Message Five The Vision and Experience of Christ in His Ascension (2) Christ as the Divine High Priest Interceding for Us
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Scripture Reading: Heb. 7:16, 24-25; Rom. 8:34; Col. 3:1-4

Heb 7:16 Who has been appointed not according to the law of a fleshy commandment but according to the power of an indestructible life.

Heb 7:24 But He, because He abides forever, has His priesthood unalterable.

Heb 7:25 Hence also He is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.

Rom 8:34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ Jesus who died and, rather, who was raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

Col 3:1 If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth.

Col 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Col 3:4 When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.

 

I. In His ascension Christ is the divine High Priest—Heb. 7:24-25, 16:

Heb 7:24 But He, because He abides forever, has His priesthood unalterable.

Heb 7:25 Hence also He is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.

Heb 7:16 Who has been appointed not according to the law of a fleshy commandment but according to the power of an indestructible life.

 

A. Christ’s divinity constitutes Him a High Priest who is living, full of life, and able to continue His priesthood perpetually—v. 24.

Heb 7:24 But He, because He abides forever, has His priesthood unalterable.

B. Christ has been constituted the divine High Priest according to the powerful element of an indestructible life—the divine, eternal, uncreated, resurrection life that has passed through death and Hades; because of this indestructible life, the divine priesthood is the presence of life and the absence of death—v. 16; John 11:25; Rev. 1:18.

Heb 7:16 Who has been appointed not according to the law of a fleshy commandment but according to the power of an indestructible life.

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live;

Rev 1:18 And the living One; and I became dead, and behold, I am living forever and ever; and I have the keys of death and of Hades.

C. If we would experience and enjoy the ascended Christ as the divine High Priest, we need to pass through the realm of Christ’s earthly ministry and enter into the mystical realm of Christ’s heavenly ministry; furthermore, the ascended Christ with His divine priesthood must become subjectively objective to us in our experience—Heb. 9:12-15; 8:1; 1:3; 13:21; Rom. 8:34, 10; Col. 3:1; 1:27; 1 Cor. 15:45b; 6:17; Hymns, #536.

Heb 9:12 And not through the blood of goats and calves but through His own blood, entered once for all into the Holy of Holies, obtaining an eternal redemption.

Heb 9:13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who are defiled sanctifies to the purity of the flesh,

Heb 9:14 How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Heb 9:15 And because of this He is the Mediator of a new covenant, so that, death having taken place for redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, those who have been called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

Heb 8:1 Now in the things which are being said the chief point is this: We have such a High Priest, who sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,

Heb 1:3 Who, being the effulgence of His glory and the impress of His substance and upholding and bearing all things by the word of His power, having made purification of sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Heb 13:21 Perfect you in every good work for the doing of His will, doing in us that which is well pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Rom 8:34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ Jesus who died and, rather, who was raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

Rom 8:10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.

Col 3:1 If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Col 1:27 To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,

1 Cor 15:45b … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.

1 Cor 6:17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.

Hymns, #536.

1. Objective and subjective Christ is to us,

In heaven He’s pleading objectively thus;

Subjectively now in His members He lives

And inwardly to them His being He gives.

2 In heaven He sits at the right hand of God,

Where as the High Priest He presented His blood;

Our Advocate, bearing our burdens above,

Our Surety, He careth for us in His love.

3 He now is the Spirit, our spirit within;

He’s there as our life, all things bringing with Him;

He’s there as our strength and our grace every hour,

Our Paraclete in us, sustaining with pow’r.

4 In heaven for us He’s the glorified man,

The Forerunner entered, fulfilling God’s plan;

Man into God bringing and making him one

With God in the heav’nlies, in Him as the Son.

5 In us all the fulness of God dwells in Him;

As Spirit He brings God Himself thus within,

Revealing and making God real unto us,

God one with us building in life glorious.

6 The Savior ascended in heaven now dwells,

And soon He’s returning for us His Word tells;

Deliverer indwelling, He now in us lives,

And soon will transfigure, His glory to give.

7 The day soon is coming when heaven and earth

Will mingle in one in that city of worth;

Objective and subjective will in that day

Be mingled within us in glory for aye.

 

II. As the divine High Priest with an indestructible life, the ascended Christ is able to save us to the uttermost—Heb. 7:16, 25:

Heb 7:16 Who has been appointed not according to the law of a fleshy commandment but according to the power of an indestructible life.

