The Priesthood of Christ does not cease with his work of atonement but continues forever. In the presence of God he fulfills the second office of the priest, namely that of intercession.

<580723> Hebrews 7:23-25 ? ?priests many in number, because that by death they are hindered from continuing: but he, because he abideth forever, hath his priesthood unchangeable. Wherefore also he is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.? C. H. M. on <021712>Exodus 17:12 ? ?The hands of our great Intercessor never hang down, as Moses? did, nor does he need any one to hold them up. The same rod of God?s power which was used by Moses to smite the rock (Atonement) was in Moses? hand on the hill (Intercession).?

Denney?s Studies in Theology, 166 ? ?If we see nothing unnatural in the fact that Christ prayed for Peter on earth, we need not make any difficulty about his praying for us in heaven. The relation is the same. The only difference is that Christ is now exalted and prays, not with strong crying and tears, but in the sovereignty and prevailing power of one who has achieved eternal redemption for his people.?

A. Nature of Christ?s Intercession. This is not to be conceived of either as an external and vocal petitioning nor as a mere figure of speech for the natural and continuous influence of his sacrifice. Rather, conceive of this as a special activity of Christ in securing upon the ground of that sacrifice whatever of blessing comes to men, whether that blessing be temporal or spiritual.

<620201> 1 John 2:1 ? ?if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous?; <450834>Romans 8:34 ? ?It is Jesus Christ that died, yea rather, that he was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us? ? here Meyer seems to favor the meaning of external and vocal petitioning, as of the glorified God-man: <580725>Hebrews 7:25 ? ?ever liveth to make intercession for them.? On the ground of this effectual intercession he can pronounce the true sacerdotal benediction and all the benedictions of his ministers and apostles are but fruits and emblems of this (see the Aaronic benediction in

<040624> Numbers 6:24-26, and the apostolic benedictions in <460103>1 Corinthians 1:3 and <471314>2 Corinthians 13:14).

B. Objects of Christ?s Intercession. We may distinguish (a) that general intercession which secures to all men certain temporal benefits of his atoning work, and (b) that special intercession which secures the divine

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