“The Love of Christ Jesus”/Jesus The Great High Priest and Warning Against Falling Away

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus

“Jesus The Great High Priest”/Acts 5:1) For 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:  Hebrews 8:3, 4.  2) Who can  have compassion (can reasonably bear) on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself is compassed with infirmity.  3) And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.  4) And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.  5) So also Christ glorified not Himself to be made an High Priest; but He that said unto Him, Thou Art My Son, to day have I Begotten Thee.  6) As He saith also in another place, Thou Art a Priest for ever after the Order of Melchisedec.  7) Who in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto Him that was able to save Him from death, and was heard in that He feared;  8) Though He 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 Melchisedec:  Hebrews 6:20.

“Warning Against Falling Away”, Acts 5:11) 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.   13) For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the Word of Righteousness:  for he is a babe.  14) But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use (an habit) have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. 

Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-10, The High Priest must be a man, a partaker of our nature.  This shows that man had sinned.  For God did not suffer sinful man to come to Him alone.  But every one is welcome to God, that comes to Him by faith to this, our great High Priest Christ Jesus, who can intercede for those that are out of the way of Truth.  In the days of His flesh, Christ made Himself subject to death.  He hungered.  He was a tempted, suffering, dying Jesus.  Christ set an example, not only to pray, but to be fervent in prayer.  How many dry prayers, how few wetted with tears, do we offer up to God!  There is no real deliverance from death but to be carried through it.  He was raised and exalted, and to Him was given the Power of Saving all sinners to the uttermost, who come unto God through Him.  We need affliction to teach us submission.  His obedience in our nature encourages our attempts to obey, and we may expect support and comfort under all the temptations and suffering to which we are exposed.  v11-14, Dull hearers make the preaching of the Gospel difficult, and even those who have some faith may be dull hearers, and slow to believe.  Much is looked for from those to whom much is given.  No tongue can express the satisfaction which the soul receives from the Divine goodness, grace, and love in Christ Jesus.  Amen. 

More to come and God Bless You.


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