Jesus Christ is Advocate, Intercessor, Mediator, Redeemer, and the Judge.



"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

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Jesus Christ is the advocate, the intercessor, and the mediator with God the Father. He does these, to give us maximum spiritual help that is needed, so that we may become overcomers and winners. He is also our redeemer. And, he will be the Judge in the final judgment; and he will be the most righteous judge. Let us study about all of these.

If we sin, Jesus Christ is the Advocate

1 John 2:1 says: "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:" The first portion of the verse says that he writes with the intention that we must not commit sin. 2 Timothy 2:19 says … "Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." In Luke 13:24 Jesus Christ says: "Strive to enter in at the strait gate:" We must strive to live without sin. So, Christians ignore this and choose the next portion thinking that they can enjoy sin and escape hell. Preachers say that we all commit sin. But, the verse says, 'if any man sin'. It indicates that this group probably may not commit sin; and if they sin, it may be just a few, and the rest of them may not commit sin. For them, Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior. But for those who commit sin, but are striving not to commit sin, Jesus Christ is an advocate. But those who love to commit sin, think that Jesus Christ will get them out of hell as an advocate. But that will not happen. Because Jesus Christ will be the Judge after our death; but he is our advocate now, to plead with God the Father, to redeem us from sinning, by giving us grace, spirit, and power. It is to help sinners to be converted as they are living. After our death, Jesus Christ will be the Judge, but not an advocate. He will be the righteous judge, and he will judge everybody according to what we have done.

Jesus Christ makes intercession for us

Romans 8:34 says: "... 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." So, Jesus has died, risen, and interceding for us from the right hand of the Father. If we look at a few verses earlier, if we are born of the Spirit as Jesus Christ told us to be, our Spirit intercedes through Jesus Christ. Let us see what intercession is. "Verse 26 ... the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God." Here, we come to Jesus Christ by the prayer of our Spirit, and he will make intercession to the Father, according to his 'will'. This intercession is not to get us out of hell in the final judgment, but to help us now to do the 'Will' of God, as we live. 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." So, if we come to Jesus Christ with our prayer, he intercedes for us to the Father, to save us to the uttermost, that "he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish." It is in Ephesians 5:27. So, intercession happens as we strive to live a godly life now.

One Mediator between God and Men

A mediator is commonly known as a broker, go-between person, middleman, or a peacemaker. 1 Timothy 2:5 says: "... there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus:" But, the man Jesus Christ is no longer living, and how can he mediate? Preachers expect Jesus Christ to go between us and God the Father as a mediator to get heaven for us. But Jesus Christ was the mediator for God the Father, not to negotiate, but to establish a new covenant, which is the new testament, which he has done as the testator, by offering his blood by the eternal Spirit. "Hebrews 9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. 16 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator." So, he had to die in the process of mediating; and it refers to the sacrifice he has made on the cross, to establish the new covenant to purge our conscience from dead works and serve the living God. If we do, we will have eternal inheritance. The dead works are observing ceremonies as in the old testament, and to serve the living God is to serve God in our righteous living. "Hebrews 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises." By death, Jesus Christ became the mediator, and established the new covenant. The old covenant promised prosperity and victory for people and the king of Israel. But this is a better covenant with better promises since it gives people the privilege to become children, sons, or bride, to God and Christ, and to inherit his kingdom.

Redeemer will save us from Our Sins

Redeemer is a deliverer, rescuer, or a savior. We know that we have committed sin and under the wrath of God; and so, God will punish us in hell and in the lake of fire. We expect that our redeemer will save us from the wrath of God, and then we will escape the punishment in hell. So, preachers have made up many stories, with a little touch of scripture to convince us that they are from God. Every story will say that we will be out of hell, in exchange of of the welfare of the preachers and the church. That is religious Christianity. But God is righteous, and provides no redemption from hell, if the crime, which is their sin, did not stop. Preachers do not want to mention that, since people love their sins and like to keep them. So, they become false preachers, giving false promises, running the churches into religion, rather than to bring them to God.

We all, and every preacher, agree that Lord Jesus Christ is our redeemer. "Luke 1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, ... (that is his people are redeemed, how are they redeemed?) 73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, 74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life." Here, God saves us from our enemies, and the purpose is that we "might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life." Here in the new testament, the enemy is no other people, but it is our own sins. "Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:" Justified means, converted a sinner into a righteous person. Here also redemption is to convert sinners to be righteous people, by his grace. "Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:" Christians think that God will forgive our sins as soon as we ask him to forgive us. No, it will not happen that way. When we come to the state that we will not sin anymore by the grace and power of God, then God will forgive our past sins that we have already committed. That is in Romans 3:25. "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;" "Timothy 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works." So, the redemption is to save us from all iniquity and sins, but not to take us to heaven with our sins. If we give ourselves to God, God will redeem us from our sins, as the propitiation, for us to do good works; and the result will be eternal life. So, we will be redeemed from the wrath of God, hell, and the lake of fire. We will become the beloved of God. It is redemption.

Jesus Christ will be the Righteous Judge

Most preachers say that God the Father will be the Judge after our death, and Jesus Christ will plead to God the father and so we will not be sentenced to hell for punishment. Most Christians believe the preachers. But Jesus Christ will be the judge, but not God the Father. Let us see a few scripture verses. John 5:22 Jesus Christ says: "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 27) And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man." Acts 10:42 says: "And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead." So, Jesus Christ told his disciple to tell people that Jesus Christ will be the judge. Romans 2:16 says: "In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel." 2 Timothy 4 says: "I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;" Preachers make it up and say that Jesus will plead to the Father and get us free, but it is not true.

Christians think that they will get a favorable judgment, since they worship Jesus Christ. But scripture says that Jesus Christ, who is God, will judge righteously and without favoritism or partiality. Romans 2:11 says: "For there is no respect of persons with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law…." Acts 10:34 says: "Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: 35 But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him." Matthew 7:21 says: "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." Revelation 16:7 says: "Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments." It is said repeatedly that Jesus Christ will be the righteous judge, and he will judge according to what we have done.

In the final judgment, first Jesus Christ throws the devil and his battalion in the lake of fire. "Revelation 20:10 the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever." The beast, false prophet and the devil are thrown in the lake of fire to be tormented forever. Then the people. "Verse 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." Books were opened for judgment. Book of life is also written according to their works. They were judged by the books, which are according to their works. "Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: 2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." So, one death, one judgment, everybody will stand before Jesus Christ, and everyone will be judged according to what they have done, but NOT according to what they say. In short, if you are good, you will inherit heaven, and if you are evil, you will be punished in hell. So, let us be good to others, be converted from sinning to righteousness. Jesus Christ will give grace and power to become his sons.

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