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THE INTERCESSOR

Series: Prayer
Lesson #6
Is. 59:16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor:
therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
Rom. 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray
for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which
cannot be uttered.
Rom. 8:27 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.
I. The Holy Spirit Is A Person With All The Faculties Of A Person.
1. He has intelligence, love, and a will of His own.
2. But to express Himself, He requires a body.
3. Before He comes to live in a man, He must be given full possession of his body.
4. Our meeting with the Holy Ghost must be just as real as our meeting with the Savior.
5. As Jesus had a body, so the Holy Ghost dwells in the cleansed body of the believer.
II. A Believer’s Body Is To Be The Temple Of The Holy Ghost, According To
1Corinthians 6:19.
1. For the Holy Ghost to indwell and work through the believer’s body, that body must
belong to Him (the Holy Ghost) without reserve.
2. Here Him pleading, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye
present your bodies a living sacrifice” (Rom. 12:1).
3. Two persons with different wills can never live in the same body.
4. So the Holy Ghost asks you for your body (Rom. 12:1).
5. If He comes, He will come as God, and you must go (Col. 3:2-3).
6. He will not mix Himself with yourself.
7. Every bit of our fallen nature must go to the cross, and He will bring in His own life
and nature.
III. The Intercession Of The Holy Ghost For The Saints In This Present Evil World Must
Be Made Through Believers Who Are Filled With Him According To Our Text In
Romans 8:26-27.
1. This demands unconditional surrender on the part of the believer.
2. We are God’s channel and on no account are we to disobey Him or bring in our own
ideas.
3. Only the Holy Ghost can live like Jesus.
4. And if the Holy Ghost truly lives the life of Jesus through us, then every person in
need has a claim on our life.
5. Is it any wonder in the light of this truth that there are so few that will give
themselves to this powerful ministry of intercession? We are too selfish to allow
every human on earth who has a need to lay claim on our life.
6. When we enter into this vicarious ministry, allowing the Holy Ghost to live the life of
Jesus through us, then we must remember that He is a universal Christ. He died and
purchased this redemption for everyone.
7. We are quick to judge anyone who does not believe that the Bible is literally true, and
rightly so.
8. But as the channel of the Holy Ghost, we are compelled to put our beliefs into
practice.
9. In the “Sermon on the Mount,” Jesus set forth the laws of the kingdom. We are to
literally act on them.
a. “…if a man take thy coat, let him have thy cloak also” (Mat. 5:40).
b. “Give him that asketh…” (Mat. 5:42). We are talking about intercessors.
c. “…Love thine enemies…” (Mat. 5:42).
IV. The Power Of The Intercessor Is In The Abiding. “If Ye Abide In Me, And My
Words Abide In You, Ye Shall Ask What Ye Will, And It Shall Be Done…” (Jn. 15:7).
1. This promise in John 15:7 is unlimited, but its fulfillment depends on our abiding.
2. The intercessor must at all times and in every circumstance guard his abiding.
3. The scriptural key to abiding is in 1John 2:6, “He that saith he abideth in Him ought
himself also to walk as he walked.”
4. That means to be willing for the Holy Spirit to live through us the life the Savior
would live. Think about that.
5. The way of abiding is to keep His commandments (Jn. 15:10).
6. The Holy Spirit will also throw light on the daily life, revealing every motive or
action that needs confession and cleansing in the blood.
7. {The Spirit’s dealings are not so much with outward short comings as they are with
the nature that produces them.}
8. We must always abide. We are in the Vine, and it is only as we abide in that Vine
that the life of that Vine is with in us. It was a miracle of God that put us in Christ.
Now He commands us to abide.
9. It takes the same power to keep us there as it took to put us there. But we determine
whether we will abide or not, by the choices that we make.
10. In the temptations of life, we must make our choice to either to stay in ourselves, or in
God. So the Spirit’s dealings are not so much with the outward shortcomings as He is
with the nature that produces those out comings.
