Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Protraits of Christ

Pastor Earlene Davis - Wichita, KS

A description Apostle Paul gives of Christ in Hebrews 4:14 is Christ, our “Great High Priest.”  “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.” For all our blessings and victories are dependent upon Him.

He is “The Word,” of which the printed page is simply the channel of operation. Verses 12 & 13 states the power of the word of God and that it searches men’s hearts, for it is living and active. Every creature, and all things are opened unto His eyes. He is Omniscient, knowing all things. He has passed into the heavens, in spite of fierce opposition from Satan. The working of God’s might power, raised Christ from the dead, and sat Him at His own right hand, Eph. 1:19-20. He is there in the presence of God in our behalf, our Great High Priest – Heb. 7:25; 8:1.

“Let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” Vs. 14–15 of Hebrews 4. “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” - Heb  2:18. Succour means He is able to help, aid, relieve or grant protection.

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” – Heb. 4:16 – When the fiery law was given to Moses, sinful man could not approach the throne of God. But God’s Son, as High Priest offered Himself, as the sacrifice for mankind, and ascended to heaven with atoning wounds. Now, the throne of law has become the throne of grace. Precious! Precious!

Hebrews 10:21-23 - “And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised).” For we have a Representative in heaven, a Mediator, a Go-between, our Elder Brother, our Lord and Savior. This is how the God of Justice see us, through the wounds of His Son. He died for you, He died for me.

The throne of grace challenges our faith, for the hand of God’s mercy is stretched out to every needy one. We experience unnecessary pain of heart and body when we do not accept the challenge. May we always remember, the power that raised Jesus from the dead is to usward who believe. May we not let Satan hold us down, nor let the flesh rob us of our rights in Christ. Our High Priest waits to serve us. The greatest sin among believers is unbelief, the sin of unbelief.

Jesus said to the father of the demoniac son, “If thou can believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” Immediately the father cried out with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief. And Jesus cast out the dumb and deaf spirit. In Matthew 17, the disciples asked Jesus why they were unable to cast out the evil spirit. Jesus answered them, “because of your unbelief.” We are admonished in Hebrews 12:1 to “lay aside every weight, and the sin (of unbelief) which so easily besets us, and run with patience the race set before us.”

I John 2:1, “We have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” I Peter 5:7, “Cast all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” We either believe this or not. Hebrews 11:6 - “Without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.”