Christ is Greater Than The Priesthood

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Hiding

The Word of God is very powerful. It is like a very sharp knife that cuts into our life and desires. It exposes us for what we really are (v. 12). Nothing in all creation can hide from Him. He sees everything that we do. He is the God to whom we must explain all that we have ever done (v. 13). The inner life of a Christian is often a strange mixture of motivations which are genuinely spiritual and completely human. It takes a supernaturally discerning agent, such as the Word of God, to sort these out and to expose what is of the flesh.

He compares Christ’s priesthood with Aaron’s, and declares even in the very beginning the marvelous excellency of this priesthood, calling him the Son of God, and placing him in the seat of God in heaven, plainly and openly contrasting him with Aaron’s priests (v. 14). Christ is a great High Priest who is passed into God’s presence to intercede for us. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, and “He sympathizes with us even in our innocent infirmities. Yet without sin - And, therefore, is indisputably able to preserve us from it in all our temptations.

He has been tempted in all points like we have. Let us never stop trusting Him (vv. 14-15). Christians are invited to daily come to the Throne of Grace without fear and not be ashamed to make known our needs and requests. When we come (which we are to do repeatedly) in humility and confidence we will find help in time of need (v. 16).

Application

Do the world and other Christians see my life filled with prayer and praise? Am I worshiping the Lord Jesus and loving Him more than anything else? God knows what I am doing and why, because I can not hide from Him. He sees and knows everything.

Hebrews 4:12-16 (English Standard Version)

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

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