SIH’s Think On These Things: Heb 4:14-16
Heb 4:14-16 14) Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast [our] profession. 15) For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin. 16) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Although we may not always think of prayer as a grace and privilege given to us from the Lord, the Bible is plain that our capability to pray is based solely upon the work of the Lord Jesus Christ…
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God”
Jesus Christ was not only the Perfect Prophet and King of Kings but, here, we see that He is clearly declared to be “the Great High Priest”. This ministry of Christ involves standing between a Just God and sinful mankind making peace through His shed blood on the cross. One of the benefits that proceed from this peace is the enjoyment of communion with God and entrance into His presence by prayer.
This verse is giving us a wonderful picture of Christ’s priestly work on our behalf. As our Priest, He is now in heaven, in the presence of His Father, presenting to Him our prayers. His entire intercessory work is done by his grace on behalf of undeserving sinners who, due to their fallen nature, were in absolute separation and awaiting wrath from the Father.
“let us hold fast [our] profession.”
Based upon our knowledge of His work as Priest, resulting in our communion with God, we are to continue faithfully proclaiming our faith in Him, seeing that we are a very privileged people. How can we be ashamed of our relationship with Christ when we see the favored position that we hold?
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.”
During Christ’s life on earth, He experienced the same type of temptations that we have all faced (lust of flesh, lust of eyes, pride of life). And yet He did not commit sin. In other words, He knows what we face as we are tempted and He set the perfect example for us to follow for victory over those very same temptations.
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”
Based upon our knowledge of His priestly ministry and His experiences on earth, we can approach the Father with confidence knowing that our prayers will be heard and both mercy and grace are at our disposal.
What a wonderful gift we have been given…to be able to enjoy communion and seek mercy and grace from the hands of God the Father. Let us thank Him for the grace and privilege of prayer that we can enjoy every day.
Heb 10:19-23 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;And [having] an high priest over the house of God;Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;)
May the Lord bless us as we “Think On These Things”.
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