What about eternity? The work of the Mediator goes on in eternity! (1) His work as a Prophet goes on - teaching His people forever - leading them to living fountains of water. More and more we are being led into the Truth and being taught by the Great Prophet Christ! (2) Christ's Kingship goes on as He is the Head of His people forever. (3) Our continuance in heaven is dependent upon His Priestly intercession for us - Christ ever lives to make intercession for us
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The Mediator in the Garden of Eden! "What was the first act of the Mediator? It was to come into the garden immediately after man's sin and to search for Adam. Not to leave Adam to die and perish but to come into the garden and to ask him... 'where art thou'? In Genesis 3, footsteps were heard in the garden in the cool of the day. Whose footsteps? The Angel of the Covenant-- God taking on human form in the Old Testament. The Angel of the Covenant intercedes. Adam is not immediately cast into hell. Spiritual death occurs but not physical death or eternal death. Physical death begins but the Mediator is there stepping into the breach and He says the seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent's head. I will crush Satan's head and there He is acting as the priest. A few verses later He's taking animals and killing these animals and taking their skins and clothing Adam and Eve. The Great Priest Himself showed them through sacrifices to look forward to the great sacrifice of Christ Himself!"
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We need a priest - a very special Priest! Why do we need a priest? We need a priest because we are sinners under condemnation and God's wrath (Rom 1:18)
How can we approach GOD without a priest? We can't because our GOD is a consuming fire (Heb 12:29)
"Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity..." (Hab 1:13a)
What is a priest? A man sent to GOD on behalf of men
1. He is man's representative before GOD (Heb 2:17)
2. He offers both gifts and sacrifices for sins (Heb 5:1)
3. He intercedes and prays for us (Heb 7:25)
"...And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1b)
Westminster Shorter Catechism
Q. 25. How does Christ execute the office of a priest?
A. Christ executes the office of a priest, in his once offering up of Himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God, and in making continual intercession for us
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Rev. William Macleod was born on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. He was educated at Aberdeen University, the Free Church of Scotland College (Edinburgh) and Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia). Ordained to the ministry in 1976, he is currently minister of Thornwood Free Church of...