First the Question: There is ONE God, and ONE mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 2:5. That means NOT Mary, Angels, Priests, Shaman, or any one or any thing else. True or False?
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And now the answer to the LLM Question of 10-4-2011
Question: When we, by Faith in Christ, meet God at Calvary, we become the sons of God, a relationship which is established once and for all. True or False?
Answer: TRUE! As the LORD Jesus Christ, the Righteous, was delivered for our offenses and was raised again for our justification (Romans 4:24-25) to establish our relationship, He has for more than 2000 years been the living Intercessor in the presence of God in heaven to maintain the believer’s fellowship. Only justified, redeemed people have an Advocate, (and only Christ can maintain that relationship, NOT US!). Now, on this question, out of 702 responses, 95.5% of you got it RIGHT! PRAISE GOD! Therefore,
Today let us consider, THE GOSPEL OF JOHN....THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST, pt. 17 of 24
THE TRINITY IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN
We read these interesting words in 1 John 2:1, “if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Here we learn that the LORD Jesus Christ is the Christian’s ‘ADVOCATE’ with the Father.
Now, there is MORE here than the implication, that those redeemed by the Grace of God and the Faith in Christ, Who is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world, need an Advocate with God, our Father in heaven. (1 John 2:2). In Hebrews 7:25 we learn that the Father and the Son are able to save to the uttermost (all the way to end), believers who come unto the Father through the Son. Because the Son ever liveth to make intercession for them. In Hebrews 9:24 we learn that Christ has entered into heaven itself, there to appear in the presence of the Father FOR Christians. Prayerfully consider this wonderful, blessed truth.
The LORD Jesus on the cross put sin away by the sacrifice of Himself (Hebrews 9:26), there suffering for sin ONCE, the Just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18), there making peace by the blood of His cross (Colossians 1:20) and becoming the propitiation for the sins of the whole world. He, by the Grace of God tasted death for every man (Hebrews 2:9). Christ gave Himself a ransom for all (1 Timothy 2:6). Every person should know that when we by the Faith in Christ meet God at Calvary we become the sons of God, a relationship which is established once for all. (Hebrews 10:10). As the LORD Jesus Christ, the Righteous, was delivered for our offenses and was raised again for our justification (Romans 4:24-25) to establish our relationship, He has for more than 2000 years been the living Intercessor in the presence of God in heaven to maintain the believer’s fellowship. Only justified, redeemed people have an Advocate, (and only Christ can maintain that relationship, NOT US!).
When we read in Hebrews 7:25, that, because of the ceaseless intercession of the Son of God in heaven, God is able to save believers ‘all the way to the end’, we think of Christ in John 13:1 and John 17:24, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession (Hebrews 3:1), “having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them to the end”, and “Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am, that they may behold My Glory.” Inasmuch as no one is able to pluck believers out of the hand of the Son or the Father (John 10:28-29), Christ’s prayer will be answered. Believers will be saved all the way to the end. (Philippians 1:6, and Romans 8:38-39, 1 Corinthians 11:32).
The Greek word translated ‘ADVOCATE’ in 1 John 2:1 is ‘PARAKLETOS’. ‘PARAKLETOS’ is from “PARAKALEO,” meaning ‘CALL NEAR’. So the believer has a Paraclete in heaven in the presence of the Father.
In John 14:16-26, John 15:26, and John 16:7, the Greek ‘PARAKLETOS’ is translated ‘COMFORTER’, referring to the Holy Spirit. Of course you and I would like to know why the word ‘PARAKLETOS’, referring to the Second Person of the Trinity, is translated ‘ADVOCATE’, and referring to the Third Person, the Holy Spirit, is translated ‘COMFORTER’. But we do know that they are both ‘INTERCESSORS’, as we learn in Hebrews 7:25 and Romans 8:26-27.
We have already quoted the words of Hebrews 7:25. Now let us note prayerfully and carefully Romans 8:26-27, “The Spirit, also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: the Spirit Himself maketh intercessions for us (Christians) with groanings which cannot be uttered. He maketh intercession for the saints according to will of God.” When the LORD Jesus Christ, as the believer’s ‘PARACLETE’, was washing the feet of believers in John 13, He was indeed a ‘PERSON’. So a ‘PARACLETE’ is a ‘PERSON’. This ‘PARACLETE’ promised that the Father would send ‘ANOTHER PARACLETE’. (John 14:16). Although God does not have a body of flesh, He is a ‘PERSON’. Although the HOLY SPIRIT does not have a body of flesh and blood He is a ‘PERSON’, “ANOTHER PARACLETE.” Each word, ‘another’ and ‘Parakletos’, proves that the Holy Spirit is a ‘PERSON’.
A believer who is born of God through the Faith in the LORD Jesus Christ (John 1:12-13, Galatians 3:26), is at the same time born of the Holy Spirit (John 3:5) and BAPTIZED BY the Holy Spirit INTO the BODY OF CHRIST. Every member of that BODY is sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption, the Holy Spirit being the earnest of that Body member’s inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession. Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 4:30, 2 Cor. 1:22.
“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” Acts 16:31, while there is still time!
So There You Have it!
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Grace be to you and peace, from God: our Father, and The LORD Jesus Christ.
In The LORD Jesus Christ,
The Lion and Lamb Ministry
Pastor David Picos, D.D.
Minister and Ambassador for Christ in the Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)