The Grace of Hebrews: The Everlasting Covenant (Law And Grace) – Part 2
Let us now begin our study of “Law And Grace” in the book of Hebrews.
Immediately in the first four verses of Chapter 1, we see God’s work of salvation fulfilled in Jesus. We see the implementation of His New Covenant of grace for us through Jesus’ death and resurrection. (Notice the underlined highlights.) Hebrews 1:1-4 “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” Jesus sat down because His work is finished. There is no more sacrifice necessary for sins. Amen! (We will look further at this later in the chapter.)
Next we see the humility of Jesus in lowering Himself to our human standards (except sin) to set in place the implementation of the New Covenant through His death and resurrection. He humbled Himself as our servant. Wow! Remember: Jesus could have stayed in heaven and enjoyed intimate fellowship with the Father and the Holy Spirit. However, God loves us so much that He desires us to join in the fellowship. Remarkable! He always intended it to be that way. God does this by sending His Son Jesus in human form – leaving the glories of heaven. (See John 3:16.)
Hebrews 2:9-18 shows once again the humility of Jesus. These verses are similar to Paul’s writings in Philippians 2:3-11. Cross-reference these two examples of Jesus’ humility as you study Scripture. Mark them in the margins of your Bible. Hebrews 2:9-18 “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. 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. 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, Saying, I will declare thy 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. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. 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; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham. 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. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.”
Do you see the victory we have in Jesus because, through His death, He destroyed Satan at the cross? The writer of Hebrews says “that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.” Satan has the world in fear basically to everything – especially death. However, in Christ, there is nothing else to fear (Romans 8:15) except a reverential fear for Whom God is. The law condemns us to death and Satan uses the law very effectively to “petrify” and “paralyze” us through fear that God is always angry with us whenever we fail. (I sure struggle with this fear daily.) Then, we believe God is always out to punish us, being very disappointed with us. We may not openly admit it, but subconsciously we live in this fear. And so we continue to fail to keep God’s laws or man-made laws.
Remember: The Holy Spirit teaches you that God put the law in place in order to show you your sin nature so you can turn to Christ. The law is dropped and fulfilled in Christ and no devil has anymore “legal” control over you. You were purchased and set free (redemption) by the blood of Jesus. You must see this and be convinced that you are under a New Covenant of grace. In addition to being redeemed, you now become regenerated with a new life by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes to live inside you imparting the very life of Christ as God in you forever. That is great news. Do you see this? How convinced are you of this?
The Humility Of Jesus To Save Us
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– from Are You Under Law Or Under Grace? by Bob Bennett