Living Without Christ as Mediator

Pastor Dennis Smith continues his series "Abiding in Christ" tackling an important topic that is, unfortunatelly, largely neglected or misunderstood by most of the Christian world today: how to prepare for the time when we will have to live without Christ as our Mediator in the temple in heaven.

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Sermon Excrept

"Since the fall of Adam, every judgement of God on this earth has been mingled with mercy. Since the fall of Adam, we had a Mediator. We can ask for forgiveness, and we are forgiven. It has been like that since the fall of Adam. Even now, we are told in Revelation 7 the angels are holding back the winds of destruction. There is still mercy [...].

God is waiting for his people to be sealed, otherwise they would not be able to survive the closing events of the earth's history.

When judgement ends, however, things change dramatically. There is no mercy, and in Revelation 22:11-12 we are told those that are righteous will stay righteous. Those that are holy will stay holy. Those that are filthy will stay filthy. There is no change. Every case has been decided [...].

We have to come to the point in our life that Jesus is fully manifest in us every moment of every day, because we will be living without a Mediator."

According to the Bible, the seven last plagues will start when the judgement ends.

When Revelation 14:9-10 talks about these plagues, by using the expression "the wine of the wrath of God", it stresses the fact that this wine "is poured out without mixture", which means there will be no mercy.

One chapter later, in Revelation 15:8, we read that "no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled." This means that the intercessory work of Jesus as our Mediator is finished.

These statements are very significat for our generation, as all the timed prophecies have been fulfilled and we are closer than ever to the closing of judgement and the seven plagues.

Many Christians like to believe that the seven plagues will not affect them, as they will have beep secretely raptured by Christ before they take place. But this is not what the Bible teaches. Christians will still be on earth during the plagues. Moreover, as stated earlier, Christ will no longer be their Mediator during those incredibly difficult times. How will they survive? What protection can they count on?

We higly recommend this message, as it deals with one of the most important aspects of the Christian experience - how to become perfect before the judgement ends, and before the mediating work of Jesus ends.

Living Without Christ as Mediator - Sermon Summary

Those living when Jesus returns:

Daniel 12:1-3
Since fall of Adam in sin: Time after judgment ended:

A Purification Time

Mal 3:1-3 - purification time just before judgment ends

"Those who are living upon the earth when the intercession of Christ shall cease in the sanctuary above, are to stand in the sight of a holy God without a mediator. Their robes must be spotless, their characters must be purified from sin by the blood of sprinkling. Through the grace of God and their own diligent effort, they must be conquerors in the battle with evil. While the investigative Judgment is going forward in Heaven, while the sins of penitent believers are being removed from the sanctuary, there is to be a special work of purification, of putting away of sin, among God's people upon earth.

"When this work shall have been accomplished, the followers of Christ will be ready for his appearing. ‘Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former years.’ [Mal. 3:4]. Then the church which our Lord at his coming is to receive to himself will be ‘a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing.’ [Eph. 5:27] " The Great Controversy, p.425

Notice:

"Christ is waiting with longing desire for the manifestation of Himself in His church. When the character of Christ shall be perfectly reproduced in His people, then He will come to claim them as His own." Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 69

Note that Ellen White says: 1 John 3:2 Those ready to meet Jesus - Just like Jesus

Jude 24
Ellen White described this experience:

"All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His service. When we know God, as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience. Through an appreciation of the character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will become hateful to us." Desire of Ages, p.668

How can this happen?

An Illustration

Picture two pieces of cloth that are placed side by side parallel to each other. In illustration: Our part: EGW: explains this amazing miracle of transformation

"When His words of instruction have been received, and have taken possession of us, Jesus is to us an abiding presence, controlling our thoughts, and ideas and actions… It is no more we that live, but Christ that liveth in us, and he is the hope of glory. Self is dead, but Christ is a living Saviour." Testimonies to Ministers, p.389

As this process continues in the believer’s life: The power of the sinful nature totally subdued Ellen White wrote:

"’The prince of this world cometh,’ said Jesus, ‘and hath nothing in Me.’ John 14:30. There was in Him nothing that responded to Satan’s sophistry. He did not consent to sin. Not even by a thought did He yield to temptation. So it may be with us." Desire of Ages, p.123

A Time Without Sin

When Christ no longer mediating

Let the Rain Fall

Victory over temptation and sin: Ellen White wrote:

"I saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful, and were looking to the time of ‘refreshing’ and the ‘latter rain’ to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord, and to live in His sight. Oh, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation; therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God." Christian Experience and Teachings of Ellen White, p. 112

Deception of Satan: Ellen White:

"I saw that none could share the ‘refreshing’ unless they obtained the victory over every besetment, over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action." Ibid.113

Early rain = baptism of Holy Spirit Ellen White:

"The latter rain, ripening earth’s harvest, represents the spiritual grace that prepares the church for the coming of the Son of man. But unless the former rain has fallen, there will be no life; the green blade will not spring up. Unless the early showers have done their work, the latter rain can bring no seed to perfection." The Faith I Live By, p.333

Full spiritual growth under early rain baptism of the Spirit: Ellen White:

"Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it." Testimony to Ministers, p.507

Conclusion

Therefore, absolutely vital we: Why Ellen White wrote:

"Nothing but the baptism of the Holy Spirit can bring up the church to its right position, and prepare the people of God for the fast approaching conflict." 2MR 30

Teachings that I am presenting: I personally believe Jesus is coming soon: