A. At the onset of this lesson, let me be clear in saying that I am not suggesting that ignorance is any excuse or license for sin (Acts 17:16-31).
- When ignorance leads to sin, repentance and conversion must take place to correct that sin with God (Acts 3:11-26).
- Under the law of Christ (cf. Galatians 6:2); sin that is not repented of ultimately brings about damnation (Romans 6:23).
- A rebellious person is evil (Proverbs 17:11).
- Such a person was dealt with swiftly under the Old Law (Joshua 1:18) and is cast out from among the saints under Christ’ law if that person does not repent (II Thessalonians 3:6 and Titus 3:9-11).
- Yet, when someone is ignorant [not willfully], we will find that the Lord is compassionate towards that person!
II. Body: Hebrews 4:14-5:10
A. Jesus is our High Priest under His New Covenant (Hebrews 9:11-17).
- His position as our High Priest is a source of comfort to us whom labor to enter into eternal life (Hebrews 6:13-18).
- He intercedes for us with our Father (Romans 8:34).
- We might do well to think of this word “compassion” as “forbearance” (Romans 3:24-25) with all that comes with the subject (i.e. Romans 2:1-4).
- His forbearance comes with understanding, seeing as how He lived in the flesh too (Hebrews 2:9-18).
- We see the Lord’s compassion on the ignorant in how He dealt with Saul [Paul] (I Timothy 1:12-16).
- Consider how Apollos was dealt with and why (Acts 18:24-28).
- Compare that to Peter being dealt with and why (Galatians 2:11-17).
- Always keeping in mind the goal (James 5:19-20; cf. II Peter 3:9).
- All of this ties together (Colossians 3:12-13).
- His sacrifice cleansed us (Revelation 1:5).
- It’s on us to stay clean (I Timothy 5:22).
III. Conclusion: Many of us [faithful saints here] have sinned in our pasts due to ignorance. We have gained forgiveness through the compassion of our Lord. Now, let’s continue forward in knowledge (I Corinthians 15:34) as not to err and frustrate the grace of our Lord (Galatians 2:18-21).
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