“On Our Behalf” is part of “A Christ-Centered Identity: Discovering Your God-Given Identity in His Son.” The book is scheduled to be released at the end of February, 2017. If you’ve been blessed by these posts, please write a review in Amazon when the book comes out.
On Our Behalf
For Christ has entered, not into holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true things, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf. . . . he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
When we consider the gospel, we consider Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. To the Philippians Paul wrote: “To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you” (Phil. 3:1). We always need to be reminded of the great gospel truths. Actually, Paul also stated that we must “hold fast to the word [the gospel] I preached to you—unless you believed in vain” (1 Cor. 15:1-4). Persevering faith is the evidence of saving faith.
We’ve come to our last verses about Christ’s intercession. The author of Hebrews reminds us that the Tabernacle, the Temple, and the whole sacrificial system “are copies of the true things.” They are a shadow, indicating a far greater substance.
After Jesus had died and rose again, He entered, “not into holy places made with hands . . . but into heaven itself.” As mentioned before, the High Priest had to also present the sacrifice with its blood to God. Jesus entered heaven, “now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf.” He’s our representative.
When He was born, “he took on him the seed of Abraham.” Everything He did—in His life, death, and resurrection—He did for us. Even now, He’s in God’s presence “on our behalf.” How does He intercede for us? He pleads His righteous life as our righteous life and His sacrificial death as our sacrificial death. There’s a perfect union between Him and His body.
He appeared “once for all . . . to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.” That sacrifice has been so complete and conclusive that there’s no charge against any of His people. Yes, we still daily sin, but Jesus has put away our sins. There’s full forgiveness and complete justification. That’s certainly good news!
The Devotional Writer