The all-prevailing agent

Posted: March 4, 2013 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship, The Christian Life

“Our Lord Jesus Christ is doing for His people the work which the Jewish high-priest of old did on behalf of the Israelites. He is acting as the manager, the representative, the mediator in all things between His people and God.

He is ever presenting on their behalf His own perfect sacrifice, and His all sufficient merit, before God the Father. He is ever obtaining daily supplies of fresh mercy and of fresh grace for His poor, weak servants, who need daily mercy for daily sins, and daily grace for daily necessities.

He ever prays for them.  He presents their names before God the Father. He carries their names upon His heart, the place of love; and upon His shoulder, the place of power, as the high-priest carried the names of all the tribes of Israel, from the least to the greatest, when he wore his robes of office. He presents their prayers before God. They go up before God the Father mingled with Christ’s all-prevailing intercession, and so are so acceptable in God’s sight.

He lives, in one word, to be the friend, the advocate, the priest, the all-prevailing agent, of all who are His members here upon earth.”

— J. C. Ryle
Old Paths
(Edinburgh, UK: Banner of Truth, 1999), 441

HT:OFI

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