Jesus Christ the Advocate, the Intercessor, the Mediator.



"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

 

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

Jesus Christ the Advocate, the Intercessor, the Mediator.

The Bible says that the Lord Jesus Christ advocates, intercedes, and mediates with God the Father. Yes, all these things are happening as we live, so that the resurrected Jesus Christ work with God the Father and the Holy Ghost, to give us the maximum help that is needed, so that we may become overcomers and winners. But, he will also be the Judge in the final judgment. Let us see how he does it all.

A. Jesus Christ 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 the word of God is written with the purpose that his people should not commit sin. So, God’s people are to strive to live without sin. 2 Timothy 2:19 says … "Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity." Luke 13:24 says: "Strive to enter in at the strait gate:" But sinning Christians ignore this portion and choose the second portion, thinking that by this they can enjoy sin and escape hell. And, false preachers say that all Christians commit sin. But, the verse says ‘if any man sin,’ which means that the rest of the people in this group do not commit sin. Jesus Christ is the advocate to the people in this group, who still sin despite striving not to. He is not the advocate of those Christians who do sin and do not strive not to. The advocate is to work with God the Father, to redeem them from sinning, by giving them grace, spirit, and power, according to the will of God the Father. The purpose of being an advocate is not to brake the will of the Father, or to get an unrighteous verdict to free the criminals. But, it is to help convert sinners, not to sin. But, preachers say that Jesus Christ will be an attorney who looks for loopholes and tricks for Christian sinners to let them go free at the final judgment. Most Christians believe this. But, Jesus Christ will be the Righteous Judge, who will condemn them in the final judgment.

B. Jesus Christ makes intercession for us

Romans 8:34 says: "Who is he that condemneth? 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." This verse says that nobody can condemn us since Jesus Christ intercedes for us. Who does the term "US" refer to? Does it refer to Christians, to everybody in the whole world, or perhaps to whomever happens to read this verse? Let us look at the preceding verses. Romans 8:29 says: "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30) Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?" God foreknew and approved a group of people who would live as Jesus lived while he was a man. God calls this group of people and makes them righteous as the man Jesus was righteous . Jesus Christ intercedes for this group of people, and God will glorify them as he glorified Jesus Christ. Hebrews 12:14 says: "… and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:" 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." Jesus Christ intercedes for those who come to God through him with holiness. That is, he intercedes for those who come to God with righteous works; these righteous works constitute holiness.

C. One Mediator between God and Men

God the Father so loved the whole world that he sent 'God the Word' to become a man (his beloved Son), and to die for the whole world as a propitiation for sinners. God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ desire that all people will be saved. God the Father gives grace and power through Jesus Christ and uses him as the mediator between God the Father and men. 1 Timothy 2:3 says: "For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4) Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5) For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus:" So as this mediator, Jesus Christ preached the truth as his gospel (the good news) to make people free. John 8:31 says: "Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32) And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Believers should continue to obey the word of God in order to become disciples of God. Then they will know the truth. The Truth will make them free.

D. The Lord Jesus Christ will be the Righteous Judge

The Lord 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: "And I heard another out of the altar say, Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are thy judgments."

Jesus Christ rewards obedient servants while taking vengeance on disobedient people (i.e., people who do not obey his gospel). Matthew 19:28 says "... Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29) And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life." 2 Timothy 2:11 says: "It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: 12) If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us:"  Revelation 3:21 says: "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne." 2 Thessalonians 1:8 says: "In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  9) Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction."

Jesus Christ will be the Judge, but it is not the Father.

God the Father has initiated all things from the beginning, including the plan for our salvation. Hebrews 10:7 says: "Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.... 9) Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God." Yes, Jesus Christ will be the Advocate, the Intercessor, and the Mediator for us, as long as God has not shut the door on us when we live. Then, Hebrews 9:27 says, "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:" Then, Jesus Christ will be the judge, none other.

God the Father will judge nobody; the Lord Jesus Christ will be the judge of all. Note, however, that Jesus Christ will judge according to the will of the Father. There will be no prosecutors and no defense attorneys. John 5:22 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. 30) I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." 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." 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;" John 8:16 says: "And yet if I judge, my judgment is true: for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me." Thus the will of God the Father will be executed in the final Judgment.

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