A Short Study of Romans 8:34

“Who is He that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
(Romans 8:34)


Our Lord Jesus Christ has fully accomplished His great work of redemption, substitution and sacrifice. He has already suffered, bled and died, “the Just for the unjust to bring us to God.” (1st Peter 3:17)

Christ did not remain in heaven, pitying us from a distance, but came and was “obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8) by which He put away our sins, saved us from the curse of the law, justified us by His imputed righteousness and rescued us from Satan’s captivity. He arose, ascended and now sits at the right hand of the majesty on high.

Though the reconciliation of His people is finished, Christ is still active in heaven for us as our Intercessor. We have a glorious Advocate and Mediator between God and us, One who is always representing us and our eternal interests before the Father. He sees to it that the benefits of His death are applied to all those for whom they were designed. It is because of Him that we are constantly accepted by the Father, for God is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, always mindful of the blood of His Son. Christ prays for us, not to supplicate an angry Judge, for God’s anger against our sins has been pacified by the Saviour’s death, but rather He prays that we will be provided with daily supplies of mercy and grace, and His prayers are always answered. As the Old Testament high-priest carried the names of the tribes of Israel upon his breastplate and shoulders, so our Great High-Priest carries the names of all His elect upon His heart, the place of love, and upon His shoulders, the place of power and authority. When we worship and serve the LORD, He presents those feeble efforts to the Father and our worship and service is made acceptable to God by Him. We are closely monitored by our Saviour so that He is always aware of every detail of our lives and sees to it that all things fulfill His purpose and work together for our spiritual good. Christ our Elder Brother is our Intercessor in the court of heaven, and He represents all of His earthly brethren. “What a Friend we have in Jesus!”

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