Epistle to the Hebrews (2:14-18)   Leave a comment

Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; he came to help the descendants of Abraham. Therefore, it was necessary for him to be made in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then he could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since he himself has gone through suffering and testing, he is able to help us when we are being tested.

Since Adam’s fall, the human race became hostile to God. It is natural for a growing child to sin. Parents don’t have to teach their children to lie, the children will sin because they are sinners. A new born baby is born a sinner even before he is able to speak and act. So it’s not when he’ll first sin that he’ll become a sinner. He’s bound to sin because of his inherited sinful nature.

But you must not eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you do, you can be sure that you will die.” Gen 2:17

We can see this death both spiritually and physically. Man is no longer God’s friend, he’s hostile to God. This spiritual relationship between God and man has been broken.

Jesus came to reestablish this spiritual relationship between God and man. It was this spiritual death that caused physical death. He came to fixed this problem. He restored it so that we can live eternally with Him. He’ll give us a new body, one which will not corrupt and immortal. Paul compares our mortal body as a seed which will die to give a new body. This new body is spiritual and will last forever. This seed is what the body we inherited from the first Adam, the new Adam(Jesus) will give us a glorious body.

Death came because of what a man did. Rising from the dead also comes because of what a man did. Because of Adam, all people die. So because of Christ, all will be made alive…

It will be like that with bodies that are raised from the dead. The body that is planted does not last forever. The body that is raised from the dead lasts forever. It is planted without honor. But it is raised in glory. It is planted in weakness. But it is raised in power.It is planted as an earthly body. But it is raised as a spiritual body.

Just as there is an earthly body, there is also a spiritual body. It is written, “The first man Adam became a living person.”— The last Adam became a spirit that gives life. What is spiritual did not come first. What is earthly came first. What is spiritual came after that. The first man came from the dust of the earth. The second man came from heaven. Those who belong to the earth are like the one who came from the earth. And those who are spiritual are like the one who came from heaven. We are like the earthly man. And we will be like the man from heaven…

Our natural bodies don’t last forever. They must be dressed with what does last forever. What dies must be dressed with what does not die. In fact, that is going to happen. What does not last will be dressed with what lasts forever. What dies will be dressed with what does not die. Then what is written will come true. It says, “Death has been swallowed up. It has lost the battle.
1 Cor 15, Rom 5:12-21

Christians no longer fear of dying because they know that death is just the end of a temporary life and a start of something new. What power does the devil has now? Jesus gave Christians spiritual life and this implies eternally living. The devil has power only over those who are spiritually dead because they will have no hope of eternal life after their death. Their body won’t be changed, it will be eternal death.

The fallen angels and the demons did not have this grace of having Jesus doing something for them. God was not obliged to forgive them, it was a condemnation without appeal. But what about man?

Was God obliged to forgive man? No, He would still have been just and right if he destroyed the human race when Adam sinned.

This verse we just read implies that we cannot tell to God “You don’t know what it means to be tempted”. Jesus was tempted in every way and He knows what it means to be in a body. This is why He is a perfect High Priest. He can sympathise and help us. Notice that being tested or being tempted will cause us to suffer if we want to do God’s will. It’s a battle in our flesh with Jesus there to help us.

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Posted February 20, 2012 by Cedric in Theology

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