Apologetic on the Orthodox belief in intercession.
(117th Pope of Alexandria, and successor of the see of St. Mark)
Our Church believes in the intercession of the Virgin Mary, the Angels and the Saints. Those who don't share our view regarding the intercession of the saints, usually cite 1Jn 2:1: "We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous". They also cite St. Paul: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus." (1Ti 2:5)
In support of this important dogma, our church emphasizes the following:
H.H Pope Shenouda III
(117th Pope of Alexandria, and successor
of the see of St. Mark)
This means that our Lord is our advocate when we sin having made Himself the propitiation of our sins, who paid the wages of sin on our behalf. Christ's advocacy with the Father is based on the fact that He has carried _instead of us_ the iniquity of us all (Is 53:6).
This is the meaning of the words of St. John the Apostle for he says: "If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our sins only, but also for the sins of the whole world". (1Jn 2:1,2)
2) Intercession of the Saints is merely a prayer on our behalf, it is a supplicatory intercession far removed from Christ's propitiatory advocacy.
3) God often requested the intercession of the righteous on behalf of other people:
So far, we have cited examples of the prayer of the living on behalf of the living. Those who departed, have even more favor with God, so much so, that God spared people for their sakes even without their prayers. How much more would He, had they prayed for someone:
If such is the favor that David has with God, how much more would be the favor that the Virgin and the Angels have? and the favor of John the Baptist (greatest ever born of a woman)? And how much would be the favor of the martyrs who suffered and died for His sake?
Let us now consider some biblical examples of the intercession of the Angels:
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Apologetic on the Orthodox belief in intercession
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