Hebrews 4:14 -- "Having, then, a great High Priest, who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession."
A GREAT HIGH PRIEST, JESUS THE SON OF GOD
The name JESUS speaks of His humanity, and of His work as a Saviour from sin. This is the first work of the priest -- the cleansing , the putting away of sin.
Secondly, the name SON OF GOD speaks of His divinity, and His power as High Priest, really to bring us to God, into the very life and fellowship of the Holy One. It is in His Son that God speaks to us; it is to the perfect fellowship and blessedness of the ever-blessed One that our great High Priest that is passed through the heavens can, and does indeed, bring us.
HAVING, THEREFORE, A GREAT HIGHT PRIEST, LET US HOLD FAST OUR CONFESSION
We become partakers of Christ, IF WE HOLD FAST. Our faith in Christ must be CONFESSED. The knowledge of what He is is our strength to hold fast our confession.
If we have Him as our great Hight Priest, He is worthy of it; our souls will delight in rendering Him this homage; without it failure will speedily come; without it, the grace of steadfastness and perseverance, cannot be maintained.
WHO HAS PASSED THROUGH THE HEAVENS
Having passed through the heavens beyond all thought of space and place, into the mystery of the diving glory and power.
That He might in divine power breathe that heavenly life into our hearts. His whole priesthood has, as its one great characteristic -- heavenliness.
He communicates the purity, the power, the life of heaven to us.
We live in heaven with Him.
He lives with heaven in us.
With Him in our hearts we have the Kingdom of Heaven within us, in which God's will is done, as in heaven, so on earth.
Let us not fall short of the rest, as partakers of the heavenly calling -- consider the Apostle and High Priest of our CONFESSION -- Jesus.
Having Jesus, let us HOLD FAST.
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