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This week we are continuing our series on Sunday nights titled “Jesus Christ as Our High Priest.”

The book of Hebrews isn’t the most popular book in the New Testament.

In many respects it is neglected.

The Jewish, or Old Testament, back ground that permeates every chapter has probably contributed to its neglect by many pastors.

The book of Hebrews portrays an exalted concept of Jesus Christ.

This week we are talking about,

Spiritual Discernment Offered.

Text

Hebrews 5:8-9 (ESV)

8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.

9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,

Scripture Reading

Hebrews 5:1-14 (ESV)

Introduction
The main point of this Scripture passage is found in verse 11.

The writer is saddened by the lack of spiritual discernment among the people.

A keen spiritual sensitivity is essential in believers’ lives.

The goal of this passage is to encourage the readers in Hebrews 5:14 (ESV)

14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

The passage is an Aid to Spiritual discernment.

Scripture spoke historically to its immediate situation, and it speaks prophetically to all future circumstances.

God used an earthly high priest as an example to teach the recipients of the Hebrews letter.

This man, as God’s minister, aided believers in their development of spiritual discernment.

Ordained by men.

Hebrews 5:1 (ESV)
5 For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.

A high priest was set apart by men to minister to them.

A high priest experienced the same basic needs as those he ministered to.

B. Man of infirmity.

Hebrews 5:2 (ESV)
2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.

A high priest also had the same weaknesses as those to whom he ministered

He took part in the same ignorance, the same iniquity, and the same obstinacy.

C. Man of sacrifice.

Hebrews 5:3 (ESV)
3 Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people.

A high priest was not above personal sin.

He was aware of his spiritual needs.

Consequently, the sacrifices he offered to God were for his own sake as well as that of others.

His spiritual discernment involved inward as well as outward wrongs.

D. Called by God.

Hebrews 5:4 (ESV)
4 And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

An outstanding characteristic of a high priest is that although he was ordained by men, he was called by God.

The position of high priest was not something a man took on himself.

He was appointed by God to aid others in spiritual discernment.

2. The source of spiritual discernment.

As an earthly high priest was an aid to spiritual discernment, the heavenly high priest, Jesus Christ, is the source of spiritual discernment.

Awareness of God and His activities is found in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ .

Begotten Son of God.

Hebrews 5:5 (ESV)

5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”;
Christ did not seek glory for himself.

Rather, God appointed Him to the divine task of serving as our supreme High Priest.

As the Father is the paternal source of the Son, so Christ is the source of our faith.

B. After Melchizadek.

Hebrews 5:6 (ESV)

6 as he says also in another place, “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.”

Hebrews 5:10 (ESV)
10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.

The high priesthood of Christ was as unique as that of the Old Testament priest Melchizadek.

Christ, like Melchizadek, was distinct in origin, order, and function.

He was not of the order of the Aaronaic priesthood.

C. Obedient through suffering.

Hebrews 5:8 (ESV)

8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.

Trials and tribulations develop a sensitive spirit.

Though Christ was by nature in total obedience to His Father, He was made even more aware of the Father’s will through hardships and suffering.

As the Son of God developed, so the sons and daughters of God must develop in spiritual discernment.

We develop as we obey God.

D. Secured salvation.

Hebrews 5:9 (ESV)
9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,

No moral imperfections exist within Jesus, yet His life was one of continually growing awareness.

When He reached full spiritual discernment, lets say, perfection, “He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him,”

This happened as Jesus died on the cross as the ultimate sacrifice.

The resulting salvation is limited only to those who obey Him.

3. There is an exhortation to spiritual discernment.

Need revealed.

Hebrews 5:11 (ESV)

Warning Against Apostasy

11 About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

The author was intently aware that his readers were “dull of hearing.”

They were in dire need of the spiritual discernment available through Christ.

B. Cause of need.

Hebrews 5:12-13 (ESV)

12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,

13 for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child.

The Christian community had failed to make spiritual progress.

Instead of advancing into a new spiritual dimension, they kept reverting to a review of the fundamentals of the New Testament faith.

C. Key to Growth.

Hebrews 5:14 (ESV)

14 But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.

An advantage to mature Christian living is the ability to enjoy the “strong heart” of God.

The key to attaining spiritual growth is simple, we must exercise the spiritual insights we already possess.

When we respond to the light God has allotted us, we then receive additional light.

Conclusion.

The author gave the formula for developing spiritual discernment in verse 14.

We need to be like “those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.”

Until next time

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