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Got a High Priest? 
(A Look at Hebrews 4:14-16) Part 3

My friends and I have been reading through the book of Hebrews. This week we’re reading Hebrews 4 together. I describe our Bible-reading covenant here and recommend that you consider doing the same with a few of your friends!

As we continue our discussion of the Lord Jesus as our great High Priest, we read the following in Hebrews 4 —

We’ve seen in our first two posts that: (1) Jesus is our “great” high priest — and we need to focus on Him! (2) That He has ascended into heaven (v. 14) and is at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us! (3) That His role as our high priest should motivate us to “hold firmly to the faith we profess” (v. 14). (4) and that we must notice what we don’t have! We don’t have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses!

Let’s make two other observations from our text. (5) We see that our great high priest has been tempted in every way like we are — yet without sin (v. 15)! Temptation is not sin. If you need a really good book on temptation and sin, well . . . I tried to write a good one a few years ago entitled When Temptation Strikes! (And I’ll send you a free copy if you ask me).

Our sixth observation is — (6) We have every reason to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence (v. 16)! How can that be? We are sinners who are tempted, who need to be told to “hold firmly” to the faith, who often fail. But His throne is a “throne of grace” — and that’s what I need.

Today’s Challenge: Do you ever find yourself thinking, “Jesus just wouldn’t understand what I’m going through right now!”? Well, with all the pastoral kindness I can muster, REPENT of that thought! And thank God for your great high priest who has been tempted in every way that you are tempted. And stands ready to help you with the grace that only He can provide!

 

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2021 in Hebrews 4

 

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Got a High Priest? 
(A Look at Hebrews 4:14-16) Part 2

My friends and I have been reading through the book of Hebrews. This week we’re reading Hebrews 4 together. I describe our Bible-reading covenant here and recommend that you consider doing the same with a few of your friends!

Let’s continue our discussion of the Lord Jesus as our great High Priest! Here’s what we read in Hebrews 4 —

We’ve made two observations in our first post: (1) Jesus is our “great” high priest — and we need to focus on Him! (2) The second observation is that He has ascended into heaven (v. 14). We have an ascended High Priest who is at the right hand of the Father, interceding for us!

Let’s notice this morning —

(3) His role as our high priest should motivate us to “hold firmly to the faith we profess” (v. 14). By “the faith” the writer to the Hebrews means the total content of the Christian faith. And we are to “hold firmly” to that. Two people that I love have chosen to abandon their spouses and have (even though they don’t think so) abandoned the Christian faith. Really. They’ve turned away from God’s teaching about marriage and faithfulness and suffering. And they think they are still in God’s will. Whenever you or I choose our own way instead of God’s, we are doing the same! We are to “hold firmly” to this faith we profess!

(4) Observation #4 is that we must notice what we don’t have! We don’t have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses! That’s a lot of negatives, isn’t it? In other words, our great high priest can sympathize, can empathize with our temptations and weaknesses and struggles. We dare not think otherwise.

Today’s Challenge: Are you holding firmly to the faith you profess? How can you tell? And are you grateful for your high priest who is with you in your challenges and trials? Praise Him this morning for Who He is.

 
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Posted by on July 29, 2021 in Hebrews 4

 

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Back to the Basics! Introductory Matters #7 THE FAITH!

There are many issues that could be considered under this category of “Introductory Matters.” We’ve briefly looked at a definition of faith, how everyone (to some extent) lives by faith, what’s meant in the Bible by “belief,” the danger of heresy, etc.

Let’s spend one more post on this issue of FAITH. But not in the sense of one’s belief or trust in the Lord. The expression “the faith” is used in the Scriptures to refer to the content of truth which has been revealed by God.

We noticed earlier Jude’s challenge to “to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people.” (Jude 3). Notice the expression: the faith.

That same expression is used about 19 times in this way:
Gal. 1:23- “The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.”

Eph. 4- 4 “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Acts 14- 21 “They preached the gospel in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith.”

Acts 16- 4 “As they traveled from town to town, they delivered the decisions reached by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem for the people to obey. 5 So the churches were strengthened in the faith and grew daily in numbers.”

2 Cor. 13- 5 “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”

I Cor. 16- 13 “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”

2 Tim. 4- 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”

We are told to reprove false teachers that they may be “sound in the faith” (Titus 1:13). In later times some will fall away from the faith (I Tim. 4:1). Believers are to be nourished on the words of the faith and sound doctrine (I Tim. 4:6). I Timothy 6 says 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.  Later in that same chapter we read: “20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.”

Galatians 3:23 speaks of the time “before the faith came we were under the law.” In chapter 6 we read “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” (the household of the faith).

In Acts 6 we read, “7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.”

In Romans 10 we read, “8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith (literally “the faith”) that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Luke 18:8 asks, will Jesus find the faith upon the earth when He returns”
(http://www.bible.ca/s-faith-defined-basics.htm)

Summary: The faith is something some want to destroy! There is one faith we must acknowledge. We are to encourage others to remain true to the faith, to stand firm in the faith, to keep the faith. Churches are to be strengthened in the faith. We are to engage in self-examination to see if we are in the faith. False teachers need to be reproved so they may be sound in the faith, for some will fall away from the faith; some will wander away from the faith. Some will depart from the faith.

A question:  What will you do today to spread THE FAITH to others?

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Posted by on February 17, 2018 in The Faith

 

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Some Challenges from Colossians! (Part 10)

As we continue our study of Colossians 2, let’s notice another theme which the Apostle uses to challenge the hearts of the Corinthians.

We read,
6 So then just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2018 in COLOSSIANS 2

 

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Posted by on February 1, 2016 in theology

 

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