Hebrews 5* The office and duty of a high priest abundantly answered inChrist. (1-10) The Christian Hebrews reproved for their littleprogress in the knowledge of the gospel. (11-14)1-10 The High Priest must be a man, a partaker of our nature.This shows that man had sinned. For God would not suffer sinfulman to come to him alone. But every one is welcome to God, thatcomes to him by this High Priest; and as we value acceptancewith God, and pardon, we must apply by faith to this our greatHigh Priest Christ Jesus, who can intercede for those that areout of the way of truth, duty, and happiness; one who hastenderness to lead them back from the by-paths of error, sin,and misery. Those only can expect assistance from God, andacceptance with him, and his presence and blessing on them andtheir services, that are called of God. This is applied toChrist. In the days of his flesh, Christ made himself subject todeath: he hungered: he was a tempted, suffering, dying Jesus.Christ set an example, not only to pray, but to be fervent inprayer. How many dry prayers, how few wetted with tears, do weoffer up to God! He was strengthened to support the immenseweight of suffering laid upon him. There is no real deliverancefrom death but to be carried through it. He was raised andexalted, and to him was given the power of saving all sinners tothe uttermost, who come unto God through him. Christ has left usan example that we should learn humble obedience to the will ofGod, by all our afflictions. We need affliction, to teach ussubmission. His obedience in our nature encourages our attemptsto obey, and for us to expect support and comfort under all thetemptations and sufferings to which we are exposed. Being madeperfect for this great work, he is become the Author of eternalsalvation to all that obey him. But are we of that number? 11-14 Dull hearers make the preaching of the gospel difficult,and even those who have some faith may be dull hearers, and slowto believe. Much is looked for from those to whom much is given.To be unskilful, denotes want of experience in the things of thegospel. Christian experience is a spiritual sense, taste, orrelish of the goodness, sweetness, and excellence of the truthsof the gospel. And no tongue can express the satisfaction whichthe soul receives, from a sense of Divine goodness, grace, andlove to it in Christ.
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