He Still Prays

While the work of redemption is finished, the work to bring men to it is not.


John 17:9 – I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.


Take a moment and read our Text for Today once more.  Now think for a moment of the current ministry of our Lord Jesus.  At this moment, He is seated on the right hand of the Father, where, as our High Priest, He ever lives to make intercession for us according to the will of the Father.  I realize this runs contrary to popular thought in much of the church today, but the truth is still unchanging.  Jesus has already done all He can do to save the lost.  He was the Word Who became flesh, born of a virgin, and living as a prophet under the Old Covenant.  He suffered and died the death of the cross, was buried, and raised from the dead three days later.  Through His work, He has already redeemed mankind from the curse of the law, and has ascended to the right hand of Father having fully accepted His role as Head of the body of Christ and High Priest of the Church, where He is now seated and makes intercession for the church.  There is NO additional work that can do or needs to do for the salvation of any man.  That work is now in the hands of the church to carry out the commands of the Lord with the empowering and authorizing of Holy Spirit.  It is NOW the work of the church to “to into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature; to heal the sick; to cast out devils; to baptize in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost; to make disciples.  All that is OUR work, NOT His.  And He has given us Holy Spirit to make that possible in His Name and Power (dunamis) and Authority (exousia).

But we must NEVER forget that His work does indeed continue day by day, moment by moment.  HE STILL PRAYS.  And in fact, it might be better stated to say, HE IS ALWAYS PRAYING!  Once again I repeat the words, He ever lives to make intercession for the saints according to the will of Father.  While in the earth, some people pray to live, there, on the right hand of Father, Jesus LIVES TO PRAY.  Think of this.  Any time we pray according to the will of God, we know He hears us.  And we know that if He hears us, we have what we asked of Him.  As our High Priest, Jesus, seated on Father’s right hand, stands with you in faith for every prayer you utter that is according to the Word of God.  He is perfectly fulfilling His role as High Priest for us each and every moment we live.  How thankful we should be! 

Manna for Today – John 17; Hebrews 7:22-28; Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-20; Matthew 9:38;     Luke 10:2; Romans 8:27;  1 John 5:14-15




Manifested Name – Part Ten

Let us NEVER forget or forsake the Masterwork of SANCTIFICATION…..so necessary.


John 17:6a – I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world:


Read our Text for Today once more.  Jesus said He had manifested Father’s Name unto those Father had given Him.  Do you belong to Jesus?   If you do, you are in a better place today than those Father had given Jesus when He made this statement, for those who had been given to Jesus at that time lived under the Old Covenant.  You, on the other hand, live under the New Covenant.  And since you live in a better place today, at the very least, all that was revealed to those who belonged to Jesus under the Old Covenant has already been revealed unto you, and that includes Father’s “MANIFESTED NAME.”  And in our daily study of late examining Father’s “MANIFESTED NAME,” we come today to the final name in this examination series – JEHOVAH M’KADDESH – the LORD our SANCTIFIER.

To be sanctified is a power of great strength and honor in the Lord.  In its fullness, it means “to be physically pure, morally blameless, spiritually consecrated.”  In a single word, it means to be “HOLY.”  Without “holiness,” “no man shall see God” (Hebrews 12:14).  Think of that statement.  In order for any man/woman to behold Jehovah God, that man/woman MUST BE HOLY!  There is no other means by which any man/woman can stand before God, justified.  And that, of course, means the being holy is not a matter of man behaving himself into the presence of God, or working himself into the presence of God, or by some means earning his way into the presence of God.  For you see, the Bible also declares that “the just shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17).

From that simple reasoning, one should clearly see that being holy, being righteous, knowing and under-standing the MANIFESTED NAME of JEHOVAH M’KADDESH – the LORD our SANCTIFIER, must arise from and eternally exist in the work and manifestation of FAITH.   And that being the case, we can ultimately come to only one place in our lives to live in and enjoy that MANIFESTED NAME of JEHOVAH M’KADDESH, and that is the Word of God.  And the manner by which we come to such a conclusion is simple.  The just shall live by faith; without faith it is impossible to please God; faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God; faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen; we are saved (born again and made holy) by grace through faith; our defensive shield to quench all the fiery darts of Satan is faith; faith is part of the fruit of the spirit; and through faith in Jesus Christ, I can do all things.  FAITH IS THE ANCHOR THAT HOLDS US IN THE HANDS OF JEHOVAH-M’KADDESH – the LORD our SANCTIFIER.  And Jesus has MANIFESTED His NAME to us.

Manna for Today – John 17; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 4:18-21;       John 8:29; Luke 1:37; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 12:35-37