Hopeful Frailty 11 Study Questions Week 3
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5. Read Hebrews 4:14-16
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 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. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
& II Corinthians 13:3-4
Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you. For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. For we also are weak in him, but we shall live with him by the power of God toward you.
What was Christ’s weakness?
His physical, flesh and blood, body: He knows what it means to be human: to hunger, and thirst, and be cold, to be tired, to feel rejected and betrayed, to be abandoned by friends in trial circumstances, to feel sorrow and pain, to die.
His feelings for us : Don’t we sometimes feel our children are our Achilles Heel? If someone wants to get to me they can do it most thoroughly through my children. Multiply that Love ad infinitum and you have what Christ feels for us. In that sense we are His weakness, His Achilles Heel.
His humanity: Philippians 2: 5-8 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
The direct translation of the phrase “made Himself of no reputation” is emptied Himself. “The general sense is that He divested Himself of that peculiar mode of existence which was proper and peculiar to Him as one with God. He laid aside the form of God. In so doing, He did not divest Himself of His divine nature. The change was a change of state: the form of a servant for the form of God. His personality continued the same. His self-emptying was not self-extinction, nor was the divine Being changed into a mere man. In His humanity He retained the consciousness of deity, and in His incarnate state carried out the mind which animated Him before His incarnation. He was not unable to assert equality with God. He was able not to assert it.” Vincent’s Word Studies of the New Testament, The Epistles of Paul, Philippians II, page 433.
What was His strength? First of all, just as Jesus was fully man, so He was fully God.
Hebrews 1:1-3 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.
He is all things perfect and powerful. He is Love, Light, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, the Word, Savior, Lord, Righteousness, Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, the Alpha and the Omega. He is all in all.
6. Look up the following verses and record what each one says about our confidence or strength:
a. I Samuel 2:4 Though our strength may be broken, we who stumble are armed with strength.
b. II Samuel 22:29-37 God is our light in darkness, our mighty warrior, He is a buckler to all who trust Him, He is our strength and power, He makes our way perfect, He sets us in high places, He gives us the shield of salvation.
c. I Chronicles 16:11 We are to actively seek His face and His strength
d. Nehemiah 8:10 The joy of the Lord is our strength
e. Psalm 33: 16-22 No human being or created thing, regardless of how powerful, can deliver us from death. The eyes of the Lord are upon those who fear Him to deliver them and keep them alive in famine. He is our shield, our protection: our heart shall rejoice in Him because we have trusted in His Holy name.
f. Psalm 118:8-9 In His name and the strength of His name we will destroy our enemies. (our enemy is sin.)
g. Proverbs 3:26 The Lord is our confidence and shall keep our foot from being taken.
h. Proverbs 14:26 He is our confidence and our refuge.
I. Romans 5:6 For when we were yet without strength, Christ died for us.
We need to keep the eternal perspective, realizing that while calamities do happen to God’s people in this life, “not a hair of our head shall perish” Luke 21:18. We are the apple (“little maiden”) of God’s eye. Zechariah 2:8
Excerpted from Belinda Dunn "Confident Weakness" Bible Study. Study questions hers, answers and comments by Janice Cartwright
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