Bought by the Blood

August 3, 2009

Jesus role in securing my salvation

Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. – Hebrews 7:25
but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” – Luke 22:32

We now find ourselves at the fourth reason why the Westminster Confession of Faith says that we can’t lose our salvation.  Citing Hebrews 7:25 and Luke 22:32 the Westminster Confession of Faith states that because of Christ continual interceding for us we can have assurance of our salvation.  The first three reasons spoke of what God has done for us by His actions, attributes and decrees, but here in this reason we find Christ role in securing our salvation.  Here we see Christ as our older brother, doing what we can’t and lifting us up to Heaven through His prayers.  Christ has met the standards and expectations of the Father, so that all of the family of God can have a way to be right with God.  Without His completed work we would not be able to come to God justified and blameless in His sight.

Jesus death on the cross has gained us access into the new covenant.  Because of this we have a high priest who is forever interceding before the Father on our behalf.  In the old covenant, the priest were sinful and needed a sacrifice so that they could go before God to intercede for us.  Jesus is perfectly righteous and He has committed no sins, therefore He is free to spend eternity seated at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf.  Nothing can separate us from God’s love and we can forever be in His presence and near to Him because Jesus has brought us close by His blood.  The separation that sin had created is no more because Jesus’ blood speaks a better word then sin can and by His redemption we have an eternal inheritance that can never be taken away (Hebrews 9:15 and 12:24).

Jesus knows our weaknesses and that we are prone to sin and having a faith that wavers.  Let us take confidence in the fact that He never wavers.  Although we may deny Him like Peter, He is still faithful to pray for us and guarantees that our faith will not fail.  Even though we may sink when we see the winds of doubt, He is quick to reach out to us and pick us up.  He is not just the author of our faith, but He is also the perfecter of our faith, how sweet it is that since He has given us faith, He will also perfect that faith in us (Hebrews 12:2).  This is a promise which is why He can tell Peter, “When you have turned again,” not, “If you turn again, which I sure do hope you do because that would completely ruin my plans.”

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