Heb 7:25 Hence also He is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.

A. To be saved to the uttermost is to be saved completely, entirely, perfectly, for all time and eternity, and to the end; hence, His salvation reaches to the uttermost.

B. The divine priesthood is the saving power of the indestructible life; the divine life with all its riches as our supply will bring us into Christ’s perfection and glorification; to be saved to the uttermost is to be brought into Christ’s perfection—5:9; 7:28.

Heb 5:9 And having been perfected, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation,

Heb 7:28 For the law establishes men as high priests who have weakness, but the word of the oath, which was after the law, establishes the Son, perfected forever.

C. The ascended Christ can save us to the uttermost because He is living not only in the heavens but also in us; while He is living in the heavens, He is transmit­ting Himself into us—Col. 3:1; 1:27; Eph. 1:20-22; 3:17.

Col 3:1 If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Col 1:27 To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,

Eph 1:20 Which He caused to operate in Christ in raising Him from the dead and seating Him at His right hand in the heavenlies,

Eph 1:21 Far above all rule and authority and power and lordship and every name that is named not only in this age but also in that which is to come;

Eph 1:22 And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

Eph 3:17 That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

D. Christ in His divine priesthood saves us from death and the issues, the by-products, of death—1 Cor. 15:54-57:

1 Cor 15:54 And when this corruptible will put on incorruption and this mortal will put on immortality, then the word which is written will come to pass, "Death has been swallowed up unto victory."

1 Cor 15:55 Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?

1 Cor 15:56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.

1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

1. Sin caused a tremendous result—death; the issue of sin is death—Rom. 5:12.

Rom 5:12 Therefore just as through one man sin entered into the world, and through sin, death; and thus death passed on to all men because all have sinned-

2. According to the broadest understanding in the Bible of death, death includes vanity, corruption, sighing, groaning, and decay—8:20-23.

Rom 8:20 For the creation was made subject to vanity, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it,

Rom 8:21 In hope that the creation itself will also be freed from the slavery of corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groans together and travails in pain together until now.

Rom 8:23 And not only so, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan in ourselves, eagerly awaiting sonship, the redemption of our body.

3. Because of the issues of death, we need the salvation that comes through the divine priesthood.

4. The ascended Christ is able to save us from the by-products of death and bring us into His perfection; this is the saving of the divine priesthood of the ascended Christ, the saving to the uttermost—Heb. 7:25.

Heb 7:25 Hence also He is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.

E. Christ saves to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him; when we come forward to God through Christ, our divine High Priest, He saves us in the power of His resurrection and by the law of the Spirit of life—v. 25; 4:16; Phil. 3:10; Rom. 8:2.

Heb 7:25 Hence also He is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.

Phil 3:10 To know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,

Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life has freed me in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and of death.

 

III. As the divine High Priest, the ascended Christ is interceding for us, and we need to respond to His intercession—Heb. 7:25; Rom. 8:34; Col. 3:1-4:

Heb 7:25 Hence also He is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.

Rom 8:34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ Jesus who died and, rather, who was raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

Col 3:1 If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth.

Col 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Col 3:4 When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.

A. God has appointed Christ to take care of us, and He is now taking care of us by interceding for us:

1. Christ died for us, He was resurrected, and today in His ascension He is interceding for us and caring for us.

2. In Romans 8:34 Christ intercedes for us to be glorified (vv. 17, 30), and in Hebrews 7:25 Christ intercedes for us to be saved to the uttermost; being saved to the uttermost is the equivalent of glorification.

Rom 8:34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ Jesus who died and, rather, who was raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

Rom 8:17 And if children, heirs also; on the one hand, heirs of God; on the other, joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him that we may also be glorified with Him.

Rom 8:30 And those whom He predestinated, these He also called; and those whom He called, these He also justified; and those whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Heb 7:25 Hence also He is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.

3. Christ undertakes our case by interceding for us; He appears before God on our behalf, praying for us that we may be saved and brought fully into God’s eternal purpose—1 John 2:1; Heb. 9:24; Eph. 1:11; 3:11; 2 Tim. 1:9.

