What is the…
intercession of Christ
Jesus Christ’s priestly office consists of these two parts…
the offering up of himself as a sacrifice
making continual intercession for us
When on Earth, He made intercession for his people (Luke 23:34; John 17:20; Hebrews 5:7), but now he exercises this function of his priesthood in Heaven, where He is said to appear in the presence of God the Father for us (Hebrews 9:12, 24).
His advocacy with the Father for his people rests on the basis of his own all-perfect sacrifice. Thus he pleads for and obtains the fulfillment of all the promises of the everlasting covenant (1 John 2:1; John 17:24; Hebrews 7:25). He can be “touched with the feeling of our infirmities,” and is both a merciful and a faithful high priest (Hebrews 2:17, 18; 4:15, 16). This intercession is an essential part of his mediatorial work. Through him we have “access” to the Father (John 14:6; Ephesians 2:18; 3:12). “The communion of his people with the Father will ever be sustained through him as mediatorial Priest” (Psalms 110:4; Rev. 7:17).
Article Version: January 24, 2019