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A DIVINE SUPPORT SYSTEM (3)

Hebrews 4:14-15

Victor M. Eskew

 

INTRODUCTION

 

A.  There are two truths about the Christian’s rest that we must constantly keep in mind.

1.    It takes labor for us to enter therein (Heb. 4:11).

2.    It is possible for the child of God to come short of that rest (Heb. 4:1).

 

B.   If we were attempting to get into that rest all by ourselves, the task might seem impossible.  We, however, do not have to “go it alone.”  God has given what I refer to as “A Divine Support System” (Heb. 4:12-16).

1.    The Sword of the Spirit (Heb. 4:12)

2.    The Sight of His Eyes (Heb. 4:13)

3.    The Son as our High Priest (Heb. 4;14-16)

 

I.         THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT (Heb. 4:12)

 

II.       THE SEEING EYES OF GOD (Heb. 4:13)

 

III.      THE SON, OUR HIGH PRIEST (Heb. 4:14-16)

 

A.  If anything keeps us from our rest, it will be sin in our lives.

 

B.   God has made provision for this sin through a high priest, Jesus Christ.  In this section, we learn three things:

1.    The Priest (Heb. 4:14)

 

2.    The Perception (Heb. 4:15)

 

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling our our infirmities; but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

 

a.    Not unsympathetic:  We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities.

1)     Our God is not withdrawn as is the god of deism.

2)    Does Jesus care?  Oh, yes, He cares.  His heart is touched with my grief.

b.    Experienced:  But was in all points tempted like as we are

1)     He did not meet the exact same challenges that we meet, but all temptations fall into the same three categories:  the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (I John 2:15-17).

2)    Jesus faced each one of these kinds of temptation (Matt. 4:1-11).

c.    Victorious:  yet without sin