Who also intercedes for us. (Romans 8:34 NASB)
After such great truths about our victory and the surety of our salvation it seems to be such a throw away statement, ‘who also intercedes for us’. Yet his intercession is a great assurance to my heart. Romans 8 has such heights and depths of truth yet it would not be complete without this phrase. The Lord saw it fit that this phrase should be here, perfectly complimenting all the others. The chapter has so far talked about our freedom in Christ and walking by the Spirit, our adoption as sons and the cry that an adopted heart makes, the Spirit interceding, Gods great plan and the value of Christ’s suffering and what that means, leading us into the following two verses.
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31, 32 NASB)
This is the background to the phrase in question, a rich journey of truth but incomplete without the knowledge of Christ’s intercession. The passage goes onto to say that nothing can separate us from the love of God and in him we can be more than conquerors. But again, none of it is complete without the knowledge of His intercession.
I find it comforting that he stands in the gap, that he is before the Father on my behalf, that his blood speaks a better word. The truth of the chapter is rich and you could spend a lifetime finding the depths of it, but sometimes to know someone else is interceding for you is all you need and who better to be interceding than The Lord. I am weak but he is strong. His prayers are powerful and effective. I offed wonder what he is interceding for on my behalf. Is it similar to Peter when satan had asked to sift him like wheat and Jesus prayed that his faith would not fail him (Luke 22) ? I believe it is this and more. I could speculate all night about what he might or might not be praying but that fact of the matter is He is praying, he is lifting up my name before the father day and night. He is standing in the gap. It reminds me of my need of Him and our need of each other, we cannot do this on our own. So I come back and feed on this truth knowing that despite my lack he is interceding on my behalf.