23 SEPTEMBER 365 Days with Calvin

Our Interceding Priest

Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25

suggested further reading: 1 John 2:1–11

The chief good of man is to be united to God, who is the fountain of life and of all blessings, but man’s own unworthiness drives him away from any access to God.

The particular office of a mediator is to help us in this respect; to stretch out his hand that he may lead us to heaven. The writer of Hebrews alludes to the ancient shadows of the law, for though the high priest carried the names of the twelve tribes on his shoulders and symbols of the tribes on his breast, yet he alone entered the sanctuary of God while the people stood in the court. Today, in reliance on Christ the Mediator, we enter by faith into heaven, for no longer does any veil intervene between us and God. God openly appears to us and lovingly invites us to come to him.

The text goes on to assure us: Seeing he ever liveth. What a pledge this is, and how great is Christ’s love toward us! Christ lives for us, not for himself. He was received into a blessed immortality to reign in heaven for our sake, as the apostle declares. The life, the kingdom, and the glory of Christ were all destined for our salvation. Christ has nothing that may not be applied to our benefit, for he has been given to us by the Father once for all and on the condition that everything of his should be ours.

At the same time, this text teaches us that Christ performs this office as a priest, for only a priest may intercede for the people so they may obtain favor with God. This is what Christ is ever doing, for it was for this purpose that he rose from the dead. Through his continual intercession, he claims for himself the office of priest.

for meditation: The intercession of Christ is a glorious doctrine that, to our detriment, is seldom addressed today. Yet it is one of the most comforting truths in all the Bible. To know that Christ is praying for us every moment—also in times of such affliction and pain that we can scarcely pray—can give us strength to carry the heaviest of burdens. Are you relying on Christ’s intercession on a regular basis? How can you get more comfort from this doctrine?[1]

[1] Calvin, J., & Beeke, J. R. (2008). 365 Days with Calvin (p. 285). Leominster; Grand Rapids, MI: Day One Publications; Reformation Heritage Books.

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