“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.” (Romans 8:27)
You will notice the phrase the will of is in italics in your Bible. That means it was not in the original text but was added by the translators. So let’s read it without that phrase: “...because he maketh intercession for the saints according to God.”
Some say, “Why speak with tongues if you can’t understand what is being said?”
I answer that with this question: Do you suppose it would do any good if God prayed for you? The answer is obvious.
But prayer for people on earth must be prayed by someone on earth, for God gave mankind dominion over it. (Matthew 16:19; 18:19; Genesis 1:26-28)
Since Jesus has been glorified and is seated at the Father’s right hand, He is as much God as God Himself. That’s why it is imperative that Jesus intercede, by way of the Holy Spirit, through your spirit, using you as the earthly agent to release that prayer of intercession in the earth.
Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, uses your voice to pray the way God would pray about situations of which you have no knowledge. You can’t possibly pray about or plead a case effectively before God on a natural level when you have no knowledge of that situation.
Yet, it is possible to plead your case for another on a natural level, if you have knowledge of the situation involved. Abraham interceded in his own voice. You can pray for others in your own language on a natural level. But when you intercede in the Spirit, you have connected with Jesus by way of the Holy Spirit, and He intercedes through you on a supernatural level. Then you are praying beyond your own knowledge and ability.
WE SPEAK MYSTERIES
“For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” (1 Corinthians 14:2)
While praying in the Spirit, it would certainly be a mystery to you for you wouldn’t know naturally (mentally) what you are praying. Paul said: “The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” (1 Corinthians 2:14, 15)
Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, discerns the situation and prays through your spirit the way God would pray.
Suppose God came to your house and you didn’t have enough money to pay your bills, or the house note was due. If He said, “I’m going to pray for you,” how do you suppose He would pray? His prayer would probably be something like this: “Because you have given, it is given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over shall men give unto your bosom. Because you sow bountifully, you reap bountifully; and I supply all your need according to My riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Luke 6:38; 2 Corinthians 9:6; Philippians 4:19)
God would pray His Word over your situation.
Sometimes we miss it in our praying. But when we pray in tongues, as the Holy Spirit gives utterance, we can rest assured that our Intercessor will not miss it. The Spirit of Truth has come, and He is making intercession for and through us “according to the will of God.”
Then after we have prayed in that manner, we know the things we prayed about in the Spirit will begin to work together for good. Paul put it this way: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
But we must keep this Scripture in context and in the right perspective, lest we be misled. So much of the time we hear this Scripture quoted (or should I say misquoted?) over bad things that happen, like a car wreck or a person getting sick or dying. But that was not the intent of what Paul was saying.
Let’s keep this verse 28 in context. When you pray in the Spirit about a particular situation, the Holy Spirit through your spirit prays the way God would pray concerning that matter. Then you know that what you prayed about in the Spirit will begin to work together for good, because God has found a man to stand in the gap and make up the hedge.
That Man is Christ, the Son of God, and He is our Intercessor! He knows how to release through you a living torrent of God’s Word to effectively change things and to bring some good out of a bad situation.
How is Jesus able to do that? How can He do it legally without violating the earth lease that He gave to mankind? Even though Jesus is restored to His Godhead powers and is seated at the right hand of the Father, He is still able to make intercession for us.
“For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.” (Hebrews 9:24)
Today Jesus is representing us in heaven. He is there to appear in the presence of God for us. He represents us in heaven; and we, in effect, represent Him here on earth, as His Body. The apostle Paul said in Ephesians 2:6 that we have been raised up together and made to sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. What a statement! But can we fathom the depth of that statement?
When He was exalted and seated at the right hand of the Father, we were raised up and made to sit together with Him in heavenly places. But how can we be made to sit together with Him? By being in Christ Jesus.
No, it is not through our ability but through our union with Him that we are seated with Him. We are not physically there; we are there in Christ Jesus, because our union with Him has made us one with Him.
Here is how Jesus put it while praying: “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” (John 17:21-23)
Jesus is exalted “Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.” (Ephesians 1:21) And we have been raised up together and made to sit together in heavenly places with Him!
“Christ is...entered...into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.” (Hebrews 9:24) According to Hebrews 6:20, Jesus, who is the forerunner for us, has entered into heaven. He is our forerunner into heaven. He is there for our sakes, daily representing us in the presence of God.
We are here on earth representing Him, for we are His Body. We represent Him physically on earth while He represents us spiritually in heaven. If we are in Him, then as far as God is concerned, He sees us far above principalities and powers.
“For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins. Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me.” (Hebrews 10:1-5)
You should underline verse 5 above, especially the phrase, “but a body hast thou prepared me.” For Jesus to effect changes on earth today, He must have a body here to do His work. The Church is the only physical Body of Christ on earth today. Jesus came to earth in a physical flesh, blood and bone body. He was manifest in the flesh. He was the sacrificial Lamb for us. After He had accomplished His work on earth, He ascended into heaven to represent us in the presence of God.
“In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure. Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me) to do thy will, O God. Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law; Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.” (Hebrews 10:6-9)
Jesus took away the first covenant, actually fulfilling it. When He said on the cross, “It is finished” (John 19:30), He didn’t mean the plan of redemption was totally and completely finished. In essence, He was saying that the last sacrifice ever to be received by God the Father from planet Earth was finished. There would be no more sacrifice for sin.
Jesus didn’t come to do away with the Law, but to fulfill it, so mankind could be free from the old law of works and enter into a new and better covenant.
When you read about all the things they had to do under the Old Covenant just as atonement for sin, you can realize we have a much better covenant. 1 John 1:9 is much more effective: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
The New and Better Covenant needed only one sacrifice, once for all. “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.” (Hebrews 10:10-13)
Jesus is expecting His enemies to be put under our feet. In Ephesians 1:22-23, the apostle Paul says Christ is the Head of the Church and we are the Body. The feet are in the Body. Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father until His enemies are made His footstool. He is seated there now, expecting the Body of Christ to tread satan underfoot.
For God to come here in His divine Godhead powers and destroy the devil’s work before man’s lease runs out would be scripturally illegal. For He gave the earth lease to mankind and told man to have dominion over it and subdue it. (Genesis 1:26-28)
But the Body of Christ has now been given authority on this planet through Jesus!
You have authority here because you are a legal resident; therefore you have a scriptural, legal right to destroy the works of the devil. One of the ways we can do this is by praying in the Spirit with supernatural utterance in tongues. As we all pray in the Spirit, we are praying in unity with the will and purpose of God for the earth. Allow your voice to be used by the Holy Spirit to intercede on a supernatural level.
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