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17. Wherefore in all things it behoved Him to be made like unto his brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest, in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18. For in that He Himself hath suffered, being tempted, He is able to succour them that are tempted.
CHRIST MORE WORTHY THAN MO8 ES-TO BEWARE OF UNBELIEF.
How does Paul bespeak the attention of his brethren to the character and office of the Messiah?
1. Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus;
2. Who was faithful to Him that appointed Him, as also Moses was faithful in all bis house.
What comparison does the apostle draw between Moses and Christ?
5. Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after:
6. But Christ as a Son over his own house, whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope, firm unto the end.
Does 404 Paul's admonition show that there is
a danger of becoming hardened in sin, through unbelief?
12. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the Living God.
13. But exhort one another daily, while it is called to day, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
TIE POWER OF GOD'S WORD. — ENCOURAGEMENT TO APPROACH
THE TIRONE OF GRACE.
What cause did Paul assign, why the word preached was unprofitable to many ?
2. The word preached did not profit ihein, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
What does he assert concerning the operation of the Word of God?
12. The Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, aud of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Recile the apostle's invitation to the Hebrews, to regard Jesus as their great High Priest, and to come boldly to the Throne of Grace.
14. 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."
15. For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our in. firmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16. Let us therefore come boldly unto the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
THE AUTHORITY AND HONOUR OF OUR SAVIOUR'S PRIESTAVOD.
NEGLIGENCE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THEREOF REPROVED.
What was intended by the appointment of the high priest's office ?
1. Every high priest taken from among men is ordained. for men in things pertaining to God, that He may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.
Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
3. And by reason hereof he ought as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins,
To whom does the office of the priesthood under the Gospel belong?
4. No man taketh this honour unto himself, but be that is called of God, as was Aaron.
Is not Christ an effectual High Priest to all that obey Him?
8. Though be were a Son, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered ;
9. And being made perfect, He became the Author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him.
10. Called of God an High Priest after the order of Melcbisedec.
What reason does Paul give for not further explaining to the Hebrews the coming of Christ in the flesh; and how does he reprove them?
11. Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
12. For, when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
TO GO ON TO PERFECTION.-DANGER OF APOSTASY-DIFYER
ENCE BETWEEN FAITHFULNESS AND DISOBEDIENCE,
Is it sufficient to be made acquainted with the principles of the Gospel; or should we not seek to advance towards perfections
1. Therefore, leaving the principles of ille
doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God.
What are the evil consequences of apostasy.
4. It is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5. And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6. If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the son of God afresh, and put Him to an
By what simile does the apostle illustrate the great difference in the sight of God, between faithfulness and disobedience?
7. The earth, which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receivetla blessing from God :
8. But that which beareth thorns and briars is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing, whose end is to be burned.
CERIST JESUS A PRIEST AFTER THE ORDER OP MELCHISED EC.
THE GOSPEL MORE EXCELLENT THAN TRE LAW.
Who was thit cxcellent High Pricst, who