Q. I firmly believe in OSAS and that Christ paid for all our sins (past present and future) . So my questions is as Jesus is sitting on the right hand of God interceding for us, what is He interceding for since our sins are already paid for and forgiven?
A. In Romans 8:34 Paul said, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died–more than that, who was raised to life–is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us.”
The purpose of intercession is two fold. First, Rev. 12:10 says Satan accuses us day and night before the throne of God. As He does Jesus reminds the Father that He has already paid the penalty for all of our sins.
I think of it this way; God is the judge and we are the accused. As the prosecuting attorney, Satan reads the list of charges he has filed against us.
Jesus is our defense attorney. After each charge is read He objects, saying that He has already paid the penalty for that charge and the requirements of the Law have been met. Therefore, Satan cannot bring that charge against us. The judge rules in favor of the defense and the charge is thrown out. This continues until all the charges have been dropped and the case against us has been permanently closed.
Second, intercession adds weight to the prayers of others, whether by pleading on their behalf, or agreeing with them as the second voice that confirms the validity of their prayers. When Jesus intercedes for us this way, He’s essentially adding His influence to our petitions. Its like He is recommending that our prayer requests be granted.
It’s not that God needs to be reminded that our sins are paid for, since the Father and Son are one (John 10:30). Nor does He need anyone’s recommendations in answering our prayers. It’s more for the purpose of reassuring us that we have a powerful advocate who tirelessly represents us before the throne of God.
“When you were dead in your sins, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:13-15).