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LESSON 10: OUR BIG BROTHER IN THE CITY

TORCHBEARERS MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL 
BIBLE STUDY OUTLINE
BY APOSTLE JOSEPH MINTAH


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CENTRAL TEXT: HEBREWS 2:17

INTRODUCTION

We want to examine the present-day ministry of Jesus. A lot of Christians are only familiar with the facts regarding the birth, life, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus. But Jesus’ ministry didn’t end with His ascension into heaven. In fact, His real work is in heaven. He ascended into heaven with a human body and is interceding for us to make sure His inheritance in us is preserved unto the end. The present-day ministry of Jesus is as vital and real as His ministry on earth
This lesson is about the present-day ministry of the Lord Jesus. That is to say the work of Christ didn’t end in His going to the cross and finally disappearing out of the sight of the disciples.  He actually took His place at the right hand of the Father and began His real ministry.


MAIN POINTS:

1.      God’s redemptive plan revolves around the Lord Jesus. He was the Word which was with God in the beginning (John 1:4), became flesh (John 1:14) and dwelt among us. He came in the likeness of man (Phil 2:7), in the likeness of sinful flesh (Rom 8:3) and was both the Son of man and the Son of God (Rom 1:3-4).
By taking a human body (Heb 10:5-7), He identified with mankind. His death, burial, resurrection and ascension into heaven is a clear indicator that mankind now has access to heaven.  When Jesus came into the world, He was the only begotten Son of the Father(John 3:16). After His death, burial and resurrection, He became the first begotten from the dead (Colossians 1:18, Revelation 1:5).  Now, because He has many brethren who have been born again, He has become the firstborn among many brethren (Romans 8:29).
2.      This means that the Lord Jesus is our big brother who has gone before us to heaven to represent us before God (Hebrews 9:24). He is there with a human body, representing our interest even as we are also here as ambassadors, representing His interest (2 Cor 5:20).  
CHRIST OUR HIGH PRIEST
The Lord Jesus is our faithful high priest in all respects (Heb 9:11-12). The old testament high priest was only a shadow who prefigured Christ. The tabernacle Moses built was only a shadow of the real tabernacle that was in heaven. For the sins of the people to be covered for a whole year, the high priest went into the holy of holies once a year with the blood of an animal. He sprinkled the blood on the mercy seat seven times (Lev 16:14). Christ came as the Great High Priest, entered heaven’s holy of holies upon His resurrection and sprinkled, not the blood of animals(For it was impossible for the blood of animals to take away the sin of man. It could only cover it, Heb 10:4) but His own precious blood (1 Pet 1:19) on heaven’s mercy seat, not seven times, but just once and obtained eternal redemption for us.
OUR INTERCESSOR
The high priestly role of the Lord Jesus didn’t end with His obtaining eternal redemption for us. It also means that He is our mediator and intercessor. He is the only mediator between God and man (1Tim 2:5) and He also intercedes for those who come to God through Him (Heb 7:25). In the Greek language, the word translated ‘intercession’ is a technical term for approaching a king. Therefore it means that Christ is pleading for our interests in the presence of the Father. He is able to intercede for us because He is a High priest who can be touched with our weakness (Heb 4:14-16). He knows our frame, that we are weak (Ps 103:13-14) and therefore does not condemn us (Rom 8:34).
OUR ADVOCATE
The word ‘advocate’ means lawyer or one who pleads our case.
1 John 1:9 says IF we confess our sins to God, He is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins and also to cleanse us. That God is just means He wouldn’t allow any sin to go unpunished. But that He is faithful also means He will abide by the covenant He made with Jesus on behalf of mankind. Thus, if we sin and confess, Jesus our advocate goes to court on our behalf to plead our case (1 John 2:1-2). Any number of times we sin and confess, He pleads on our behalf. But the question is how many times do you want to take your lawyer to court. 
OUR SHEPHERD
The Lord Jesus became God’s  lamb for our salvation. Now after our redemption was completed, He became our shepherd to usher us into God’s rest (1 Pet 2:25). The dispensation we live in now is that of  Psalm 23. Psalm 22 talks about the death, and resurrection of the Lord. Psalm 24 talks about the second coming of Christ. Psalm 23 is the one in the middle and it talks about the Lord being our shepherd.
Memory verse:
Romans 8:34: Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us (NKJV).

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