I'm listening, as I generally do, to a stream of videos without looking at them. I just want the music, and this helps me concentrate on God.Note I am doing this at home: though we are in the process of installing a bluetooth front end in Son two's new car, because distractions on Kiwi Roads cause you to meet Mr Ditch
It does mean at times I have to swap tabs and stop the moar commercial and heretical stuff (Bethel). But my question today is how can we do this? For our God is a consuming fire, and though I'm sure that the singers and praise leaders are more righteous than I am, we are all flawed.
The answer is five words. Jesus is our high Priest
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 is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
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. 2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. 3 Because of this he is bound to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. 4 And no one takes this honour for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
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”;
6 as he says also in another place,
“You are a priest for ever,
after the order of Melchizedek.”
7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. 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, 10 being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
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We can only come to God through him and by him. Baptism shows us this and it, like communion, is more than a symbol.
(Yes, I'm repeating songs). So let us praise God with confidence, for through Christ we are treated gently. And we are held in the love of God, in trust. For, as Kea says, no one should fear their father.