The Christ who died to secure our salvation is the also the Christ who forever lives to maintain it.
"He is able to save them to the uttermost who come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:25).
In the Old Testament, Job mourned that "there is no daysman (mediator) betwixt us" (Job 9:33). The New Testament, conversely, rings with the declaration of reconciling grace: "There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (I Timothy 2:5). The Lord Jesus, by His death, resurrection, ascension, and Heavenly intercession for those who trust Him, spans the gap between ourselves and our Heavenly Father. "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans 5:1). Our Savior is said to "now appear in the presence of God for us" (Hebrews 9:24). Whenever we think ourselves unworthy to approach, we do well to affirm Christ's worthiness on our behalf: "Of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us… righteousness" (I Corinthians 1:30). Indeed, the Lord Jesus flung wide open the door of Heaven for God's trusting children, and He alone maintains our rightful place to forevermore abide in our home wherein "His mercy is everlasting" (Psalm 100:5).
In times of faithfulness, Christ alone maintains our access to God. In times of unfaithfulness, Christ maintains that same access. We come by Him, or we do not come at all. "We have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand and rejoice in hope of the glory of God" (Romans 5:2). The saint tempted by pride must remember that our best moments do not qualify us for our Heavenly place and status. The saint tempted by despair must remember that our worst moments do not hinder our access to God so long as we come in humble humility, repentance, and the faith of yet another great hymn, "Nothing in my hand I bring, only to Thy cross I cling!" "I am the way" declared the Lord Jesus (John 14:6). None other exists, nor do we need any other. The Intercessor who "ever liveth" and ever intercedes assures us of that. Let us avail ourselves of such wondrous grace because growing and consistent faithfulness on our part results from growing and consistent discovery of perfect faithfulness on His part.
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."
(I John 2:1)
Weekly Memory Verse
O the depths of both the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!