The Saints in Paradise are the triumphant members of the same one church, which is the one Body of Jesus Christ, in which we are the striving members. The triumphant members become invisible members because of the death of their bodies, and then we, the striving, are the visible ones. The death of their bodies does not sever the bond of mutual love between them and us; on the contrary, it increases in depth and strength. Their prayers for the salvation of the entire world never cease. They pray for us, and we venerate them as they are our holy and dear friends.
We have only one intercessor for propitiation, that is Our Savior Jesus Christ, as St. John says, “If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only but also for the whole world” (1John 2:1). The Apostle Paul also says, “For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1Tim 2:5). On the other hand, we have many intercessors who pray to God for us. The intercessions of angels and saints for us are merely a pleading type of prayer. This intercession is completely different to Christ’s atoning mediation.
- According to the Lord’s saying, saints who departed are still alive (Luke 20:37,38; Matt 22:32; Mark 12:26). In addition, Moses and Elijah appeared at Jesus’ transfiguration (Luke 9:28-33).
- God disclosed many secrets concerning the future of His men in both the Old and the New Testaments (Acts 20:22, 23, 29, 30; 2 Pet 1:14). No wonder that He reveals our conditions to the saints who are in Paradise.
Therefore Abraham knew that Moses and other prophets had come (Luke 16; 29-31), and those who are in heaven rejoice for the repentance of a sinner (Luke 15:7-10).
- The believers who departed have a kind of privilege before God, therefore the Lord blessed Isaac for the sake of Abraham his father (Gen 26:5), and He was gracious to Israel and had compassion on them because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (2 kings 13:23).
- We, the striving members, ask for the intercessions of the saints, as Jacob did when he asked for the intercessions of his grandfather Abraham and his father Isaac (Gen 32:9). Moses asked for the intercession of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Exodus 32:13)