Christ’s Intercession for Us, Pt. 1

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.”
Intercession allows us to fulfill the eternal image of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the epitome of intercession! When He came in the form of human flesh, He came not just as the only begotten of God, but a prophet. Ever since His death, He has filled and continues to fulfill his role as priest, and when He returns to earth again He will come as King of Kings and LORD of LORDS. Currently, He is at the right hand of the Father, making intercession for us! He even began His intercession while He was on this earth. John 17 is the perfect example of this. This prayer of Jesus is known as “The High Priestly Prayer”. This famous prayer was truly a prayer of intercession for His disciples, as well as future believers. John 17:20-23 reveals His prayer for future believers, which says, “20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” Christ interceded while on earth for those would believe upon Him through the Word of God that we would be in perfect unity, just as He and our Father are one, so the world would believe. He also prayed that the same glory that God the Father had given to Him that He would give to them so that the world would not only know Christ was to sent to earth, but that they would receive the revelation of how much He really loves them. Therefore, you become the byproduct of Christ’s intercession when we, as adopted sons and daughters of the Father, walk in the spirit of unity with our brothers and sisters, and that perfect unity allows others to receive the revelation of who Jesus is and the Father’s love for them. If we are not walking in unity and submitting to authority, we are automatically out of the will of the Father because Christ, through His intercession, is surely praying His will on this earth. We must be delivered from selfish ambitions and keep Jesus at the epicenter of our faith, knowing who He is so that His glory would be revealed in us and through us on the earth.
How do we abide in the same glory that Jesus did? Only by the power of the Holy Spirit! John 16:8-10 says, “8And when he is come, he (the Holy Spirit) will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more.” One of the purposes of the Holy Spirit is to convict the world to repent of sin and turn to the righteousness of God. The reason the Holy Spirit, who is still on this earth because Jesus said He would send us a Comforter once He leaves the earth (John 14:16, 26-27; 16:7), convicts us is because Christ is interceding for us in heaven. As a result of Christ’s intercession, we should daily be sensitive to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit. Too many go to the altar simply to pray the conviction away, to get relief, but conviction is what reveals to us the will of God and allows us to draw closer to Him. Don’t pray it away, but welcome it with open arms and change as a result! If we become open to the moving and will of the Holy Spirit, He will still flood our churches with His glory. The Holy Spirit will not go where He is not welcome, and He surely will not go to a place where people are deceived to believe that He and His gifts have already died! Peter said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” (Acts 2:38-39) The promise of the Holy Spirit is still available even for this generation, and I want as much of the glory of God as I can receive. The reason He was poured out upon the 120 in the upper room is because they worshipped and prayed until something happened! It began with 500 who stood there watching Jesus ascend to the heavens (1 Corinthians 15:6), but only 120 truly believed the words of Jesus and waited in the upper room and Jerusalem. But because they waited did not mean that they sat there and did absolutely nothing! They prayed. Acts 1:14 says, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.” When your worship and intercession is in perfect alignment with the worship and intercession of heaven, heaven will ALWAYS come down to earth! That is what happened on the Day of Pentecost, and it is still available for this generation. The real question is, “How bad do you want heaven?” You don’t have to wait to die to get it. You can step into that realm today, but the proof of your desire is in your pursuit. If you want His glory, go after it with everything inside of you!
We become an answer to Christ’s intercession when we encounter the Holy Spirit so that we live with conviction and become just like Jesus upon the earth. When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, 120 people were immediately transformed into little Christ’s. That is who we are supposed to be on the earth today! John 14:12 says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” We enter the will of the Father and become the answer to Christ’s intercession when we do greater works than He did on the earth, and He did some very incredible things, insomuch that John 21:25, the last verse that closes the gospels, says, “And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” The books of the world cannot contain the miracles in which Jesus did, but where are the greater works? In fact, when has one healing or miracle followed us so significantly that it is even similar to a miracle that happened in Christ’s ministry? How many documented resurrections have you been a part of? Where are the greater works? These greater works do not make us greater than Jesus. That would be total blasphemy! The only way we can do greater works is because Christ is interceding to the Father, but if we are out of His will, then we are not the answer God is calling us to be. We must follow the conviction of the Holy Spirit and pursue the glory of God. We can still be that generation of believers in which we lay hands on the sick and see them recover, or even people step in our shadow and are healed. The problem with this generation is that we are way too arrogant and prideful. If we pray for someone and they are healed, we immediately want to credit ourselves for it, blasting it on Facebook or start writing a book about it. We have too many egos when we need to lay our egos on the altar and be a living sacrifice for God, giving Him all of the glory that He deserves! We must stop becoming idols and be transformed into the likeness of Christ by walking in unity, loving God and people, and being the gospel!