Expect God…to keep Christ interceding for you
A Courtroom scene
33 Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.
2 Corinthians 5:10a
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ…
In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”
Your own courtroom scene
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature— have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
I. First, here comes the judge!
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.
II. Then comes the prosecuting attorneys (v.33a)
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen?
A. _____________________________________ accuse you
The chief priests accused him of many things. So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”
B. _____________________________________ accuses you
They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.
C. _____________________________________ accuses you
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.
III. The judge does two marvelous things:
A. He __________________________________ you! (vv.33b, 34a)
Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones
To justify means more than to pardon: it means more that to forgive. It means that God makes a declaration, a judicial declaration, to the effect that He has not only forgiven us, but that He now regards us as just and righteous and holy, as if we had never sinned at all.
B. He __________________________________ you! (v.34b)
1 John 2:1-2
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
How can you be sure that Christ’s defense is a winning defense?
1. Christ’s _____________________________________________
2. Christ’s _____________________________________________
3. Christ’s _____________________________________________
4. Christ’s _____________________________________________
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.