Hold Fast Your Confession - Hebrews 4:14-16
Topic: Gentle and Lowly Passage: Hebrews 4:14–4:16
091921-“Hold Fast Your Confession” Hebrews 4:14-16. “Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God” -Hebrews 3:12.
“But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons” -1 Timothy 4:1. Doctrine:“a body or system of teachings related to a particular subject.”
Sermon In A Sentence:The power to hold onto our faith is not in ourselves; but, in Jesus who delivers us from our weaknesses & our sin by His work as our great High Priest.
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens—Jesus the Son of God—let us hold fast to the confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time” -Hebrews 4:14-16.
Hold Fast Your Confession Of Hope In Jesus Because:
-He is our great High Priest
-He sympathizes with our weaknesses
-He was tempted to sin just like us
-He gives us access to the throne of grace
-He provides us mercy & grace just in time
“All our natural intuitions tell us that Jesus is with us, on our side, present and helping, when life is going well. This text says the opposite. It is in ‘our weaknesses’ that Jesus sympathizes with us… ‘Sympathize’ here is not cool and detached pity. It is a depth of felt solidarity such as is echoed in our own lives most closely only as parents to children.” -Dane Ortlund, Gentle & Lowly, p.46.
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it” -1 Corinthians 10:13