Christ’s Intercession For Us, Pt. 2

Hebrews 7:22-25 says, “22By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament. 23And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: 24But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. 25Wherefore 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.”
Christ interceded for us even when before He went to the cross, but He became our High Priest forever after He died (Hebrews 9:11). His last words before dying was, “It is finished” (John 19:30), because His mission on earth had been completed, but the work had really just begun. He had prophesied saying, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19). He was speaking concerning His bodily temple because a transition had now been established. We went from Moses’ Tabernacle to David’s Tent, to Solomon’s Temple, to you becoming the Temple! 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “19What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? 20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” After the 120 were endued with power from on high, they immediately transitioned to becoming the temple of the Holy Spirit. It was more than just going to the temple, but it was now about being the church every single day. Christ resurrected so that the glory of God can be deposited within us and we become agents of awakening through intercession and authentic evangelism. The Holy Spirit convicts us so that we will cleanse our temples of any sin or corruption that may exist within us and reflect His glory upon the earth. You have been chosen to be the church, the called out ones, on the earth, for 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” Since Christ is the High Priest, we are part of that royal priesthood, meaning that we too are called to intercession. Intercession is not just a calling for a prayer team at church. This is a mandate for every single believer upon the earth because through intercession we show forth the praises of our God, who has delivered from darkness and brought us into His light, from sin to righteousness, from depression to His glory!
We are the royal priesthood, and Christ is our High Priest. Before Jesus went to heaven, after He died, He descended into the heart of the earth. After people died in the Old Testament, people did not go to heaven, but they went into the heart of the earth to paradise. The reason is because when Lucifer sinned in heaven, it took the blood of a Lamb, Jesus Christ, to purge that sin. Why would we go to heaven if sin was in heaven? Instead, people would go to paradise, which could be seen from hell. It is the reason why Abel’s blood cried from the ground. It is also the reason why in Luke 16 that the rich man, while in hell, could lift up his eyes, in the middle of his torment, and see Lazarus, the ulcer-filled beggar that once sat at his gate, in paradise, which was known as Abraham’s bosom. That rich man did not want his rich mansion back, but rather just Lazarus to go dip his finger in water, cross the great gulf that separated paradise and hell, and cool his tongue, but their destiny was set in stone. Once the last breath leaves your body in this planet, there is not another chance!
The time in between His death and resurrection, Jesus went into paradise in hell to preach His final message. When He said, “It is finished,” His mission on earth was complete, and now He could go into hell and prevail over the works of Satan permanently. In that time, He took the keys of death, hell and the grave. 1 Peter 3:18-19 says, “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits (not bodies) in prison.” His message was so convincing and powerful that Hell had to give up its keys! It truly broke hell’s chains! He is most definitely the preacher of preachers! Christ did not go preach to the souls that were tormenting in the flames of hell because they were in a hopeless state, but He went to preach to those in paradise, to the spirits that were in captivity. He preached who He was and what He was there to do, to serve the devil an eviction notice on paradise. Abraham, Moses, Elisha, Joshua, all of the Old Testament saints and prophets were in that congregation, along with the spirits that kept them there. After His message was through, He took these saints with Him, as they were resurrected. That is the reason why “many saints that were in the grave arose” (Matthew 27:52-53) and they walked down through the streets of Jerusalem, walking and talking with those on the wayside. It confirmed that Jesus was the firstly ripened of the harvest, along with the Old Testament saints, for the blood of a pure Lamb set them free! They would all ascend to heaven, and, trust me, we will see them soon! Jesus Christ and those old saints are the first fruits of the resurrection, but we too will be resurrected with them at the rapture of the church. Those saints that died before the resurrection of Christ also resurrected with Him, receiving their glorified bodies and ascending to heaven, no longer experiencing the curse of sin, which is pain or death, and not being confined or limited to time or space. That is why John 20:19 teaches that when the disciples, except for Thomas, were assembled by themselves for the fear of the Jews and had shut the door, Jesus came in and walked among them. Nothing was hidden from Christ in His spiritual state, and He could walk through walls or doors because He had a physical appearance without any restraint. Those believers along with Christ became the firstfruits of them that slept, resurrecting and ascending to heaven. Now, As part of the main harvest, we too will resurrect and go to heaven! We no longer go into paradise in the heart of the earth when we die, but while our bodies sleep in the ground because God does not see His people as dead but alive, our spirit and soul go to heaven. It is not like our souls just wonder on the earth or that we are non existent until the resurrection, but we are as Lazarus, carried by the angels of the LORD into paradise (Luke 16:22; 2 Corinthians 12:4; Revelation 2:7). It is why 1 Thessalonians 4:14 says, “For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” Those saints that have died since the resurrection of Jesus will God bring with Him at the rapture of the church so that their spirits can meet their bodies and their bodies can be resurrected! Verses 15-18 says, “15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.” Those who have died will be resurrected, but those who are alive at the catching away of the church will be changed, for 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 says, “51Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” If you are alive, you will not die but be immediately changed. Yes, Hebrews 9:27 says, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”, but that appointment can be cancelled! We have a living hope because we will be changed from glory to glory to glory in Him at the coming of the LORD! It pays to stay humble, watching, praying and ready to go because He will come at an hour we think not!