What a privilege it is to be acquainted with the Highest Being in the universe!! And on top of that, we have so many privileges that come through Him, so many, and I would like to elaborate on these privileges this morning to strengthen my faith and draw me closer still into His fellowship. I hope you are willing to join me this morning, it is going to be a wonderful study.
Romans 5:1,2 "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God." The first privilege is that we have access by faith into His grace and can rejoice in the hope of the Glory of God.
Hebrews 7:25,26 Speaking of Christ, "Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens."
The second privilege is because He is our High Priest in the heavenly sanctuary, He is always making intercession for us to the Father. He is like our lawyer in the heavenly courtroom, pleading our case before the Father. Can you just see Jesus spreading out His nailed scarred hands and telling His Father, 'see these scars, this is what I did for them, please save them.'
John 17:2,3 Speaking of Jesus again, "As You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. The third privilege is eternal life, and eternal life is to know God and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. Do you know Him? Can we have eternal life right now? We can begin eternal life right now if we are staying in His presence and learning to know Him the only true God and Jesus Christ whom He sent to save us.
1 Peter 2:2 "As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby." The fourth privilege is that we are like newborn babies that desire milk to grow, and if we are desiring the word of God we will grow. And we will get to know Him. Read His word and let it sink in and get to know Him.
John 16:13,14 Jesus speaking, "However, when He the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare if to you." The fifth privilege is that we can have the Holy Spirit with us to guide us into all truth and tell us about things to come in God's word.
Romans 8:26,27 "Likewise, the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is; because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God." The sixth privilege is that the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us as well as Jesus, what privileges we have if we only accept them. I am sure that sometimes when we pray, we wonder what to pray for or how to say it and that is when the Holy Spirit comes in and does it for us. Isn't He wonderful to listen to our broken prayers and take them to the Father in unbrokeness.
Well, today we have discussed six privileges that we have as Christians and there are still more, so tomorrow I will try to show you some more and we will discover them together. I think it is wonderful to live in this sinful world and have access to the King of the Universe. What do you think about that? I feel so privileged to know that, and to know that He is watching over me and also my family and friends and you are in my prayers too, as broken as they are but we now know that they get to the Father in beautiful language, don't they? We also learned that we have a Lawyer in the courtroom above to defend us. How can we neglect so great a salvation? Grandma Joan