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The Man, Christ Jesus

John Collins03/18/2012Paul said in Hebrews 2 that we should listen more closely to the things we had learned from the apostles so that we don't let them slip away.

If the word spoken to us by the angels was strong and enduring, then every disobedient act that we did would cause us to have judgement.  If so, how then, can we escape if we neglect the great salvation given to us by Jesus Christ?  Jesus instructed us first by himself, and then it was confirmed by those who heard him.  God also bore them witness with signs and wonders, miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost.  

The angels teach obedience to salvation, but God has not put the angels into subjection for the world that is to come.  

Yet some preached, what is this man Jesus?  Why are you listening to a man over the angels and prophets of old?  You made him a little lower than the angels, crowned him, and set him king over yourselves.

They simply did not understand!  Jesus was made a little lower than the angels so that He could die.  He was crowned with glory and honor.  By the Grace of God, he died for every man.  Through him, all things are made.  By him, all things are created.  He will bring many children of God into glory, because He is the captain of their salvation made perfect by His suffering.

He that sanctified them and they who are sanctified are one and the same.  This is the reason He was not ashamed to call them brethren.  He said, "I will declare my name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.  And again, I will put my trust in Him.  Behold I and the children which God hath given me!"

The children are the partakers of the communion, and He also took communion, so that through His death, He would destroy him that had the power of death -- the devil!  And he would deliver those that had the fear of death throughout their lives from their bondage.  

That is the reason he did not come down as an angel, he came down as a man, the seed of Abraham.  In all things, it pleased God to be made like his brethren the Jews, that He might be a merciful and faithful high priest in all things pertaining to God, and make a reconciliation of the sins of His people.

As a man, he suffered being tempted, and now is able to help those that are being tempted in their time of difficulty.

As Christians we should ask ourselves:  Have we let the original message Jesus brought slip away?  Do we hold onto the things the angels spoke, which lead to judgement?  Do we also try to claim that Jesus came down as God, nullifying his redemption as a man?  Do we raise the devil to omnipotence, thinking he can be everywhere at all times tempting the people?  Do we accept that all men sin, and for this cause Jesus died for us?  Do we allow Jesus to help us with our temptations, or do we turn Him away?