Surrender Control – BT8

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Jesus understands and helps us in our weakness

 

 

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Jesus, our high priest, “sympathizes with our weaknesses, because in every respect, He has been tempted as we are, but without sin” (a), “because He Himself has suffered when tempted, so he is able to help those who are being tempted” (b), and just as “every high priest is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sin.  He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since He Himself is beset with weakness . . . So also Christ was appointed by God, saying: ‘You are priest forever,’ . . . being designated by God a high priest.” (c).  Of course the analogy isn’t perfect, because Jesus is no longer “beset with weakness” because He died and was resurrected from the dead, no more to return to corruption (d). <Notes> a) Hebrews 4:15, b) Hebrews 2:18, c) Hebrews 5:1-2, d) Acts 13:34-37; Romans 8:11.

 

Christ’s “Spirit helps us in our weakness, for we have already, with ongoing results, absolutely in fact do not eido mentally ‘see’ to perceive/know what to aiteo ask-pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself actually ongoingly intercedes for us with groanings/sighings which cannot be expressed in words (a).  But we know that the very reason Paul “proseuchomai conversationally-prays in tongues more than them all,” and the very reason he tells them he “wants them ALL to proseuchomai conversationally-pray in tongues,” is for this very reason – you don’t have to understand one word of “mystery” you are saying (b) – see Grace-Gifts<Notes> a) Romans 8:26, b) 1 Corinthians 14:1-2, 5, 14-15, 18, Acts 10:46.

 

Jesus said “I will give you another Parakletos (a) to be with you forever, that is, the Spirit of The Truth . . . You know Him for He dwells with you (b) and shall actually be in you.”  There are several NT verses that say that Christ as the Holy Spirit is all this now for us (c)!  <Notes> a) Jesus was the first Parakletos: ‘Close-beside’ caller, summoner, or inviter; helper, succorer, or assistant; encouraging teacher, counselor, comforter, or consoler; defense-attorney, judicial-advocate, or court-intercessor, b) as Jesus, the first, c) John 14:16, 26, 15:26, 16:7; 1 John 2:1.

 

The more common verb form parakaleo is used 105 times in the NT, also including the idea of admonishment, exhortation, entreaty, beseeching, even begging, consoling, encouraging and strengthening by consolation, and comforting, even to encourage with teaching (a).  Paraklesis is the actual calling or personal exhortation or statement that would be used to intercede for us in God’s court.  Wow, the Holy Spirit is wears many hats to unconditionally-love us!  This is the nature of God (b); prophecy can help us all learn together and be encouraged (c); the Church is to encourage one another in every good thing to be built up together (d); Shepherd-evangelists where to exhort others with complete patience in their teaching with full authority, correcting those who speak against the sound teaching of Christ (e); and exhortation is a grace-gift of the Spirit (f). <Notes> a) Titus 1:9, b) 2 Corinthians 1:4, 7:6, c) 1 Corinthians 14:31, d) 1 Thessalonians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 2:17; Hebrews 3:13, 10:25, e) 2 Timothy 4:2; Titus 1:9, 4:2, f) Romans 12:8.

 

As Christian musicians, the little children of God, Jesus deals with us gently because He was fully a child, teenager, and young men, subject to all of our weaknesses at every stage, so He can fully sympathize with us.  Christ intercedes before God for us!  His Spirit intercedes when we don’t even have words to pray by.  With tongues we don’t have to understand a word the Spirit prays through us!

 

 

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