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biblestudy: Hebrews (Part 6)

Hebrews 4:14 - 6:8
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 20-Oct-87; Sermon #BS-HE06; 82 minutes

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John Ritenbaugh affirms that Jesus Christ's sinlessness was not the result of being a programmed automaton, but instead as a result of volition or choice—actively struggling against carnal pulls and temptations, enabling Him to fully empathize and have compassion on those tempted in like manner. He experienced exactly the same kind of temptations and suffering we experience, qualifying Him for the role of High Priest, bridge-builder between man and God, the same role for which members of God's called-out Family are also qualifying. Like our Elder Brother, we must learn righteous judgment by continually exercising our spiritual muscle, practicing making choices, distinguishing right from wrong, but building godly character and spiritual maturity through the enabling power of God's Holy Spirit.

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Baptism Bearing fruit Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit Eternal judgment Exercising spirituality Exhortations High priest Judgment Lake of fire Laying on of hands Maturing in the faith Millennium Mistakes Ordination Perfect Plodding along Practice Righteous judgment Sanctification Spiritual Maturity Spiritual immaturity Stature and maturity of Christ Testing Unpardonable sin Willful and presumptuous sin

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