Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 6, 2021

“You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;”

Today’s devotion comes from Hebrews 12:4.

“You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin;”   Hebrews 12:4. 

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Other doctrine thinks of itself and the need to try harder through the flesh to resist temptation.

But, Reformed Doctrine thinks of the One Who did resist to the point of shedding blood in His striving against sin.

“And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives;  and the disciples also followed Him.  When He arrived at the place, He said to them, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”  And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me;  yet not My will, but Yours be done.”  Now an angel from heaven appeared to Him, strengthening Him.  And being in agony He was praying very fervently;  and His sweat became like drops of blood, falling down upon the ground.  When He rose from prayer, He came to the disciples and found them sleeping from sorrow, and said to them, “Why are you sleeping?  Get up and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”  Luke 12:39-46.

There is hope for us in this One, Jesus Christ!

“In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.  Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.  And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation, being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.”  Hebrews 5:7-11.

“Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.  For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.”  Hebrews 2:17-18.

“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.  Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  Hebrews 4:15-16.

“Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.”  Hebrews 7:25.


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