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…
I. THE SEAT OF POWER.
1. A throne — the symbol of dominion — where God manifests His glory (Isaiah 6:1; Revelation 19:4; Matthew 6:13).
2. Power may be taken in two senses-authority and ability. Christ possesses both (Hebrews 8:1).
3. He has authority to pardon, to bestow the gift of sonship, to exercise supreme control (Matthew 9:6; John 1:12; John 17:2).
4. The secret of our power over evil lies in our being under Christ's control (Luke 7:8; Ecclesiastes 8:4).
II. THE PLACE OF WORSHIP.
1. The distinction between the Cross and the throne.
2. The place of atonement and the place of worship (Exodus 25:22).
3. The provisions for worship in Christ. Access (Ephesians 2:18; Ephesians 3:12; Hebrews 10:19, 20). Pardon and acceptance (Hebrews 10:23).
III. THE SOURCE OF SUPPLY.
1. TO meet our unworthiness. "Mercy."
2. To meet our insufficiency. "Grace." "My grace" — "for thee" (2 Corinthians 12:9).
3. A river proceeding out of the throne (Revelation 22:1).
4. The exhortation: "Let us come boldly." "Let us draw near" — "with a true heart" — "in full assurance of faith" (Hebrews 10:22).
(E. H. Hopkins.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.