Some Privileges Of the Christian.
Heb. 4:14-16
(NAS)
14 Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as {we are, yet} without sin.
16 Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need.

KJV
14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

NIV
14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-- yet was without sin.
16 Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

INTRODUCTION:
A Christian has many Privileges. We have perhaps a 100 or 1,000 blessings; it depends on how you count. Today I want to take my text and emphasize three of our blessings.

1. The Privilege of . . Bragging on the Savior. v 15

2. The Privilege of . . Boldness in Supplications. v 16 a

3. The Privilege of . . Blessings for our Shortcomings. v 16 b



1. The Privilege of . . Bragging on the Savior. v 15


[15] For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

A. Brag concerning His . . Sympathy. v 15 a

B. Brag concerning His . . Seduction. v 15 b (tempted in all points)

C. Brag concerning His . . Sinlessness.
Jn.8:46, 2 Cor 5:21, 1Pet.2:22, 1 Jn. 3:5

ILLUSTRATION:
In his book "The Witness is Witness," David Augsburger told an imaginary story about a man who had just arrived in heaven. Attracted by a large crowd, he inquired what was going on, "Oh, it's 'show and tell' time," came the answer. He was asked if he had anything he'd like to share. "Why sure," the new arrival quickly responded, "I'll tell about the big flood we had back in 1889 when I was a boy in Pennsylvania." "That will be fine," he was told, "but remember, Noah will be in the audience." WE ARE NOT BRAGGING ON SELF

ILLUSTRATION:
Corrie Ten Boom was not looking forward to her turn to speak. She and the others in her ministry team had gone to a prison to talk to the inmates about Christ. They had set up their equipment at one end of a long corridor lined with cells. The men peered through the bars to see the visitors.

First, a woman sang, and the prisoners tried to drown her out. Then, when a young man stood to pray, the noise grew worse. Finally, it was Corrie's turn. Shouting to be heard, she said, "When I was alone in a cell for four months..." Suddenly, the corridor grew quiet. With those few words, Corrie established a bond with the prisoners. They realized that she knew what they were going through. Her time in a World War II prison camp made her one of them.

This incident reminds us of something important about Jesus' coming to this earth. When He "became flesh and dwelt among us," He became one of us. Therefore, He understands our suffering. He knows what we are going through.

APPLICATION:
The Privilege of . . Bragging on the Savior. READ VERSE AGAIN



2. The Privilege of . . Boldness in Supplications. v 16 a

{16 a} Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace,. . . "

A. Supplication includes all kinds of praying.
KJV The word translated boldly, 11 times, boldly, 5 times confidence.
Strong's # 3954 parrhesia (par-rhay-see'-ah); from 3956 and a derivative of 4483; all out-spokenness, i.e. frankness, bluntness,

Boldly translated as confidence KJV
Heb 10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.
strong>A. Boldness in spite . . of our Sin.
1. Sin wants to keep you away from prayer.

B. Boldness in spite . . of our Seniority.
1. This idea not part of verse but a good point generally.

C. Boldness because of the . . Savior.

ILLUSTRATION:
William Marshall told of a new Christian who had a refreshing spontaneity in his relationship with the Lord. A week after he had accepted Christ as his Savior, he met with a group of other believers to study the Bible. Before beginning, they knelt to pray, each taking his turn.

When it came time for the new convert to pray, he said with youthful enthusiasm,

"O God, three cheers for Jesus!"

Have you ever noticed how a new Christian is Bold in Prayer?

APPLICATION:
The Privilege of . . Boldness in Supplications.



3. The Privilege of . . Benevolence in our Shortcomings. v 16

{16 b] ". . . that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need."

EXPLANATION: Contrast Mercy and Grace.

Mercy: is God not giving us what we deserve.

Grace: is God giving us what we do not deserve.

A. Benevolence of His . . Forbearance.

1. His mercy is not based on our merit but in spite of it.

B. Benevolence of His . . Favor.

1. His grace in a time of need.

ILLUSTRATION:
Many years ago two young men were working their way through Stanford University. At one point their money was almost gone, so they decided to engage the great pianist Paderewski for a concert and use the profits for board and tuition. Paderewski's manager asked for a guarantee of $2,000. The students worked hard to promote the concert, but they came up $400 short. After the performance, they went to the musician, gave him all the money they had raised, and promised to pay the $400 as soon as they could. It appeared that their college days were over. "No, boys, that won't do," said the pianist. "take out of this $1,600 all your expenses, and keep for each of you 10 percent of the balance for your work. Let me have the rest."

Years passed. Paderewski became premier of Poland following World War I. Thousands of his countrymen were starving. Only one man could help, the head of the U.S. Food and Relief Bureau. Paderewski's appeal to him brought thousands of tons of food. Later he met the American statesman to thank him. "That's all right," replied Herbert Hoover. "Besides, you don't remember, but you helped me once when I was a student in college."

CONCLUSION:

1. The Privilege of . . Bragging on the Savior. v 15

2. The Privilege of . . Boldness in Supplications. v 16 a

3. The Privilege of . . Blessings for our Shortcomings. v 16 b

James McCullen prepared this message to be delivered in the Sunday Morning worship service . The pastor and several members pray for the Holy Spirit to anoint every use of this message. We hope this written copy will be a blessing to aid your Christian walk. br wp="br1">





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