Hebrews 4:14–16

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 (HCSB)

Now, all Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for equipping the believer, but it is undeniable that there are some portions of Scripture that bear more direct and universal application than others. This is one such passage.

This is one of the most concise statements of the Incarnation in the New Testament. As we have seen in the previous chapters, the writer has gone to great length to demonstrate both the divinity and humanity of Christ. Although we will be treating these verses by themselves, we must never forget that the letter was intended to be taken as a whole. So before we carry on I would suggest going back to read starting at 3:1-6, for the confession referenced here that we are to hold fast to… is the same confession which Jesus is the high priest of.

Here our author encourages us, because of everything said between 3:1-6 and here, to hold fast to the confession. The reason, he says, is because Jesus is our high priest. Rather than having an ineffective high priest, instead we have a high priest who can sympathize with our weakness. He stepped into our nature and lived as we live. He suffered as we suffer. He truly and really experienced our temptations and weaknesses.

In addition to this, as the mediator of our confession who was faithful and has built us into the house of the Lord, and rules over it as the Son of the Master’s household. First among many brothers whom he has brought in, it is because of his mediation and faithfulness that we can go into the Father’s throne room. It is because he possessed the right by nature to dwell in the Father’s presence, and because he earned that right by means of obedient suffering, that he can then grant that right to us. It is in this filial blessing of adoption that we find mercy and grace.