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Summary: 1 of 2. Hebrews sets before its audience a deeper consideration of the priesthood of their Christian confession. But what challenges do traditionists face in this? Challenges traditionists face in accepting a Perfect Priesthood are...

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SERIES: The Careful Considerations of Our Christian Confession

Hebrews 3:1-6; 7-17; 3:18--4:11; 4:11-13; 4:14---5:11

The Hebrews writer pressed upon his audience to deeply/profoundly consider the aspect of their Christian confession concerning Jesus as their Apostle & High Priest.

The Hebrews writer pressed upon his audience to further consider the intricacies of their Christian confession.

Christians, tempted by tradition, are encouraged toward a deeper/further consideration of their Christian confession.

What barriers/tendencies do Christians, tempted toward tradition(traditionists), face in their Christian confession?

5 Challenges traditionists must face/reckon with in their Christian confession.

A—A challenge traditionists face in their Christian confession is acceptance of a...GREATER / LESSER STEWARDSHIP(3:1-6) Faithfulness

B—A challenge traditionists face in their Christian confession is acceptance of a...SINGULAR / DIVIDED HEART(3:7-17)

C—A challenge traditionists face in their Christian confession is acceptance of a...PERMANENT / TEMPORARY REST(3:18--4:11)

D—A challenge traditionists face in their Christian confession is acceptance of a...FULL DISCLOSURE / SECRECY(4:11-13)

Tiger Woods--John Edwards--Jesse James, etc.

E—A challenge traditionists face in their Christian confession is acceptance of a...PERFECT vs. an Earthly PRIESTHOOD(4:14--5:11)

Last time in Hebrews, we looked at...

D— The challenge of choosing ...

FULL DISCLOSURE vs. SECRECY(4:11-13)

Today’s Consideration is...

E— The challenge of choosing ...

PERFECTION(PRIESTHOOD) vs. IMPERFECTION(4:14—5:11)

OR

The CHALLENGE of CHOOSING a PERFECT PRIESTHOOD/Mediator

Hebrews 4:14—5:11

Attention:

Representative/Go-between who fails.

Our trips to car dealerships to buy:

A new Chrysler, Town & Country in Jax, FL

Jerome—mislead us from the get-go.—Make, Model, Wheels, Stereo

&:

A Used Nissan in Salisbury, NC—passing prices back & forth on sheets of paper—What’s up with that?

Neither of these were reliable mediators in getting us a car.

Need:

Why would I want to choose Jesus when I can go to the church building, walk up to the priest, share my concerns with him directly, & receive his blessing?

The practical aspects of Catholicism are of this genre/ilk/stripe. The religion(approaching Jesus) takes precedence over the relationship(with Jesus).

The writer to the Hebrews set before his audience a deeper/further consideration of a Perfect Priesthood.

Christians, tempted by tradition, are encouraged toward a deeper/further consideration of a Perfect Priesthood.

What challenges do Christians, tempted toward tradition(traditionists), face in the consideration of a Perfect Priesthood?

6 Challenges traditionists must face in their confession of a Perfect Priesthood.

1—The challenge of choosing a Perfect Priesthood is accepting

The Priest’s PATH(:14)

Explanation:(:14)Travel

:14—“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.”

See 3:1—As a result of our possessing for our own, a “High Priest” of such “great” stature & station, then we are compelled to, thru our own power, take possession(to ourselves) of that “confession” we have made in Christ.


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