11. The necessity for abiding is seen in John 15. The life is in the Vine. As the branch
remains united in abiding, the life of the Vine produces fruit through the branch.
a. Jesus said, “Without Me you can do nothing” (Jn. 15:5).
12. The power is in Christ, and as the intercessor remains united by abiding in Him, His
power operates through the intercessor, and accomplishes what is needed.
V. Ownership Must Be Established. “…Ye Are Not Your Own…Ye Have Been Bought
With A Price…” (1Cor. 6:19-20).
1. In your union with Christ, you are dead to all that is natural.
2. That does not mean that you cannot use natural things, but it does mean you must
never abuse.
3. There is no closer relationship than between a branch and a vine.
4. One thing the husbandman cannot do is to graft the old life into the vine.
5. Nothing about you naturally, not one atom of “self” can abide in the Savior.
6. Before you can truly be grafted into the Vine you must be cut off from the old life.
7. We have dealt with much of this in the lesson from the series on The Cross, “Living
the Life of Another,” but we must continually emphasize this. Before we can be
grafted into the Vine, which is Christ, we must be cut off from the old.
VI. Without This New Life, All Our Activity And Work In The Sight Of God Is Nothing.
1. Yet the vine can do nothing without the branch. Jesus said, “Without Me you can do
nothing” (Jn. 15:5). But it is also true that without us, His body, He will do nothing.
2. All the sap of the tree is running through the branch.
3. When this new life flows through us, all things become possible.
4. If the Vine has joy, the branch has the same joy, and the needy get the fruit of it.
5. Before the Holy Ghost can lead a chosen vessel into such a life of union and
intercession, He must first deal with all that is natural.
6. The love of money, personal ambition, natural affection, appetites of the body, and all
that makes a person live unto themselves for their own comfort or advantage, has to
go to the cross.
7. It is not a theoretical death, but a real crucifixion, such as only the Holy Ghost can
make as an actual experience in the would-be intercessor.
8. Both as a crisis and a process, Paul’s testimony must become ours, “I am crucified
with Christ…” (Gal. 2:20).
9. The “self” must be released from our being for us to become the agent of the Holy
Ghost.
VII. As Crucifixion Proceeds, Then Intercession Begins.
1. By inner burdens and calls to outward obedience, the Spirit begins to live His own
life of love and sacrifice for a lost world, through His cleansed and broken channel.
2. Look at Moses leaving the palace by choice to identify himself with his slave
brethren.
3. He reaches the summit of intercession when the wrath of God was upon Israel for her
idolatry, and their destruction was eminent.
4. It is not now his body he now offers for them as intercession, but his soul. “If thou
wilt forgive their sin; and if not blot me, I pray thee, out of thy Book…” (Ex. 32:32).
That’s intercession.
5. Hear the Apostle Paul as he intercedes for Israel. “…I could wish myself accursed
from Christ for my…kinsmen according to the flesh” (Rom. 9:3). This is
intercession.
6. When the Holy Ghost really lives His life through the chosen vessel, there is no limit
to the extremes He will take him in His passion to warn and save the lost.
a. Isaiah had to go “naked and barefoot” for 3 years as a warning to Israel (Is.
20:2).
b. Hosea had to marry a harlot to show his people the willingness of God to take
back his adulterous wife (Hos. 1:2).
c. Ezekiel was not allowed to shed one tear for the death of his wife (Ez. 24:16-
18).
7. Every greatly used vessel has been, in his measure, an intercessor: Wesley for
England, Booth for the down and outers, Hudson Taylor for China, C.T. Studd for the
unevangelized world.
VIII. What Is An Intercessor?
1. That God seeks intercessors but seldom finds them is a fact of scripture. “He saw that
there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor…” (Is. 59:16)
2. Believers in general have regarded intercession as just a form of intensified prayer. It
is that, but it is much more.
3. There are three things to be seen in an intercessor: Identification, Agony and
Authority.
4. The identification of the intercessor with the one for whom he intercedes is perfectly
seen in the Savior. It is said of Him:
a. He poured out His soul unto death. He was numbered with the transgressors.
