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…
— "Seeing that we have a great High Priest that is passed into the heavens; let us therefore come boldly to the throne." So that the " us" of our text is just as broad as the " we" in the fourteenth verse. Do we ask how broad that is? We shall soon see. The reference here evidently is to the great day of atonement, when the high priest entered into the holy place with the blood of atonement. When that great event took place, whom did the priest represent? The priests, or the elders, or the God-fearing part of the Israelites? Certainly not; but every Jew. There wasn't one of the vast multitude but could say, He is gone in as my representative, and I am accepted in him. Now the apostle says Christ is a great High Priest, of whom the other was but the type. Whom, then, did He represent? The answer of the Book is, all mankind. If you want to measure the "us" whom Christ represents, you can easily do it f His favourite name was not, "I the Jew," but "I the Son of Man."
Parallel VersesKJV: 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.