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Jesus came because there was no eligible intercessor between man and God. No one was fit for that role! As the Bible says in Isaiah 59:16
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“And He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him”
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The word translated intercessor here also means “rescuer”. God saw there was no body fit enough to rescue the people on His behalf, there was no mediator who would bring salvation to the people and God brought salvation with His own arms!
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I like it when the light of the gospel sheds across portions of the old testament! It makes a lot of sense and even explains to a deeper extent what God has done. Jesus is God who came in the flesh! The bible says in John 1:1 & 14 GNB
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“In the beginning the word already existed; the word was with God and the word was God.”
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“The Word became a human being and, full of grace and truth, lived among us….”
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Now you see, in Jesus, God brought salvation and righteousness, doing all things all by Himself through Himself. As Jesus stretched forth His arms, allowing the nails to pierce through His palms, tightening into the hardened wood of the cross, He offered Himself once and for all, for the salvation of mankind! Putting to man, His own righteousness and putting on Himself the sins of the entire world!
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In Him, man became righteous and ever righteousness regardless of the records! A criminal who believed in Him right there on the cross became worthy of being with Him in paradise, not because he confessed his sins and asked for forgiveness but because he believed in Jesus as an innocent one bearing the sins of another even his own sins… He believed in the life only Jesus could give therefore requesting to be remembered in paradise!
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In this exact way, we receive God’s salvation and righteousness not based on merit! We don’t merit it, we can’t merit it! We receive it by faith based on Grace! We are simply graced! We used to be miserable sinners until our identity changed in Christ. Our efforts contributes nothing, it doesn’t make God love us more, He just loves us like that! He loves us anyhow… Like anyhow and the devil can’t help it!
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Only the display of God’s love for us made the mad devil become “madder”. The devil loosed his grip on us because God brought us His salvation and righteousness by His own arms, setting us free from the shackles of sin and death!
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Now, something got the devil even more crazier, God made us one with Jesus in the sense that we have become intercessors too, doing the work of Jesus and reconciling the world to God. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:17 GNB
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“He who joins himself to the Lord becomes spiritually one with him.”
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The Bible also says in 2 Peter 1:4 “whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”
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One more place I’d like us to read is 1 John 4:17 which says “Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement: because as He is, so are we in this world”
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Since we are like Christ on this earth, we have been given the exact work of Christ, to carry out the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:19), to continue from what Jesus has done throughout His earthly ministry. Jesus said in John 14:12
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“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall He do also; and greater works than these shall He do; because I go to my father.”
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Jesus didn’t say we are going to do our own works, we are simply continuing in the works that He is doing. He continues to work in us both to will and do (Philippians 2:13). Jesus also didn’t say we are going to do greater works than Him because He isn’t putting a pause! What Jesus was saying is “greater than what you have experienced shall you do”, we were going to do greater performances because He was going to the father and His “going to the father” meant “the coming of the Holy Spirit” (John 16:7). So if we should rephrase what Jesus has said in the light of the new creation realities, we would say
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“He that believes in Jesus will do the works of Jesus and do even greater works than was recorded because the Spirit of God has been poured out”
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As recipients of the Holy Spirit, we have been anointed to rescue people from darkness into the marvelous light of God! We have been sent forth to preach the gospel of Jesus which is God’s power unto salvation! We are simply saviours! In other words, we are God’s outstretched arms!
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Let’s get to work!
Glory to God!
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#GracefulGeorge

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