Hebrews Lesson 8

Lesson 8
Hebrews 4:12-16

Henry Mahan

(Vs. 12) Does "the Word of God" here mean the Incarnate Word, Jesus Christ; or does the passage refer to the Bible and to the gospel? You will find John Owen, John Gill, and a host of others who say this is Christ, our Lord, Who is the Word. On the other side John Calvin and others all declare it is the Scriptures that Paul is calling the Word of God. Why can't it be both? Christ and the Scriptures must go together! As Christ reveals the Father, so this Book reveals Christ; they cannot be separated. Christ is the Truth; Christ is the Gospel. It is only because Christ is alive that His Word is alive and effectual (John 1:1-4; John 1:14; John 5:39; Luke 24:44-46; Acts 10:43).

(Vs. 13) Christ, our Lord, is omniscient. There is no creature, angel or man, but what is known to Him and seen by Him (John 2:23-25). He knows unbelievers, He knows false professors, and He knows His sheep (John 10:14). There is not a thought, an imagination, a motive, a word, or a deed that He does not know. It is all uncovered and opened to Him with Whom we HAVE to do. Christ the incarnate Word and Christ the revealed and written Word will be dealt with by every creature. Believers have to do with Him NOW as our Prophet, Priest, and King. We have to do with His righteousness, His blood, and His intercession! Unbelievers WILL HAVE to do with Him in that great day (John 5:22; John 12:48-49).

(Vs. 14) Christ is called the GREAT High Priest because of the DEITY of His person, the EFFICACY of His sacrifice, and the PLACE in which He officiates--HEAVEN! (Heb. 9:11-12; Heb. 9:24.) He is also great in respect to the CONTINUATION of His priesthood. Insomuch as we have such a great High Priest and such a certain hope of eternal life in Him, let us hold fast our faith in Him. Let us hold fast our inward confidence, make use of the means of grace such as prayer, worship, study, and fellowship, and by words and deeds show forth His praise (Heb. 3:6; Heb. 3:14).

(Vs. 15) Though He is God and totally without any sin, He is able to sympathize with His people; for when He came to this earth, He was tempted and tried in all points as we are, yet He knew no sin. He understands our weaknesses and infirmities, our pains and tears, our temptations from Satan. This union with Christ not only brings His pity and sympathy but also His Divine assistance, support, and deliverance (I John 2:1).

(Vs. 16) "Let US" (all believers, all who love Christ and rest in His redemptive work) "come BOLDLY" (without fear of being turned away because of our sins and infirmities, without fear of condemnation) before "the THRONE OF GRACE" (because Christ obeyed the law and died for our sins, the throne of judgment and justice is now a throne of grace). Here we will find mercy and grace for every need (Heb. 10:19-24).

Henry Mahan
Ashland, Ky.