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34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

 

who also makes intercession [keeps on interceding] for us.

In the previous phrase we have Jesus’ session (seated at the right hand of the Father) and in this phrase we have His intercession. Both His session and intercession play a role in our eternal security defense. His session places Jesus at the right hand of the Father, a place of right and authority. His intercession based on His session has the strongest appeal possible to the Father.

Jesus personally pleads our cause before the Father. He is our Defense Attorney. This idea continues the legal theme. Jesus cannot at the same time both condemn and intercede.

He 7: 25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

1 Jn 2: 1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

Jesus will continually intercede for us until we are safe eternally. He constantly advocates for us personally.

PRINCIPLE:

Jesus makes intercession for us until we are safe in heaven.

APPLICATION:

As long as Jesus makes intercession (which is ongoing and for all time), no one can challenge the believer’s salvation. Jesus pleads His finished work of salvation on our behalf. Nothing can daunt the work of Christ. Nothing can condemn the believer. There is no sin too big for God to forgive. Accusers can accuse but they cannot condemn.

Christians can be assured of their salvation because of (1) the death of Christ, (2) His resurrection, (3) His session at the right hand of the Father, and (4) His intercession on our behalf.

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