The Intercession of Christ: Christ, a Complete Saviour by John Bunyan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Bunyan’s commentary on Christ’s intercession for His children explored a glorious facet of the Savior I had never thought about in-depth. However, truly understanding Christ as Advocate on your behalf will bring about a wealth of peace and comfort. Bunyan goes into great detail, speaking to believers and unbelievers and explaining why every person needs Christ to intercede for them. While some parts of this book were quite thick and difficult to understand, there are many gems in here that speak to Christ’s nature. One of my favorites was on Hebrews 7:25: “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Bunyan explains how Jesus is willing to save, and He is also more than able to save – save to the uttermost – all who come to Him! I would recommend this book to any Christian – for we all need to know the benefits of Jesus, our complete Savior.
Now, time for some of my favorite quotes. 🙂
He is, as the Holy Ghost calls him, the author and finisher of our faith; or, as he calls him again, the author of our eternal salvation; of salvation throughout, from the beginning to the end, from first to the last. His hands have laid the foundation of it, in his own blood; and his hands shall finish it, so by his intercession. As he has laid the beginnings fastly, so he shall bring forth the head stone with shoutings; and we shall cry, Grace, grace! At the last; salvation belongs only to the Lord!
Remember that the hardest or worst part of the work of your Savior is over. His bloody work, his bearing of your sin and curse, his loss of the light of his Father’s face for a time, his dying upon the cursed tree – that was the worst, the sorest, the hardest, and most difficult part of the work of redemption; and yet this he did willingly, cheerfully, and without your desires; yea, this he did as considering those for whom he did it in a state of rebellion and enmity to him.
It is his love to you that has made him put no trust in you. He knows that he can himself bring you to his kingdom most surely, and therefore has not left that work to you, no, nor any part thereof.
The durableness of his intercession proves that the covenant (in which those that come to God by him are concerned and wrapt up) is not shaken, broken, or made invalid by all their weakness and infirmities.