Key Passage: Romans 8:31-39
Key Text: Romans 8:33 – “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.”
Courts are set up on earth to uphold justice. They are also ports of final recourse for the resolution of conflicts. They are quite intricate in their set up, and not being a member of the judiciary, I must not profess to know or understand the inner workings of the courts. But one thing I do know is if you are called to appear in court for an offence or an infraction of the law. You immediately become afraid and you begin to weigh up your chances. You would not want to be convicted, because you know the courts have the power to incarcerate you, punish you and even in extreme cases the courts have ordered people to be put to death. So courts are not places for triviality. Most of all, you do not underestimate the power of the judge in pronouncing a sentence. All the apparatus of government would back up that judge in his or her pronouncements.
Well, there is a court in heaven. I am sure the earthly courts are somewhat structured along the lines of the heavenly court. God is the judge. According to Hebrews 12:23, we see that God is the Judge of all. He is the Judge of all judges. He is the supreme head of all judiciaries, whether earthly or heavenly. Every judge will someday account to Him and come under His final judgement for their judgements on earth. So Judges beware!
Secondly, there is an accuser. The devil is the accuser of the brethren according to Revelations 12:10-11, we see that Satan accuses the saints before God day and night. Thirdly, we have the accused. We the children of God are the accused in the courts of heaven. We are in the ‘dock’ as they say. Our confession can either acquit us or make us guilty. Fourthly, we have the Advocate. Jesus is our Advocate, according to 1 John 2:1 – Jesus Christ is our Advocate. What is an advocate? If you are summoned to court for an offence, if you are wise, you go and employ the services of a reputable lawyer and let him stand before the court and argue your case for you. They are normally skilled in the law and understand the loopholes that can get you off the hook. So a case can be won or lost based on the quality of the lawyer or the advocate. Praise God, we have an Advocate, a most knowledgeable, experience and committed one, who knows the workings of the courts of heaven better than anyone.
Lastly we have the witnesses. In most cases, the Judge asks for witnesses to corroborate the case for the defence or the prosecutors. In the courts of heaven, the witnesses are other saints who have gone before us and can testify of what God has done for them. In Hebrews 12:1. We see that “we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.”
Now looking at this court, we can see that it is completely skewed in our favour. We are the only ones that can make the courts issue a verdict of guilty against us, when the enemy accuses us. The Judge is our Father, The Witnesses are our family members, The Administrator of The Heavenly Court is the Holy Spirit, our comforter and counsellor, and The Advocate or Chief Counsel is Jesus Himself. The Senior Advocate of Heaven (SAH) or Senior King’s Counsel (SKC). So the only one standing against us in heaven is the Devil. He is the one accusing us. By the way the Police force of heaven are the angels of God and they are our ministers, sent to minister to us.
This is why our testimony is so vital and important. We must testify of what our Lord has done for us. We must speak in accordance with His accomplished works. We must point to Jesus as our advocate and let Him speak for us, if we do not know what to say. Our confession is very vital. That is why we must say what the word of God says about us, not what we feel we are? We are redeemed. We are saints. We are free from sin. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. We are forgiven. We are children of God. We are rich. We are healed. We are justified etc, etc.
One last thing, in court, there is what is called evidence. (The evidence of a crime committed or the evidence for proving that the accused is not guilty). Normally the Advocates present the evidence. In the courts of heaven, our Advocate, Jesus the Righteous, bears on His body the evidence for our acquittal. He shows the nails scars on His palms and feet. He shows the stripes on His back. He shows the marks of the crown of thorns on His head. He shows His pierced side. He carries all these evidences into court, so the Judge who is in the fullest knowledge and perfect understanding of these matters, will always pronounce us “NOT GUILTY”
Let’s pray: Father God, I really want to thank you for the freedom that emanates from the courts of heaven towards us your children. Help me to always remember that my confession is very important and that I can be trapped by the words of my mouth. Jesus I thank you for being my Advocate and I completely trust you to dismantle any and every case brought against me. Thank you Lord. In Jesus name I Pray. Amen.