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Hebrews 4:14-16 Our Great High Priest

Hebrews 4:14-16  Our Great High Priest

Hebrews 4:14–16 (NKJV)  14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.   15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.   16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

  • What is a priest? An intercessor, a mediator.
  • Christians have one and only one priest- I Tim. 2:5
  • Scripturally there is no special class of Christians or Christian leaders who can be called priests or saints

What kind of Priest is Christ?

He is a great high priest because He has passed through the heavens.

He is a great high priest because He is the Son of God.

Jesus has already gone through the heavens and entered into God’s rest, believers can be confident that they too will have a share in God’s rest (9:24).

  • not able to sympathize Jesus established His role as high priest by becoming like us, He can deal gently with those who are led astray
  • tempted in all things Jesus faced the same temptations as people (Matt 4:3, 6; 27:40).
    without sin Jesus remained faithful to the one who appointed Him (3:2). Unlike other priests, He didn’t need to offer sacrifices for His own sins; instead, He offered Himself unblemished to God (7:27; 9:14).
  • let us approach Believers should pray persistently because Jesus empathizes with human weakness
    throne of grace The place of God’s presence that emulates grace to His people.
  • receive mercy and find grace Christ is “the merciful high priest” who mediates on our behalf
  • time of need God strengthens His people when they undergo temptation

Verse 14 does not say, “Let us hold fast our salvation.” The word “profession” here is really “confession—to say the same thing” (3:1; 10:23; 11:13).

Christ is our High Priest.

The priesthood of all believers was one of the great truths of Christianity.

  • passed through the heavens. Jesus passed through 3 heavens (the atmospheric heaven, the stellar heaven, and God’s abode; cf. 2 Cor. 12:2–4) after making the perfect, final sacrifice.
  • Jesus Christ was not a priest while here on the earth.
  • When He was here on earth He came as a prophet speaking for God. He went back to heaven a priest to represent us to God.
  • Christ occupies a threefold office: He was a prophet; He is a priest today and He is coming someday to rule as a king.
  • Some people say, “I can’t live the Christian life.” We cannot do it in our own strength, but He asks that He might live it through us.
  • Jesus never responding wrongly to any of His temptations, yet as a man He could feel the reality of temptation and thus He is able to sympathize
  • The word yet has been added by the translators; Christ was tempted without sin—tested without sin.
  • The weight of temptation Jesus Christ could carry was infinite—He was tested without But He was tested, and for that reason He knows how we feel.
  • God wants us to come “boldly” into His presence, not timidly or anxiously or in fear of how He might respond. He wants to help us, and He has all the grace we need to confront any challenge we might face.
  • The word boldly has the feeling of being brazen.
  • To the unsaved, God’s throne is a throne of judgment (Rev. 20:11–15); but to God’s children, it is a throne of grace.
  • Most ancient rulers were unapproachable by anyone but their highest advisers
  • It was at the throne of God that Christ made atonement for sins, and it is there that grace is dispensed to believers for all the issues of life
  • The Lord probably tunes us out when we do not come to Him with freedom and open
  • God’s throne is a throne of grace. Formerly a throne of judgment, it is now a mercy seat, a throne of grace.
  • Mercy speaks of the past… we get mercy for what we have done wrong, where we have failed, where we have fallen short
  • Help focuses upon the positive. Gives God’s riches to you in spite of the fact that you are undeserving.

As you face life, face temptation, even give in to temptation remember:

  • You have a High Priest who knows how you feel
  • You have a High Priest who has been tempted MUCH more and not sinned
  • You have a High Priest who is mercifully about your failures and past sin
  • You have a High Priest who has help for you in the future
  • You have a High Priest who invites you to come directly to Him and be honest and direct about your life and troubles
  • You have a High Priest who has all the grace (unmerited kindness) you could ever need to get you through your time of need