Year 2 Day 277
Read - Hebrews 2:14-18
Message - Alan Burke
In the incarnation Jesus Christ took upon himself our humanity, and by his death as v14 continues it reminds us why “so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power over death, that is the devil”. In this Christ has destroyed the one who has the power of death, that is the devil. No longer does the power that he holds, the power of sins slavery and death, separate the children of God though him faith. Although we all face physical death believers and nonbelievers alike, it is the transitional point between this life and the next, for believers the sting of death is gone, the grave no longer has it’s victory for we have been raised to life though Christ and although physical death remains we are renewed, we are a new creation, the old has gone the new is here (1 Cor 15:54-57 and 2 Cor 5:17).
The devil is unable to separate us spiritually from God. He can have no final victory over any and all of those who are united to Christ through faith. That is the confidence that is expressed by the writer in v15 “he will delver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery” (2:15). We may not see it that way but because of our sin, in Adam we are all by our nature slaves to sin leading us to death, physically and spiritually (Rom 6:16), in Adam all die but in Christ all will be made alive (1 Cor 15:22). That is all who know him. This is why people fear physical death, they may try to ignore it, do all that they can to maintain their youth, exercise, live healthy, try and live life to the full in every way, while many are amusing themselves to death with constant entertainment, if we are truly honest all of us want to avoid or at least try to avoid death, but no-one can free themselves from the final enemy that we all must face, physical death.
Those who are in Christ have been freed from this slavery. Christ in the Devil has been destroy, the power of death that he heard has been destroyed, because of this we know that we have nothing to fear when this life comes to it’s end, knowing that one day in the future that physical death will be no more, and there shall be no more mourning or crying or pain for these things have passed away. Jesus in his coming, through the incarnation did all of this on our behalf, dying under the curse of God (Gal 3:10-14), all our sin has been dealt with, past present and future (Rom 3:21-26). It means that we can come, with thanks, without fear for what lies ahead, for nothing shall be able to separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our sin has been dealt with all though the coming of the Son of God, who shared our humanity, our flesh and blood, who partook of the same things all so that through his death he might destroy the one who has the power of death that is the devil, no longer are we subject to lifelong slavery, we have been delivered and although we face death physical death we know that is only the beginning for the believer and we will immediately pass into glory (2 Cor. 5:1,6,8, Phil. 1:23, Luke 23:43).
Q40 What did God at first reveal to man for the rule of his obedience?
The rule which God at first revealed to man for his obedience, was the moral law. (Rom. 2:14–15, Rom. 10:5)