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

Heb 9:24 For Christ did not enter into a holy place made by hands, a figure of the true, but into heaven itself, to appear now before the face of God for us;

Eph 1:11 In whom also we were designated as an inheritance, having been predestinated according to the purpose of the One who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

Eph 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,

2 Tim 1:9 Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before the times of the ages

4. Our divine High Priest intercedes for us constantly, knowing how easy it is for us to fall and, once we have fallen, to remain in our fallen state; even­tually, His intercession will overcome, subdue, and save us—Rom. 5:10.

Rom 5:10 For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled,

B. The intercession of Christ as the divine High Priest requires our response—Heb. 7:25; Col. 4:2; Acts 12:1-5:

Heb 7:25 Hence also He is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.

Col 4:2 Persevere in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving,

Acts 12:1 Now about that time Herod the king laid hands on some from the church in order to mistreat them.

Acts 12:2 And he did away with James, the brother of John, with the sword.

Acts 12:3 And when he saw that it was pleasing to the Jews, he went on to arrest Peter also (now those were the days of unleavened bread),

Acts 12:4 Whom also he seized and put in prison, delivering him to four quaternions of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people.

Acts 12:5 So then Peter was kept in the prison; but prayer was being made fervently by the church to God concerning him.

1. We need to become on earth the reflection of Christ’s intercession in His heavenly ministry, praying the prayers of the interceding Christ—Rom. 8:26-27, 34.

Rom 8:26 Moreover, in like manner the Spirit also joins in to help us in our weakness, for we do not know for what we should pray as is fitting, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Rom 8:27 But He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to God.

Rom 8:34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ Jesus who died and, rather, who was raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

2. The purpose of our living with Christ is to be one with Him in His inter­cession for the churches—Col. 3:1-4:

Col 3:1 If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth.

Col 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Col 3:4 When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.

a. To seek the things which are above means that we correspond to Christ’s heavenly ministry—v. 1.

Col 3:1 If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

b. When we seek the things which are above, we respond to Christ’s heav­enly ministry and reflect it.

c. Through our prayer, Christ, the Head, is given a way to carry out His economy through His Body—1:18; 2:19; 3:1-2.

Col 1:18 And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;

Col 2:19 And not holding the Head, out from whom all the Body, being richly supplied and knit together by means of the joints and sinews, grows with the growth of God.

Col 3:1 If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth.

d. As Christ is interceding, we, the Body, are working on earth, responding to His intercession and reflecting what He is doing—Heb. 2:17; 4:14; 7:26; 8:1-2; Rev. 5:6.

Heb 2:17 Hence He should have been made like His brothers in all things that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in the things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

Heb 4:14 Having therefore a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast the confession.

Heb 7:26 For such a High Priest was also fitting to us, holy, guileless, undefiled, separated from sinners and having become higher than the heavens,

Heb 8:1 Now in the things which are being said the chief point is this: We have such a High Priest, who sat down on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,

Heb 8:2 A Minister of the holy places, even of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.

Rev 5:6 And I saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing as having just been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

3. Between Christ in heaven and us on earth, there is a divine transmission, a heavenly current—Eph. 1:22:

Eph 1:22 And He subjected all things under His feet and gave Him to be Head over all things to the church,

a. The more we receive this transmission, the more we will respond to the intercession of the ascended Christ as the divine High Priest—Heb. 7:25.

Heb 7:25 Hence also He is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.

b. If we continuously receive the divine transmission, experiencing the trans­action between the ascended Christ and us, we will respond to Christ’s interceding, and the Lord will have a way to move on earth for the ful­fillment of God’s eternal purpose—Eph. 1:11; 3:11; Rom. 8:28.

Eph 1:11 In whom also we were designated as an inheritance, having been predestinated according to the purpose of the One who works all things according to the counsel of His will,

Eph 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,

Rom 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

4. If we seek the things which are above and have one life and one living with Christ, we will be wholly occupied with the Lord’s enterprise—Col. 3:1-4, 17:

Col 3:1 If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your mind on the things which are above, not on the things which are on the earth.

Col 3:3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

Col 3:4 When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.

Col 3:17 And whatever you do in word or in deed, do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

a. Our heart will be with Him in heaven, where He is interceding for the churches, supplying the saints, and administrating God’s government.

b. We should aspire to be one with the Lord in His heavenly ministry and to have a heart that is one with His heart, and we should long to be one with the ascended Christ in His intercession.

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