Hence He should have been made like His brothers in all things that He might become a merciful and faithful High Priest in the things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17
In Chapter 13 when Witness Lee shares that the two words merciful and faithful point out His two natures on page 141-142:
Why does the writer of Hebrews use the words merciful and faithful to describe this HIgh Priest? Why does he not us just one word or more than two? The answer is that in the first two chapters of this book the writer has mainly covered two points--that Christ is the Son of God, God Himself, and the Son of Man, man Himself. Merciful corresponds with His being a man, and faithful corresponds with HIs being God. In order to be faithful we not only need virtue but also ability. Suppose I have spoken a word to you as a promise. Although my virtue may be good, I may not have the ability to keep my word. I have the heart to be faithful in keeping my word, but I lack the ability….But this High Priest is not merely an honest man; He is the faithful God. God is faithful (10:23). He will fulfill whatever He says. God never lies (6:18). Whatever He has spoken He is able to fulfill. He has every means to fulfill what He has spoken. Only God can be fully faithful….What can frustrate God from fulfilling His word? Nothing. Jesus can be a faithful High Priest because He is the very Almighty God. Since He, as the Son of God, is God Himself, He is able to be faithful (Lee, Witness. Life-Study of Hebrews. Anaheim: Living Stream Ministry, 1975, Print).
. Because Jesus put on our human nature, He can sympathize with us and be merciful toward us. As our High Priest Christ knows what we're going through. He was made like us for this very purpose so that He can connect with us and bear our sorrows. And because He's God, He doesn't ever let go of us--He is faithful to always come and speak the word we need.
As I was thinking about Christ being our High Priest I thought of the Footprints poem. Over 20 years ago my grandmother on my mom's side sent me a card with this poem. It's in a frame in my room because it's very meaningful to me. This poem really portrays the depth of what it's like to experience Christ as our High Priest.
You can also listen to live excerpts from these messages on Hebrews on The Life-Study of the Bible with Witness Lee. You will enjoy listening to both the excerpts from the spoken messages and the helpful and enlightening commentary of the radio hosts.
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What Does God's Speaking Shows us In Hebrews 1:1-2?
What Does Hebrews 2:10 Say About Christ?