Old Testament Pictures

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

There is a wonderful picture in the OT of Christ’s intercessory work for believers. He bears our names upon His heart as He continually represents us before the Father.  

We are taught this in the OT from the practice of the High Priest. He would go into the tabernacle before the Presence of the Lord, before the Ark, as it was called, and He would burn incense, which was a picture of prayer. 

Bound over His heart was a special vest with precious stones upon it and on each stone were the names of the children of Israel. God said,“and Aaron shall carry the names of the sons of Israel….over his heart when he enters the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually”. Exo 28:29

This is the beautiful picture of how Jesus Christ continually is before the throne of God with your name on His heart.

That’s why in Hebrews 7:24-25 we have this encouraging words : “but He, on the other hand, because He abides forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Hence also He able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him since He always lives to make intercession for them.”

According to this fantastic promise of assurance, once we have believed in the baptism and the death of Jesus, Christ becomes our Saviour, it is impossible to be lost again or unforgiven. For a child of God to become lost, Christ would have to stop interceding for him. The promise is that “He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through Him.”  “Forever” is a very long time. 

Jesus Himself promised, “I will never desert you nor will I ever forsake you.”  Heb 13:5.  Thank God that “He always lives to make intercession for us, “and because of that we can “draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Heb 4:16

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