Hebrews

Hebrews 4:14-16 Holding To Our Confession In A Sympathetic High Priest.

Here our author begins the third section of this covenant renewal document-Stipulations. To this end he returns to the topic of the anointed Son as our great High Priest. As he said before (2:17-3:6), “we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God” (v. 14a Cf. 7:26). We also noted how in his previous treatment of the subject of the high priest, he did so by showing the Son to also be the promised Prophet whom Moses prophesied would come after. For this reason we are exhorted, along with the author and original audience, to “hold fast our confession” (v. 14b Cf. 10:23). Therefore it is with these verses that he begins the Stipulations section. We are to hold fast our confession in light of the example and warning of those under the accompanying lawsuit.

As our author pointed out earlier, we have our help in holding fast to our confession, because we do have a high priest who can sympathize with us in our weaknesses. The Son took on flesh and blood, and “was in all ways tempted as we are, yet without sin” (v. 15). However, more than simply sympathizing with us, because he resisted temptation without sin, He is able to help us, in both how he lived and in being our sinless, spotless, propitiatory sacrifice (Cf. II Cor. 5:21). It is for this reason, and this alone, that we are able to “come boldly to the throne,” not of judgment, but “of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (v. 16). We have this “boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus” (10:19 Cf. v. 22; Eph. 2:18). There is, nor shall there be, any other way.

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