In the book of Hebrews we read of Jesus’ work of intercession:
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 (Hebrews 7:25).
In the book of Romans we read of the Holy Spirit’s work of intercession:
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God (Romans 8:26-27).
Now this is a topic that deserves a lot more attention than I am going to be able to give it today, but how amazing is that two persons of the Triune God are making intercession on the behalf of Christians! Jesus’ intercession is for our justification. The marks in his hands and feet are what give me the ability to draw near to God through him. While I may now be counted righteous before God, I am not actually righteous. So, the Holy Spirit intercedes for me as I bring my prayers and my needs to God. I do not know what to pray, I do not know how to pray and I do not know the will of God. The Holy Spirit takes care of that and intercedes for me.
Jesus and the Holy Spirit interceding for me! It is their works of intercession that give me assurance of my salvation and confidence to draw near to the throne of grace. And is yet another of the countless reasons I will give thanks to the Triune God forever.
I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable (Psalm 145:1-3).
The LORD your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the LORD your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ Yet in spite of this word you did not believe the LORD your God, who went before you in the way to seek you out a place to pitch your tents, in fire by night and in the cloud by day, to show you by what way you should go (Deuteronomy 1:30-33).
Often when reading through this early period in the history of the Hebrew people, it is easy to think, “My these people were really dense!” Here we have Moses reminding them of the numerous miracles they had witnessed:
- During the Exodus from Egypt (i.e. the plagues, the Passover)
- In the wilderness (parting of the Red Sea, manna)
- The pillar of fire by night to guide them
- The cloud by day to guide them
Surely all of these things should have been sufficient to convince these people that God was both real and absolutely in control. I read this and think to myself (in my best Bugs Bunny voice), “What a maroon!” But then, I look back at the years I spent ignoring the evidence for God in both his creation and in his Word. Years growing up reading Discover magazine about the amazing wonders of nature and being convinced by these secular sources that these all came about by random chance. Not to mention the years of knowing the obviousness of my own sin, despite the best efforts of my conscience to suppress that knowledge. Looking back, I can only think, “What a maroon!”
Yet, it only serves to remind me that faith is a gift from God. Unless he replaced my heart of stone (and my brain of cold oatmeal), I would have continued in ignorance and rebellion to the day I died. Left to my own abilities and my own desires, I would have died in my sin. But God did not leave me to my own abilities and my own desires. Praise God for saving a maroon like me.
Filed under God, Salvation
Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God (1 Cor 2:10-11).
Only persons “know” things. Electricity “knows” nothing, experiences nothing. Yet the Holy Spirit knows the thoughts of God…The thoughts of God are infinite even as God is infinite. Therefore, the Holy Spirit must likewise be omniscient (all-knowing), an attribute of deity itself (James White, The Forgotten Trinity, L. 1487).
If you believe in Jesus, then you must also believe what Jesus taught about the Holy Spirit.
When the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, that is the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify about Me (John 15:26).
Jesus teaches that the Holy Spirit is a person, not a mysterious force, power, or energy. Jesus says that the Spirit is a ‘He’ who is sent and who will testify.