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