Jesus Christ, The Sinless Son Of Man
Book of Hebrews 2:1-18
We learned in our last lesson that Jesus was greater than any prophet of the Bible. This gives Him the right to give us the will of God by teaching us His Word. We should listen to every word He says!
We know that it was Jesus who sent us the Holy Spirit after His death, to live inside us and to guide us!
We learned that Jesus is greater than any and all the angels. The angels are powerful but an angel cannot be filled with the Holy Spirit of God and therefore cannot be saved if they fall from the “Grace of God”, such as Lucifer and those that followed him.
No angel could have ever done the work of Jesus Christ our Lord!
Jesus is greater than any and all the rulers of this Earth we live on!
It is a foolish choice when we do not allow Jesus to rule supreme in our lives, while we are living in this body of flesh!
We have a loving Savior who will one day take us home to Heaven!
It was necessary for God to come to this earth and live as a human, in order for Him to be a perfect sacrifice for all other humans!
Php 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Php 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
1Pe 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
God has given us this special privilege to live in these latter days BUT He also expects a lot out of us:
Luk 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. [For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required]: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
The Messiah came as the man Jesus Christ so He could restore mankind to the condition God intended from the beginning.
There are two great things we will learn from the Book of Hebrews:
1.) Jesus, as the Son of Man, reveals The God of the Holy Trinity to Mankind.
2.) Jesus, as the Crucified Son of Man, will represent mankind before the Almighty, Living God.
If we cannot realize that each one of us have a representative in Heaven that secures and defends our salvation, we will be like some others who think they have lost their salvation, which is impossible, because of Our Savior, who is now our Advocate, sits at the throne of God.
Heb 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
Heb 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
Heb 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
Heb 2:4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
These verses are not in our lesson but lets look at them anyhow.
We see that this very first verse tells us we need to listen to what God tells us in His Word. That word earnest means “we need to pay close attention”!
That word “therefore”, because of what we learned from the first chapter of Hebrews, that Jesus, the Son of God, is the speaker of the last days and not the prophets and not the angels!
We are to take what God says and just believe because of the source of those words, Christ Jesus, The Author of our faith:
Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
God says we cannot allow His Words to just slip by us, because we cannot escape the bondage of sin if we do not obtain the “Salvation” brought to us and given to us by Our Lord Jesus Christ.
We cannot just neglect the Word of God!
Jesus Christ delivered a greater message than all that came before Him and everyone that hears this message has a greater responsibility to not only listen to this message but to learn from it because there will be a greater accountability for what Jesus teaches us than anything in the Old Testament.
Heb 2:5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
Heb 2:6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Heb 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
Heb 2:8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
That “world to come” is not a reference to Heaven but is a reference to the time of the Millennial Kingdom when King Jesus will rule on the Earth.
The Greek word used here means the inhabited Earth. This same Greek word is used when Jesus said to preach the gospel to all the world, “the inhabited Earth”.
In fact in Luke 2:1 this same Greek word is used when Caesar Augustus sent out his decree to all the world which at that time meant the Roman Empire, “the inhabited Earth”.
In Luke 21:26 this same Greek word is used as the word Earth, “the inhabited Earth”. This world to come cannot mean Heaven nor can it mean New Jerusalem.
Hebrew believers would know that this was a reference to the promise to King David!
2Sa 7:16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
2Sa 7:17 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
Psa 89:3 I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant,
Psa 89:4 Thy seed will I establish for ever, and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah.
Psa 89:27 Also I will make him my firstborn, higher than the kings of the earth.
Psa 89:28 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with him.
Psa 89:34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips.
The angels have never ruled in the past and the angels will never rule this earth in the future. They have been servants and messengers and they will continue to do the same throughout eternity.
What is man?
The Son of God, left the riches of Heaven and came to this Earth, to become man. He left Heaven’s glory, not to be an angel but to be lower than an angel, a man Himself.
Of himself man is nothing and can be nothing. The materials to make a man cost less than two dollars even in our economy.
Physically man is not valuable!
Mentally, we just think we are something but even Jesus said we are nothing without Him!
The only thing we provide to God is a lost sinner in need of Salvation!
We can see that in reality we are very much lower than the angels!
God, greater than all His creation, came to the Earth but He came as a lowly man and not as a powerful angel.
God could not have revealed Himself to us if He had come as a powerful angel. God came to represent mankind.
God came to this Earth so He could take man back to Heaven!
If we get to Heaven it will be because of the Son of Man, Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
There is no other means to be saved, nor to get to God’s Heaven!
It is man, Adam who was set over God’s creation and not any angel!
We are going to do something that no angel could ever do! God is going to bring man back to a place of ruling this Earth and not Satan, who is now the little g god of this world.
God does not intend on Lucifer or any other angel to rule any part of His creation.
But we can also see in America and all over this world that man is not yet capable of ruling again on this Earth.
God has placed everything under the feet of Jesus, Son of Man, Son of God!
When Christ Jesus rules this Earth as King, it will return to the paradise that it once was!
Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
Heb 2:10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Heb 2:11 [For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one]: for which cause [he is not ashamed to call them brethren],
Heb 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto [my brethren], in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
Heb 2:13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, [Behold I and the children which God hath given me].
