lørdag 13. mai 2017

He does it anyway ... - a time for everything *

Today, I return to the theme of ‘praying in the name of Jesus’, because it is important, and because Jesus returned to the theme himself:
In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf.
John 16:26
I think Jesus primarily is speaking about the fact that after ‘that day’ we have direct access to Father. After ‘that day’, his role as a ‘mediator’ is not necessary in my interaction with God. For, as Paul wrote: “A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one” (1). The role of Jesus as a mediator was necessary for my salvation and my new life in Him. However, where the new life lives, there is direct access to the whole deity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit, in Jesus’ name.

Nevertheless, it is comforting and good to know that:

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.
Rom 8:34b
Even though I do not need to use him as a mediator, he still continues to intercede for me. The Spirit does the same, and ‘in the name of Jesus’, my spirit can pray together with them ‘through wordless groans’ (2).

‘Manna’ for today:

In the name of Jesus: ‘wordless groans’. Amen!
(1) Gal 3:20
(2) Romans 8:26
'A time for everything' is connected with the Bible's teaching about a 'season for every activity' Eccl 3 This series is about the teaching in the ime between Easter and Pentecost 

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