Expect God…to keep Christ interceding for you

A Courtroom scene
Romans 8:33-34
        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…

    Acts 17:30-31  
    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.”

Picture:
Your own courtroom scene

    Romans 1:20
        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!

    Isaiah 59:2
        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


    Mark 15:3-4
        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

    Romans 2:15 
        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

    Revelation 12:10
        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 _____________________________________________


Conclusion


    Hebrews 4:16
        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.