You've been saved to the utmost.

The real you is saved through and through. You're saved from the crown of your head to the very soles of your feet. He is King of kings! He is Lord of lords, glory to God!

Jesus is the guarantee that's the New Testament. It's the last will and testament of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the only One to write a will and then die and raise from the dead to make sure it's carried out. Jesus is seated at the right hand of the throne of God, performing this high priestly ministry, but that's not all He's doing.

First Timothy 2:5 says, "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." On one side we have a Holy God; on the other side there's man who was born into sin. We came our of our mother's womb selfish, screaming, fighting, kicking, and caring about nobody else but ourselves. We were anything but holy, and certainly could not approach the presence of the Holy God.

Seemingly, nothing could bridge that gap. But there was a Mediator, glory to God. Now, what makes a mediator effective is that both sides can trust him. The mediator must be able to represent the interest of God. But at the same represent yours and my interest, too.

This is another ministry Jesus is operating in today while He's seated at the right hand of God. Our Mediator can come before God because He's holy. And, at the same time, because He has walked in man's flesh, our Mediator can represent you and I because He knows where we're coming from, he knows why you and I are the way we are.

Jesus is 100 percent man and 100 percent God, which allows Him to represent both God and man effectively - He's the perfect Mediator.

Jesus, our Intercessor
A third ministry Jesus is functioning in is that of Intercessor. Hebrews 7:25 says, "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."

He's alive continually. He ever lives to make intercession for us.

Now don't confuse the intercession that believers have in this world. We intercede for the lost and we supplicate for the saints. But Jesus intercedes for us, seated at the right hand of the throne of God. An intercessor is a go-between, one that will stand in the gap for someone else.

Why do we need an intercessor? Because believers still do mess up from time to time. We're saved, filled with the Holy Ghost and we have the Word of God, so there's no excuse for messing up. We even have world-overcoming faith on the inside of us. Yet, the Apostle Paul understood that we would still have a few challenges, even after being filled with the Holy Ghost:

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service" (Rom. 12:1).

"For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do....O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?" (Rom. 7:19,24).

Have you found that after you were born-again, your flesh still wanted to act the same way? I'm not talking about you. You are not your flesh. You are a spirit being who has a soul mind, will, and emotions and you live in a physical body. The Apostle Paul was asking, in the seventh chapter of Romans, who would deliver him from that body of death.

Now we shouldn't, but every so often, we follow the dictates of the body. Some of you are still falling into the same traps you did when you were a baby Christian. Something is wrong with that. We can come to a place where you're beginning to recognize that the body wants to go that way, but your spirit is telling you to go the other way, and you're listening more to the spirit than you are to the body. But every so often you may feel like giving in to the flesh. That's why we need an Intercessor.

The Greatest Lawyer in the Universe
Jesus is our High Priest, He is our Mediator and our Intercessor. Jesus is also our Advocate.

"My little children, these things I write 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).

The word "advocate" means lawyer. We have Legal Counsel sitting on the right hand of the throne of God, and our Lawyer has never lost a case. He's also intimately acquainted with the judge; He has favor with the Judge.

Our Attorney does not charge us legal fees either, because He has already paid the price necessary to retain His counsel, so that He can go before the Father in this way for you.

First John 1:8-9 says, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." To confess means to be willing to say, willing to admit - to be willing to tell the truth about it.

You see, the Word didn't say that we were to hide our sin, sweep it under the rug, pretend it doesn't exist, and then go on like everything is okay. It says we have to confess our sins. People may not see the unconfessed sin, but Satan sees it and God sees it.

You need to understand that unconfessed sin stops the power of God in your life. Unconfessed sin, if it remains long enough, can get you to a place where all your defenses are down - it could even cost you your life.

We have to truly repent of sin, turn away from and go in a different direction. If we confess our sins, he is our Advocate, faithful to forgive us our sin.

Let's look at the fifth thing Jesus is doing now:

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul. He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever." (Ps. 23:1-6)

Psalm 23 talks about the age of grace where we are today. Today, the Lord is our Shepherd. We have a shepherd watching out for us. According to Psalm 23, God has already laid out fields of green blessings for you. If you need money, it's out there. You need healing, it's out there. You need a promotion, it's already out there.

God has laid out the "green pastures" for you. And He leads us beside the still waters and restores our soul that's your mind, will, and emotions. When you get upset, you don't know what to do, and you feel like you're going crazy, your Shepherd, through the Holy Ghost, will bring you back again where you can be rational.

Our Shepherd takes us "through" the valley of death, temptation, tests, and trials. He doesn't leave us there. He's already made the way of escape. He leads us through the valley of the shadow of death. Satan doesn't have authority over death any more. Jesus took it from him! We don't have to be afraid of anything Satan may bring our way. We don't have to fear, because the Lord is on our side, glory to God! Goodness and mercy follow us. Mercy is there on one side for us when we do something dumb, and goodness is on the other side of us; both all the days of our lives.

How can we not praise Him? How can we not glorify Him? How can we not open our mouths and tell Jesus how much we love Him? God has been good to you and me. We can praise Him; we can dance before Him; we can worship Him. His name is Jesus, the Bright and Morning Star, the Lily of Valley. And He's on my side and He's on your side. Because Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, continuing His ministry for us, we can dominate! Victory is ours! Has God been good to you? Then give Him praise!

Author Biography

Keith Butler
Web site: Word of Faith International Christian Center
 
Bishop Keith A. Butler is the senior pastor of Word of Faith International Christian Center. Keith Butler is the founder and president of Keith Butler Ministries (KBM), an international organization established to take the life-changing message of the Gospel to "the uttermost parts of the earth." Through Live Your Faith Seminars and the establishment of our PISTIS School of Ministry in various locations, Keith Butler provides teaching of the Word of God on a variety of subjects such as how to live the life of faith, how to fulfill the call of God for your life, how to receive your healing, the importance of walking in love and many more topics. PISTIS is specifically designed to train ministers so that they are equipped to go out into their world and teach and preach Jesus effectively.
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