Scripture Reading: Heb. 7:25-26; Rom. 8:26-27, 34; Col. 1:9-11; 4:12
I. Christ as the kingly and divine High Priest is interceeding for us (Heb. 7:25-26):
- Christ has been constituted our High Priest according to the power of an indestructible life (v. 16), which nothing can dissolve; this is an endless life, being the eternal, divine, uncreated life and the resurrection life that has passed through the test of death and of Hades (Acts 2:24; Rev. 1:18).
- Because Christ lives forever without any change, He is able to save us to the uttermost in extent, time, and space (Heb. 7:24-25).
- In Hebrews 7:25 the expression to the uttermost means “completely, entirely, perfectly, to the end, and for eternity”; this indicates that Christ as our High Priest is able to save us to the fullest extent, that is, to save in every kind of situation and condition.
- Christ is able to save us completely because He is interceding for us; He is our perpetual, constant, and eternal Intercessor (vv. 25-26).
II. In Romans 8 Christ is interceding for us at the right hand of God, and the Spirit is interceding for us in our spirit (vv. 34, 26-27):
- Christ died for us, He was resurrected, and now He is in the heavens at the right hand of God interceding for us (v. 34).
- “The Spirit also joins in to help us in our weak-ness, for we do not know for what we should pray as is fitting, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (8:26).
- “He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to God” (v. 27).
III. We need to respond to Christ’s intercession in His heavenly ministry (Heb. 7:25-26; Rom. 8:34; Acts 12:5; Col. 1:9-11; 4:12):
- Christ’s intercession requires our response; we need to participate in Christ’s interceding life and become on earth the reflection of Christ’s interces-sion in His heavenly ministry, praying the prayers of the interceding Christ (Rom. 8:26-27, 34; 1 Tim. 2:1; Col. 4:3; 1 Thes. 5:25; 2 Thes. 3:1; Heb. 13:18).
- Through our prayer Christ, the Head, is given a way to carry out His administration through His Body (Rev. 5:6; 8:3-5; Eph. 1:10, 17-23).
- In Acts 12 we have the intercessory prayer of the church, and in Colossians 1:9-11 and 4:12, the intercessory prayers of Paul and Epaphras.
- The position of prayer is ascension, that is, a heavenly position (Eph. 1:3; 2:6).