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Hebrews 5 (4:14-5:10) - Made Perfect in Christ

You can stand confidently before God because of your perfect representative.


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CHAPTER SHIFT - Of course we know that chapters and verses were not part of the original scriptures, but were added over the centuries. These divisions certainly make it easy to find a specific text within the Bible, but, as is the case today, the divisions do not always seem to be placed in the right spots.


Chapter 5 should start in 4:14 and extend to 5:10, and chapter 6 should start at 5:11. This is how we'll Dig Deeper into these passages.



Dig Deeper


Jesus fulfills all of the key Old Testament roles: He is a prophet, a priest, and a king. The book of Hebrews focuses on His priestly role.


Whereas a prophet represents God to the people, a priest represents the people to God. This means that Jesus, our priest, is the one standing between His holy, righteous Father and you.


Jesus, our high priest, experienced the same sort of temptations you and I do... if fact, even worse (you and I have not been tempted by Satan himself after fasting for forty days)!


He knows exactly what it's like to be you, and even more than a human priest, He will 'deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray' (5:2).


Yet human priests had one big (huge) problem: they were just as sinful as the people the represented, and therefore they had their own sins that kept them separated from God (5:3). The key difference between Jesus and us is that Jesus 'did not sin' (4:15).


He had the perfect righteousness God demands, and as we'll learn, when you believe in Him, that righteousness is given to you!



AAA Prayer:

  • ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father is holy, righteous and perfect, and all who stand before Him must be as well;

  • ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Thank God that you are represented before Him by His perfect Son, and pray that you trust in Him completely.

  • ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: Approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that you may receive mercy and grace to help you in your needs (4:16).

 

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