The sinless Son of Man, Jesus Christ Our Lord had to lay aside His Glory in order than He could die that we can share His Glory!
Jesus came down to our level but He never committed a sin! Jesus had to survive temptation to become the perfect sacrifice for our sin.
Jesus paid the full price for our sin. We do not have to pay one thing in the redemption process. The only thing we give to God, is a person in need of saving.
Jesus Christ came to this world in order that we could be saved and that He will one day take us back to the glory-land.
It is in Jesus Christ, and only in Jesus Christ that we can be saved!
2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
If we use the word rescuing more than the word saving, we would have a better understanding of what the Captain of Salvation has done.
Jesus has rescued each and every believer and He will accept, “whosoever will believe” into His house in Heaven.
Psa 22:22 I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.
This means “we that believe” and “the Son of God” belong to the same family!
If we can accept this fact, then we should know that we are also to live as close to perfect as we can in this flesh that houses our soul!
Not only are we His brothers and sisters, we are also His children. If the Messiah had not come to this earth and become a man, He would not have been able to take us back to Heaven.
Jesus had to be the incarnate Son of God.
Jesus had to be the crucified Son of Man.
Jesus had to be the resurrected Savior.
OR, there could no salvation for anyone!
Jesus Christ, just like us, trusted God just like we have to do, and because if we have that faith in God as He had, He is not ashamed to call us His brethren.
When Christ Jesus was on that cross, His enemies had these words:
Mat 27:43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
Jesus showed this trust in His Father, but not for Himself, He and His Father are one. Jesus showed this trust in His Father for the children His Father gave to Him.
This is every believer from that time until the end of time.
What did God the Father do:
Mat 27:45 Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
Mat 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
He accepted the sacrifice of His Son.
When we do not accept the completed work of Jesus on that cross, we are saying that it was not good enough for us, when God the Father has already accepted this sacrifice!
When we wait on the Lord, we are trusting in His return and in the words He has told us and written down for us.
We are also trusting that God the Father truly loves us because of His Son!
God the Father is the only Being in this universe who has the power of death because He is the giver of life!
Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Heb 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Heb 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Why did the Son of God, The Messiah, come to this Earth the first time? Verse 14 gives us our answer!
The Holy Spirit reminds us that we are on Satan’s “turf”!
We live in a place where Satan is present. Satan will never again be present in Heaven, and that is where the home of the believer is located. Ever since the fall of Adam, this world and this world system has been Satan’s territory.
1.) Satan is the prince of the power of the air. We can only imagine what all this means.
2.) Satan is the “little g” god of this age. Which means the time, up until the Second Coming of Christ Jesus.
3.) Satan is the ruler of this world but Satan can only attack the children of God with the permission of God as we can prove by the Book of Job.
4.) This why every world view will always oppose the Word of God!
We have the same attack on every person in this world just as the serpent deceived Eve!
The Messiah, The First Coming of the Son of God, fulfilled prophecy:
He was born like a man and named Jesus!
He took the same flesh and blood as a man!
He fulfilled prophecy in His birth, but He was born naturally like every human.
Because that, then He died, He would render Satan powerless over death.
The Bible says:
1Jn 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
1Jn 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
By making Satan powerless, He set at liberty all of us who were bound for Hell, in bondage and were servants of Satan, the Devil.
The Apostle Paul wrote:
Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Angels cannot die! Jesus Christ did not come to save not one angel!
Jesus, The Son of God, The Messiah, came to save humans!
The Messiah had to come in the form of “Human Flesh” for only then could He die and in His death defeat Satan whose methods would have destroyed all life.
Satan is a fallen angel who cannot die, not because God does not have the power to do so, but because God says so in His Word and He will not violate any part of His Word.
The death of Satan will mean that He will no longer be able to operate as He did. He is not so much destroyed but we could say disarmed. He holds no power of death over the believer!
It is the death of Our Savior that gives us life. Not the miracle birth! Not the miracles He performed.
Not His life on this Earth BUT only by His death!
The after His death, He showed His power in His resurrection.
We are still going to die in this flesh but because of the work of Jesus on the cross we can live forever spiritual, and with a new glorified body.
This is the great and wonderful gift that Jesus, Our Lord has given to each one of us who believe.
Satan is the author of Sin:
Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Sin brings death:
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
But because of the cross and the resurrection of Our Lord, we can also have life eternal:
Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
I believe that it can be said that in the Old Testament, The Son of God took on the nature of angels to do His Work and is many times called the Angel of the Lord but He took on the seed of Abraham so that the Jew could believe.
God made every effort from the time of Adam and Eve to let them know that the Messiah would come in the flesh as a Jew.
The path to that baby born of a virgin and laid in a manger was marked throughout the Bible. Everybody should be able to see these signs of truth, yet He is still denied.
The Bible teaches us:
Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
God gave the world His Old Testament to lead them to Him:
Gal 3:23 But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.
Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
The New Testament is to teach us all:
Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
God has so dealt with sin that He can now show mercy to every believing sinner to remove all our guilt and therefore our bondage to sin.
What is the great truth of the Bible now for the believer?
1Co 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
1Co 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
1Co 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
If you do not know this marvelous Savior, today would be a good day to find Him as He is standing just outside your heart:
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.