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For We Have Not An High Priest which Cannot Be Touched With The Feeling Of Our Infirmities

Discussion in 'Christian Scriptures' started by Walter and Deborah, Feb 19, 2020.

  1. Walter and Deborah

    Walter and Deborah Junior Member

    United States
    Wednesday 2-19-20, Shebat 24, 5780 4th. day of the weekly cycle, 61st. Winter day

    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.
    Hebrews Four:15

    Hebrews Four:14-16 KJV

    Christ Is Superior In His Position:

    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.

    Love always, Walter and Debbie
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  2. WebersHome

    WebersHome Well-Known Member Supporter

    United States
    Jesus Christ today is a high priest patterned after a high priest in the Old Testament named Melchizedek (Ps 110:1-4, Heb 5:1-7:28). High priests are essentially mediators between God and Man whose duty is primarily to reconcile their differences.

    Seeing as how Jesus' high priesthood is patterned after Melchizedek's, then one of its basic requirements is humanity, i.e. high priests are people rather than angels. That's a very good requirement because in order to be most effective, a high priest needs to relate to his constituents. Spirit beings of course cannot relate to human beings because they are an altogether different species.

    Christ lived on earth for about 30 years prior to his public appearances; and during that time, didn't lead a sheltered life; in point of fact, he underwent a sort of boot camp.

    Heb 5:7-9 . . During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him.

    By taking on the nature of a human being; Jesus found out for himself just how difficult it is for flesh and blood to comply with God in a manner consistent with His requirements; hence the prayers and loud cries and tears. But his experiences as a human being forged him into the kind of high priest that God deems suitable to hold the office.

    Heb 2:10 . . For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

    Heb 4:15-16 . . We do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-- yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

    The Greek words for "confidence" indicate that when speaking to Christ, it's okay to just be yourself; viz: to be out-spoken, i.e. frank and candid: which has been made possible by a priesthood in Heaven chaired by a fellow man who lived down here on the Earth as an h.sapiens long enough to know what it's like to be one; and to die like one too.

    FAQ: Jesus is way up in Heaven and I'm way down here on the Earth. How is he suppose to hear me with all that distance between us?

    A: According to John 1:1-14, Jesus Christ is not only human, but also divine. Don't worry, he'll hear you alright; nothing escapes his notice.

    FAQ: I understand why a high priest in Heaven has to be human, but why divine too?

    A: Because in order to be a really effective mediator between God and Man, Jesus has to be able to relate not just to Man but to God also. I mean, if it's difficult for angels and humans to relate to one another, just think how much more difficult it is for God and humans to relate to one another. God may be sufficiently omniscience to sympathize with my concerns, but it's nigh unto impossible for me to sympathize with His.

    To put this issue in perspective: a man might be educated enough to sympathize with a mole's concerns, but no amount of education will ever enable a mole to sympathize with a man's concerns. The divide between the two species is just too great.
  3. Walter and Deborah

    Walter and Deborah Junior Member

    United States
    :amen: Great post

    Love always, Walter