God is holy. He is distinct, separate, in a class by Himself.  He is righteous and pure and cannot lie.  But you and I are not like God.  Psalms 24:3-4 “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?  Or who may stand in His holy place?  He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.”  But you and I are sinners.  Romans 3:10-18 “As it is written:  ‘There is none righteous, no, not one; there is none who understands; there is none who seeks after God.  They have all turned aside; they have together become unprofitable; there is none who does good, no, not one.’  ‘Their throat is an open tomb; with their tongues they have practiced deceit’; ‘The poison of asps is under their lips’; ‘whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.’ ‘Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known.’ ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes.’” Since God is so holy, you need a mediator between you and God.  1 Timothy 2:5-6 “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”  A mediator is one who intervenes between two persons who are at variance, with a view to reconcile them. 

Jesus is your mediator with God.  He is your perfect mediator, because He is the son of God and yet he lived His life upon this earth.  Hebrews 4:14-16 “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.  For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 7:23-25 “Also there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing.  But He (Jesus), because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood.  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.”

An intercessor is one who entreats on the behalf of another.  When you pray to God and confess your sin and weakness or you make a request of God, Jesus is your intercessor.  He entreats God on your behalf.  It is as if Jesus says to God “Here is one of your children.  He is confessing his sin and weakness.  His heart is humble before you.  Remember that I died on the cross and took his sins upon me that day.  Listen to his request and be merciful and gracious to his plea.” Romans 8:34 “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.”  The Bible says that the Holy Spirit is also your intercessor.  Romans 8:26-27 “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.  Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”  The Spirit who dwells within you knows your thoughts, knows your heart, and knows your needs.  He knows both what you need and how to present your request before God.

Jesus is also spoken about as your Advocate.  1 John 2:1-2 “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.  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.”  An advocate is one who speaks for you, who presents your case to gain a favorable outcome.  Jesus is your advocate.  He is also the propitiation for your sins.  Which means he is your atoning sacrifice, your substitute.  He paid the price for your sins and made peace for you with God.

Jesus is your mediator, your intercessor, your advocate and the propitiation for your sins. The Holy Spirit also intercedes for you.  What amazing help you have in approaching your Holy Heavenly Father!  “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  (Hebrews 4:16)

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