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14) Hebrews - Chapter 4:14-16
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Having then a great High Priest - Christ has two relationships, enabling man to come to God through Him:
      a. An Apostle sent to teach (Hebrews 3:1)
      b. A Priest
This priest has proven His character by His teaching.  This Priest has proven His love by His death.  This Priest has
proven His superiority by passing through the heavens.

Who hath passed through the heavens.  Only Christ has done this.  He lived in heaven, and passed through the
heavens to earth (Phillipians 2:5-11) and back again.

This identifies our High Priest.  He is not of the lineage of Aaron, but of the house of God.

Lust us hold fast to the confession (Matthew 10:32); our confession is in a Person.

It is a work of evangelism:  We are saved to serve, we are won to win, and we were told to tell.

Jesus stands by us in temptation (Revelation 3:10).  His sacrifice is complete Hebrews 9:26:  But now once at the
end of the ages hath He been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

"Infirmities" is a word that may be taken in various senses:  2nd Corinthians 12:10 suggests what might be included.  
Probably the feeling of the soul should be included, such as fear, sorrow, dread of death, since He was made in the
likeness of our sinful flesh, and we know that He knows our feelings.

Unto the throne of grace - the history of the throne of grace is interesting:
      - The ark was a symbol of God's grace (Jeremiah 3:16).
              1. The lid was sprinkled with blood once a year (Leviticus 16:14-15).
              2. Here was the mercy seat (Leviticus 16:2, Numbers 7:89, Exodus 25:22).
              3. Now we approach God through Jesus Christ who sits at His right hand.
The throne of mercy is God's, but Christ is our access to God (Ephesians 2:18).

Since all have sinned and fallen short of God's grace, we need grace and mercy.  Only God gives mercy.  The devil
gives death, not life, and beyond this, he makes people unmerciful.

Observe why Christ can give us help which is superior to that of the priest of the old covenant:
      a. The priest under the old system had to make atonement for his own sins (Hebrews 5:2-3, Hebrews 7:26-28,
          Hebrews 9:7).
      b. They were after the order of Aaron (Hebrews 7:11-17).
      c. The old was made without an oath (Hebrews 7:20-22).
      d. Theirs was temporary (Hebrews 7:23-24).
      e. They offered oftentimes the same kind of sacrifices (Hebrews 8:4-5, Hebrews 9:25-26, Hebrews 9:28,  
          Hebrews 10:11-12, Hebrews 10:14).

Three great needs of man in the spiritual realm:
      A. We are in need when saddened (John 14:1-4).
      B. We are in need when tempted (1st Corinthians 10:13, Hebrews 2:18)
      C. We are in need at death (Psalms 23).