Delivered Unto Death
by Norman P. Grubb
The way of the intercessor-priest is by whatever form of involvement the Spirit indicates to us that we can be in action in bringing our light to others. Obviously there can be no limits to what special way that is. But it will be in the form of self-giving, in no way engineered by us, but by which we take the place of those we are intercessors for, that they might take their places as redeemed sons of God. It is thus vicarious. It just will cost and will be a death for us, not sought for by us but in some forms our heart and mind and body involvement for these others will bring a death: to our reputation as “fanatics”, to our material and physical expenditure, to who knows what in what way, for death, as Jesus said in John 12:24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds presses out His life for others - 1 Peter 2:20—25|
1 Peter 2:20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 22"He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth."23When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
Paul again said, “We which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you” 2 Corinthians 4:12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you
That’s the COST of intercession following on to the COMMISSION. Often we may not realize we are in an intercessory “death” until we find we are! But then knowing that this is the intercessor’s way, we anti¬cipate the glory in the suffering.
Isaiah 53:1—2 He “poured out His soul unto death and . . .made intercession for the transgressors” -
“For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross” Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
But, it makes such a difference if we have come to know this intercessory way of the priest and are not just go¬ing blindly along it (which we probably all do in our early “little children, young men” days). We then know that the ultimate of an intercession is the GAINING of it. Prayer may, interces¬sion must!
But this means we cannot rest or lay down our arms of faith until it has been gained. This may be part of our “death”, for we are taking no “no” in the commission. When we haven’t understood this, then we may speak of our calling or ministry as “called to be faithful, but not neces¬sarily successful”. But no! We hear God’s word to Joshua picking up Moses’ commission, “then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, then thou shalt have good success”. I have personally walked that way since the Spirit re¬vealed that to me even in my college days. I couldn’t take it when I heard an annual report of some ministry de¬scribed as faithful but not successful.
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