Intercession of the Holy Spirit

by Pastor Pat Holliday

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In connection with the subject of intercession, the question is to whether the Holy Spirit is not presented in Scriptures as an intercessor.

(Rom. 8:26). “In like manner the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity: for we know not how to pray as we ought; but the Spirit himself maketh intercession for us with groaning which cannot be uttered; and he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.”

One explanation has been given that the Holy Spirit is here referred to as dwelling in us and thus making intercession. The Divine Spirit is said to be a Spirit of supplication, Zachariah 12:10.

The distinction which is made between the intercession of Christ in heaven in His priestly office and that of the Holy Spirit interceding within the souls of believers, referred to by Shedd (see Commentary on Romans), must be carefully used, for if pressed to its extreme it would lead to the materialization and localization of the Divine nature. Moreover, may not the intercession of Our Lord be regarded as being partially exemplified in that of the Spirit whom He has declared to be His agent and representative? If Christ dwells in believers by His Spirit, His intercession, especially if subjective in and with their spirits, may properly be described as the intercession of the Holy Ghost.

The Scripture makes it clear that the battle is not our personal battle. We are part of the war but the battle is the Lord’s. We are led by the unconquerable One. The battle rests upon His ability and He has already won the war! Read (Jn. 14: 15-27).

Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and man, (I Tim. 2:5). His mission was fully accomplished. He is in full control and is exalted to the Father’s right hand and is the Master with almighty power.

  • Jesus came to defy the power of Satan, (Acts 26:18).
  • He challenged the rule of Satan,(Col. 2:10)
  • conquered the right to dominion, (Col. 2:14,15)
  • He set us free from the cause of sin, (I Pet. 3:18)
  • He can set us free from the curse of sin, (I Pet. 5:10:11).

Life with Jesus Christ can be exciting and blessed with constant triumph over evil forces but the battle never ends. Always remember that you and Jesus are a majority. The warfare is stacked against Satan, not the Christian. They may have periods of darkness and may encounter times of painful struggle and discouragement. Then the Holy Spirit will break through the darkness and moments of exaltation and glory will be experienced. God is always on our side!

Praise God. He never fails to give needed help. Perhaps because the salvation of some seemed to me to be an impossibility, the first verse of Scripture that was given to me was (Mk. 10:27): “With God all things are possible.”

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