The Pilgrim Path (4-30-2020)
The Pilgrim Path---Hebrews 7: 23--25 (4--30--20)
The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.
We don't always pause after a particularly trying day, or week---and remember to express gratitude to the Savior for His help---Oh, but His help---was given. Note the text above. He "always" lives to make intercession for His own. We will advance for His glory and the good of our soul. His holy ends will come to pass...
He knows every hair upon our head. Every word, before it is formed on the back of our tongue. What an intimate awareness He has of His sons and daughters...
Hear John Calvin: "...only a priest may intercede for the people so they may obtain favor with God. This is what Christ is ever doing, for it was for this purpose that he rose from the dead. Through his continual intercession, he claims for himself the office of priest."
From Joel Beeke: "To know that Christ is praying for us every moment---also in times of such affliction and pain that we can scarcely pray---can give us strength to carry the heaviest of burdens."
From J. I. Packer: "In the heavenly sanctuary, in heavenly Zion, Jesus is accessible to all who invoke him, and he is powerful to help them, anywhere in the world...The essence of Christ's intercession is intervention in our interest from his throne. In sovereignty he lavishes upon us the benefits that his suffering won for us..."
From Thomas Watson: "Christ prays that every saint may hold out in grace. Can the children of such prayers perish?"
We pray. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us with unspoken groanings (Romans 8: 26). The Living Christ always prays for us. We are not going to be deprived of some soul benefit. However---we must improve our intimacy with the Savior. Abide with me---is always the word from Him (John 15: 1-11).
Spurgeon to close: "If a man comes to God, he must leave his sins and his righteousness. He must leave both his bad works and his good ones. How do they come? They come by Jesus Christ. Do not consider that any man will be heard and saved by God apart from the merits of His Son. If you would be at peace with God, you must come to him through Christ, the mediator."
If life be long, I will be glad
That I may long obey;
If short, yet why should I be sad
To soar to endless day?
Christ leads me through no darker rooms
Than He went through before;
He that into God's kingdom comes
Must enter by this door.
Richard Baxter (1615--1691)
The Lord keep You ALL, Pastor Jason