What is Jesus doing in the heavenly sanctuary?

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Jesus is ministering in the heavenly sanctuary for the saints “We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man” (Hebrews 8:1,2).

Christ is our intercessor and advocate with the Father in the heavenly sanctuary is clearly stated in Scripture (Heb. 7:25; 9:24; 1 John 2:1; Heb. 4:14–16; 9:11, 12).“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” (Hebrew 7:25).

This must not be taken to mean that God needs to be persuaded to do good things for His people, for it was He who so loved the world that He gave His only Son. The nature of this divine intercession may, perhaps, be illustrated by Christ’s intercessory prayer for His disciples (John 17:11, 12, 24).

Here, Paul is saying that it is not a dead but a living Christ upon whom he depends. It is not only a living Christ but a Christ enthroned in power. It is not only a Christ in power but a Christ of saving love, who ever lives to make intercession in the heavenly sanctuary for His struggling people (Heb. 7:25). Paul gives the assurance that nothing can separate the Christian from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35).

The Bible pictures all of heaven constantly at work to save the elect. Paul has spoken of the work of the Father in calling, justifying, and glorifying. He has described the leading and intercession of Christ and of the Holy Spirit. The angels are represented as ministering spirits, who are “sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Heb. 1:14). Heaven could do nothing more. If a man is eternally lost, it can only be the result of his own decision to resist and reject God’s loving purpose and power to save.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

 

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