2. WE MAY PLEAD WITH HIM ON HIS OWN EXPERIENCE OF THE WEAKNESS OF OUR HUMANITY. “though he had known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth he knew him so no more,” 2 Corinthians 5:16; that is, though he had known Christ in the days of his flesh here in the world, whilst as a mortal man he conversed with mortal men, yet all the privilege thereof and advantage thereby, which some in those days boasted of, were past, and of use no longer; he was now to be known after another manner, and under another consideration, — as exalted at the right hand of God. He is capable of feeling for both, but not certainly in the same manner. Hence, as Christ was tempted in all points like as we are; as He is our example in resisting temptations; and as He sympathises with us in all our temptations, they think that He must have had a sinful tendency in His human nature. (79). 2. All He bore and all He remembers, and so in a sense bears still (note the present perfect tense), fits Him to sympathize with like weaknesses in us. He did it as an official act. “Poor little fellow!” sighed Beecher, whilst his eye moistened, “ain’t you very cold?” And the boy said, with a gulp, “I was, sir, before you passed by.”’. With all does the Son of God sympathize, and for the reason now to be given), nay rather (on δέ being a stronger adversative than ἀλλά, see on Hebrews 4:13 above), (one) tempted (Ebrard has a good note on the subject of our Lord’s temptations) in all things (see on ch. Here was the likeness of sinful flesh, Romans 8:5; and by thus assuming human nature, he was completely qualified to make an atonement for the sins of the world. No, with our “ infirmities.” Our virtues, dignities, and attainments, such as they are, get along very well; but our infirmities and transgressions need succour. It was only when the tide of God’s love came flowing into our heart that there was any chance of cheering away our despair. His compassionate soul melted with tenderness when He saw the widow weeping beside the bier; but at that very moment He stopped the bier and restored her only son to his mother’s arms. II. We can be tempted by the noblest impulses of which the human heart is capable. kata, App-104) all things. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. Loving righteousness and hating evil marked every moment of our Lord's existence on earth, as well as before He came. (H. W. It is true that He never could experience remorse. 15 For we do not have a high priest. He had never thought of glorying in weaknesses, taking pleasure in infirmities. He was tempted that He might teach us by His example how to meet and sustain temptation. It is no mere intellectual or ideal supposition. For let us also remember that His sympathy is as practical as it is ready, deep, and comprehensive. To one who gives as a King; therefore we ask largely and expectantly. That is where the Queen sits sometimes. However, one side note: if the author of Hebrews uses the ὁμοίος word-group in the same way that Paul does (and provided that my exegesis of Phil 2:6-7 above is correct), should we not say that he is here arguing that there is a distinction in Jesus’ suffering of temptation and ours? Does not “our” mean yours and mine? I will intercede for you’. Her heart was throbbing with many bewildering emotions. People may exclaim, "How could Christ be tempted in all points, since he had no child, did not grow old, never married, was not in business, etc., and therefore did not pass through every situation that produces temptation in men?" 9. And hence it is, namely, because of our concernment therein, that he gave so many particular instances of his retaining the same human nature wherein he suffered. 1878. Hebrews 2:17-18. Here He vouchsafed His special presence, as upon His throne. When we come to the throne we should look on Him in all the friendly, brotherly, Scriptural relations in which He has discovered Himself to us. Into this rest we should earnestly labor to enter, Hebrews 4:11. Thus when we come in prayer to the Father we should not only consider Christ’s glory, but also His close relationship with us. But if I understand the high priest’s office aright, he had many things to do which come under this general description, but which might not suggest themselves, if you did not have the items set before you. (E. Paxton Hood. 1. The door of heaven is always open for the prayers of God’s people. Hebrews 5:2; Hebrews 7:8. I do not come to Him any longer through the atonement; that is His look-out. All other rights reserved. So long as we are fully in His sympathy, let our sorrows, shame, trials, temptations, be what they may, we are safe. Are we tempted to deflection from the path of obedience by the infirmities of the good, or the crafty questioning of the worldly wise? He was made subject to all the trials, sorrows, and sufferings which belong to man in his fallen state, save and except those which are inseparably connected with the ignorance, the alienation from God, and the habits of sin, which adhere to every other child of Adam. For all experience issues from certain definite foundations of faculty; and it is enough if every faculty which works in us was proved, pained, tempted, and tried in Him, and tried up to this measure, that no man should thereafter live who should have any temptation or trial that should make against any given faculty such a pressure as was made against our Saviour. 4. The text assures us of the contrary. “shew himself alive to his disciples after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God,” Acts 1:3. providing particularly that they should not think or take him now to be a mere spirit, and so to have lost his natural human constitution, saying unto them. 8. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. I fully believe it. Either know not the nature of this priesthood, or do not at all endeavor to improve this office of Christ as that which they have an interest in. 3. Or rather the meaning is, (which seems more natural, and must be included according to the course of the apostle's reasoning,) that we should hold fast our profession in every respect, because we have a High-priest who knows how to sympathize with us, and will be the more inclined to favour us, since, though he was without sin, yet he was perfected through sufferings: ch. He is capable of sympathizing, for He was at the same time tempted without sin, and yet truly tempted [Bengel]. ii. As we, Jesus Christ was tried in His estate or condition, tried by poverty, persecution, contempt, misrepresentation, desertion, tried by friendlessness, and tried by solitude. Enter his cell, and tell him you have brought him good news. Remember, He could look round about Him with anger. Hebrews 10:34. O could we but see what his grace Isaiah , what his grace has, what his grace does; and could we but feel more what it is doing in and for ourselves, we would have more exalted views of the reign of grace now exercised on high by Zion"s enthroned King! ", I read to this friend Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, with the Lord's answer to his three times beseeching that his "thorn in the flesh" might be removed--(a physical infirmity, but a "messenger of Satan" to keep "buffeting" him: that he "might not be exalted overmuch"): "He hath said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee"; and Paul's wonderful response: "Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Not merely test, but trial. If they listened only to the warnings from the disastrous history of their forefathers, who perished in the wilderness as the penalty of their backsliding from God, they would be driven to despair lest they should fall after the same example of unbelief; but he points them to the Saviour, who is stronger than all their enemies, and to the love and grace that can redeem them from all their sins. You may be free, for you are welcome. Conceive then a case in which the gratification of any one of these inclinations was inconsistent with His Father’s will. The conscientious man has seen disaster coming, His wife was reared in affluence; she has parted with her luxuries, and is doing the work of servants. Hebrews 4:15 Context. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Ου γαρ εχομεν Αρχιερεα μη δυναμενον συμπαθησαι ταις ασθενειαις ἡμων·, For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched -, But was in all points tempted like as we are -, For comfort to the people of Christ. He who would sympathise must be content to be tried and tempted.
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