He bare the sin of many. He made intercession for the transgressors (Is. 53:12).
b. He tasted death for everyone.
5. To do that, then He sat where we sit. By taking our nature upon Himself, He learned
obedience by the things He suffered (Heb. 5:8). By being tempted in all points like as
we are (Heb. 4:15), by becoming poor for our sake (2Cor. 8:9), and finally, being
made sin for us (2Cor. 5:21), He gained the position where with the fullest authority,
and the fullest understanding of all we go through, He can ever live to make
intercession for us.
6. Identification is the first law of the intercessor. He pleads effectively, because he
gives his life for those he pleads for.
7. He is their genuine representative. He has submerged his self-interest in their needs
and sufferings, and as far as possible, has literally taken their place.
IX. There Is Another Intercessor, And In Him We See The Agony Of This Ministry, The
Second Law Of Intercession.
1. First, there is that identification. Without our identifying with those for whom we
intercede, it is not possible for us to feel as they feel. Therefore, we cannot pray as
we should.
2. We come to the second law of the intercessor: Agony.
3. “But the Spirit maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered”
(Rom. 8:26).
4. This One, the only present intercessor on earth, has no hearts upon which He can lay
His burdens, and no bodies through which He can suffer and work except the hearts
and bodies who are His dwelling place.
5. Through you and I, He does His intercessory work, and we become intercessors by
reason of the intercessor within us.
6. It is a real life to which He calls the intercessor. It is the same kind of life in lesser
measure that Jesus lived on this earth.
X. Intercession Is More Than The Spirit Sharing His Groanings With Us, And Living
His Life As A Sacrifice For The World Through Us.
1. It is the Spirit gaining His end of abundant grace.
2. If the intercessor knows the identification and agony, he also knows the authority.
3. It is the law of the corn of wheat that falls into the ground and dies. “If it dies, it
bringeth forth much fruit” (Jn. 12:24).
4. Intercession is not a substitution for sin, only Jesus is that.
5. Intercession so identifies the intercessor with the sufferer that it gives him a
prevailing place with God.
6. He moves God. He gains his objective, or rather the Holy Spirit gains it through him.
7. Moses by intercession became the savior of Israel, and prevented their destruction.
XI. The Gained Position Of The Intercessor Is The Effect Of Experience.
1. The gained position of the intercessor is what brings the results.
2. The price is paid, the obedience fulfilled. The inner wrestlings and groanings take
full course, and then the Word of the Lord comes.
3. The weak channel is clothed with authority by the Holy Ghost and can speak the
word of deliverance.
4. Great or even greater works are done.
5. When the intercessor has gained the place of intercession in a certain realm, then he
has entered into the “grace of faith,” and along that line the measureless sea of God’s
grace is open to him.
In Russia, I believe I gained that place of intercession for the need of that
work out there. I was there without any organization behind me. I could
not come home and itinerate to raise money, yet it cost a million dollars
for the first two years’ operation. It is impossible to believe, but I had to
believe God. I believe that I entered that place of intercession in that
realm to where I could speak the word of authority. Without all the
itinerating, and all the begging, the money came, because there in that
altar in Russia, I laid hold of God in the authority of an intercessor.
6. That is the gained place of intercession.
a. Müller never gained the place of intercession over sickness, though he saw
some healed. But on the other hand, he gained a place of intercession for the
needs of the orphans.
b. He was always ready to suffer on their behalf. God held him responsible to see
that the needs were met. The doors of God’s treasury were opened to him
through intercession. Isn’t that beautiful?
c. Wigglesworth gained a position of intercession over sickness.
XII. The Holy Ghost Is Like The Father, He Suffers For Those Who Suffer.
1. Unless He in us makes the suffering our own, we cannot intercede.
2. We will never touch the throne unless we send up that real cry. Words don’t count.
3. It is only as the Holy Spirit makes me feel what those for whom I intercede are
feeling, that it is no longer I, but it is the Holy Spirit interceding through me.
4. Build you an altar, give yourself to that place of intercession and I will promise you
your ministry will be a success with God.