The Mediation of Christ
God gathered together all humanity past, present and future, and clothed the second person of the Godhead with it, and placed it in seed form in the womb of Mary, this is the incarnation of Christ. The seed, which is Christ Gal. 3:16, was shapened in iniquity, and became subject to death being made mortal under the law from his conception and birth. Christ lived man's robe of righteousness for him, and set the perfect pattern of how to live in total dependence on another. This is what Christ accomplished by His life. Christ died the second death for all humanity which was in him, and thus paid the wages of sin for all humanity. Christ rose from the dead and destroyed the power of Satan, death, hell and all evil. Because Christ was all humanity, He resurrected all humanity in a new birth. Christ ascended to lead captivity captive and opened the store house of heaven's gifts to redeemed humanity. After His ascension according to Hebrews chapter 8 verses 1 and 2, "We have an High Priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens; A minister of the sanctuary and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, and not man." In Hebrews 9:24 it declares, "For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us." Finally, in Hebrews 9:12-14 it says, "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh; how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?"
Christ ascended to begin His next phase of the plan of redemption. The work Christ accomplished in the earth before His ascension was perfect, and absolutely complete according to infinite perfection. This work Christ fulfilled on the earth was once and for all, and is eternally finished. Yet, we see that Christ ascended to apply in heaven, and impart into humanity what He in perfection wrought out and finished for humanity while on earth. He ascended and began His mediatorial work of making reality in mankind what he had already made reality for mankind. In Christ's mediatorial work the righteousness imputed to the believers account is by the power of His resurrection imparted into the believers Spirit, soul and body. At the end of His mediation work, Christ will judge His professed people. And perform the final separation in the books of heaven, dividing the wheat from the counterfeit, yea even the children of faith who are God's children from the children of the devil.
1 Tim 2:5 declares "For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus", and Heb 3:1-6 teaches us to consider Christ Jesus the High Priest of our profession, for He is a faithful son over his own house. Then the Word boldly declares, "whose house are we if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end." We are the house of Christ. And what is Christ's mediatorial work accomplishing in His house or in us? Heb 10:21-24 plainly tells us that since we have an High Priest over the house of God - which we are, "Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, (for he is faithful that promised). Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works." The deep spiritual work of cleaning and clearing your conscience of all doubt, unbelief, disobedience, guilt, fear and condemnation, which will manifest itself in you in good works-obedience, is the present work of our Mediator. Heb 9:13-14 declares that if the blood of bulls and goats used in the sacrificial services which pointed to the true Lamb of God, sanctified and cleansed from outward sins, how much more shall the blood (or life- for blood means life) of Christ who through the eternal spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? In Christ's mediation for us, He cleansed our conscience from dead works, to works that are pure and that serve the Living God in spirit and in truth. We no longer seek to earn our way to heaven. Those are dead works. We are no longer doing right out of mere duty - for that is drudgery and dead works. We no longer do good to be seen and praised of men, those are dead works. But Christ cleanses our conscience so that we do right for the right reasons, free from all guilt, unbelief and condemnation. We do right and serve God being obedient because we love Him and desire only to glorify Him.
In essence the point is summed up in Heb 10:2. The end or results of our High Priest mediation work for us and in us is that His worshippers or children being purged have "no more conscience of sins." This is the sum and goal of righteousness by faith. No more consciences that are guilty. No more controlling doubts and fears that I am condemned. No more uncertainty as to whether I'll be saved or not. The ultimate work of the Saviour's High Priest work, which He is presently doing, is an absolutely clear and guiltless conscience before God with the absolute confidence that your soul is destined for eternity. In this state of a pure, clear and clean conscience, you serve God in strict obedience, only because you love Him, and desire to honor Him, and live to reflect and glorify His name and character.
This whole point is beautifully unfolded in Rom 4:1-8, the Bible reveals that by imputed righteousness or the gift of Christ's righteousness put to one's account by faith, God justifies the ungodly. Then the Bible reveals the depth of God's mercy and grace during the progressive mediatorial work of Christ our High Priest. The Bible says that God forgives our iniquities, which means He removes them from us completely. Then the Word says God covers our sin, and will not impute sin to us. Or in plainer words God will not put any sin to our account, because the only thing put to our account is the gift of the perfect righteousness of Christ. That covers us and insures that we, though weak and faulty still have an immovable title to heaven. God accounts us perfectly righteous, all throughout the growing process, from infancy in Christ to full maturity in Christ. God has made perfect provision for us as we constantly fall short during the lifelong sanctification process. The sweet gospel truth should give our conscience an eternal rest. We may fall short often times, but God has us covered. We should have no more conscience of sin, guilt, fear or condemnation.
Beloved, never seek to take advantage of the glorious gospel provision of mercy and grace. Millions upon millions in the Christian world have presumed to do this. They little know that they are wolves in sheep's clothing, and are in the broad way to destruction and hell. This same gospel teaches us in Heb 10:26-31, "for if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation which shall devour the adversary. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses. Of how much sorer punishment suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy who hath trodden under foot the son of God and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified an unholy thing and hath done despite unto the spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord, and again, the Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Serious and sobering are these words. Professed believers are not to trifle with God. If we sin willfully, or in other words, practice sin or live to sin, or habitually deliberately commit a sin that we had in Christ all power not to commit, the Bible plainly teaches us that we are not covered. As a matter of fact, there remains for us no more saving, forgiving sacrifice for sins. Many love darkness rather than light. They do not always have to commit the sins they love to practice, it is the indwelling love and desire to commit these sins of their choice that God's eye sees and reads. They cherish their pet sins because they love sin and evil more than Christ and righteousness. Too many give the lie to our profession, that God is not able to free His children from their sins, because they deliberately live in sin. Remember the Bible says "know ye not that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey, whether of sin unto to death, or of obedience unto righteousness." Beloved, do not trifle with God and misrepresent His power to redeem.
Heb 12:4 declares "Ye have not yet resisted unto blood striving against sin." Follow in the footsteps and pattern of your Master, "resist unto blood striving against sin." Purpose that you would rather die than commit one willful sin. Remember all power in heaven and earth is at your deposal to insure you victory. If you should fall while doing this you are covered. Beloved, walk in the heaven-given conscience free from sin.