Fully Human

 

 

Powerful chapter about salvation and the savior who brought it.  All we have to do is accept Him and believe it in our hearts.  Like it says here, how will we escape our own sins if we ignore the salvation offered to us??  “For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation?” 

  If we hear the message of Christ and don’t accept him, how will we escape the wrath of God displayed through the Old Testament?  If we reject the new covenant, then where does our salvation come from??We’ve all probably heard it said that Jesus Christ was fully God and fully human.  What does this mean??  This is a little long, but it goes a long toward explaining that, and what it really means for us.   “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor and put everything under their feet.” In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.””    The God who saves us became fully human so he could be one with us.  To make us his brother, not just in spirit, but flesh also.  He had to be fully human, and pay the same death we all owe, so that he could conquer that death for all.  So that then, even though all us not subject to us here, all is subject to our brother in Heaven, seated at the right hand of God!  And –  “For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.””  This is why he is able to be the perfect blood sacrifice for us all.  Because God came fully human, he was fully tempted.  He was able to feel those urges, reject them, and become that perfect sacrifice for all mankind – his own flesh and blood!  He felt the same temptation you and I face everyday!!

So really…where else are you going to turn for salvation than your own brother, seated in Heaven with the Father??



 “We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honor and put everything under their feet.” In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the assembly I will sing your praises.” And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”
> ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭2:1–18‬ ‭NIV‬‬
http://bible.com/111/heb.2.1–18.niv


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