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The Eternal Significance of Mankind

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The Eternal Significance of Mankind

Hebrews 2                               April 27, 1997

Scripture:         Unison Reading, Hebrews 2:1-4, page 1863, Pew Bible

Prayer: National Day of Repentance

Introduction:

          From Current Thoughts and Trends, May, 1997, page 16:  “Doctrinal preaching --- shows Christians how to interpret life for themselves.  When we preach so that people start to think, we ‘invite the priesthood of all believers’ in which each person takes on the role of theologian.”  Robert Kysar in Journal for Preachers, Easter 1997.

I.       The superiority of our hope:  an exhortation against drifting away    from the message of Jesus.  (vv. 1-4)  {The Lord’s message - to us}

          A.      (Therefore) since Jesus is eternally significant, so is his                                       message.  (v. 1)

                   1.       The significance of his message demands that we grow in                         our understanding of it (more careful attention).

                   2.       The significance of his message demands that we grow in                         our adherence to it (do not drift away).

                   3.       Our adherence to the message flows from our                                            understanding of the message as being eternally                                        significant.

          B.      The O.T. Law was awesome in condemnation of sin.  (v. 2)

                   1.       The Law was decreed by God through angels.

                   2.       The Law is unyielding in its requirements.

          C.      The N.T. salvation is even more awesome in forgiveness of sin.               (v. 3)

                   1.       Salvation is unparalleled in its grace.                                                      a.          This grace must not be taken lightly.

                             b.       This grace is our deliverance from bondage.

                   2.       Salvation was first announced by God through Jesus                                (whom we have seen is superior to angels).

                   3.       Salvation’s message was subsequently relayed and                                             confirmed by those who heard Jesus directly.

          D.      The authoritative offer of this salvation has been affirmed by                             God.  (v. 4)

                   1.       God has given ample credibility to this message through                                    the testimony of supernatural events that accompanied                                      Jesus’ ministry.

                   2.       God has given ample credibility to this message through                                    the testimony of spiritual gifts given to those who                                              believed.

II.      The superiority of our position:  the humiliation and glory of    Jesus.  (vv. 5-9)  {The Lord’s rule - with us}

          A.      The administration of angels over this world is temporary.  (v. 5)

                   1.       The future world ‘of inhabitants’ shall not be ruled by                                       angels.

                   2.       This world to come (about which we are speaking) is the                                    time of realized salvation.

          B.      The administration of mankind over this world was God’s plan.             (vv. 6-8b)

                   1.       Man has a privileged place in the mind and provision of                                    God even though God allowed him to be subject to sin.

                   2.       Man in the image of God was created to have a place of                                     distinctive superiority over all other created beings, but at                                 present lower than the angels.

          C.      The administration of mankind in this world is still God’s plan.                       (v. 8c)

                   1.       This plan has been forestalled by man’s fallen condition.

                   2.       Man’s fallen condition will not always be the case.

          D.      The administration of mankind in this world shall be restored                            through the sacrifice of Jesus.  (v. 9)

                   1.       Jesus as God (higher than angels) also became Jesus as                                      man (lower than angels) in the fullness of time according                                   to the eternal plan of God.

                   2.       In dying as an acceptable sacrifice for man’s sin, Jesus as                                  man returned to his glory and honor as God in order to                                     redeem man from his fallen condition.

                   3.       The grace of God enabled Jesus to endure this suffering                                      for man’s sin in order to pass this grace on to us in                                            salvation from sin.

                             a.       This grace of forgiveness is freely available to all                                               who believe.

                             b.       This grace removes the penalty of eternal death for                                            all who believe.

                   4.       Man is therefore enabled to realize the fullness of God’s                                     glorious created purpose for him by faith in Jesus.

                             a.       Glorified man will then become higher than angels                                             in Jesus.

                             b.       Glorified man will then rule all creation in Jesus.

III.    The superiority of our relationship:  the work of Jesus on man’s         behalf.  (vv. 10-18)  {The Lord’s work - for us}

          A.      God, who authored our existence through himself, also becomes                       of necessity the One who authors our relationship to himself.                      (v. 10)

                   1.       Nothing exists in its own strength but only by the                                              sustaining power of God.

                   2.       It is only the ever present glory of God that is able to                               bring anything into the glory of God.

                   3.       Jesus is the person of God both in creation and in                                              redemption.

                   4.       God therefore provides himself as the path to himself.

                   5.       This path is perfect and complete even as God himself is                                    perfect and complete.

                   6.       This path to perfection requires the suffering of payment                                   for sin since sin violates God’s perfection.

                   7.       Jesus took the brunt of our suffering for us, since he is                                       perfect and complete God and man, therefore acceptable                                    to God for man, so that we might also become perfect and                          complete in him.

          B.      Our relationship to God through God is a holy relationship. 

                   (v. 11)

                   1.       It is a holy relationship because Jesus is holy (sanctified                                     or set apart unto God).

                   2.       If we are in Jesus we also become holy.

                   3.       In Jesus we become brothers of holiness in a family of                                        holiness with God.

                   4.       In this holy relationship there is no shame (shame and                                       glory are mutually exclusive).

          C.      This holy relationship to God through Jesus has many privileges                       and benefits.  (vv. 12-13)

                   1.       Through faith in Jesus we will be able to know God                                  intimately.

                   2.       Through the example of Jesus we will be able to praise                                      God intimately.

                   3.       Because of the accomplishment of Jesus we will desire to                                   praise God vociferously.

                   4.       This praise to God is in the company of others (the                                            church).

                   5.       Through Jesus we find the way of trust in God.

                   6.       Through Jesus we are presented holy and acceptable unto                                  God.

          D.      Our relationship to Jesus is one of complete identity. 

                   (vv. 14-15)

                   1.       He shared our humanity in its substance (blood and                                  flesh) by taking on our nature as a specific act in time to                                    become what he was not before (man).

                   2.       He shared our humanity in its death (necessary because of                       its substance).

                             a.       He did this to destroy the one who exploits the                                         weakness of our substance (by shedding his own                                                righteous blood).

                             b.       He did this to destroy the mechanism of that                                                      exploitation (death).

                                      (1)     Because we sin we must die.

                                      (2)     Because we die we are held in bondage to                                                 sin.

                             c.       He did this to set us free from the bondage of fear                                              as the instrument of that exploitation.

                                      (1)     In Jesus, death is not eternal.

                                      (2)     In Jesus, our death takes on the character of                                                       his death.

                                      (3)     In Jesus, Satan has no ultimate power.

          E.      Our relationship through Jesus is one of complete confidence. 

                   (vv. 16-18)

                   1.       God has chosen to save men rather than angels.

                             a.       The men God chooses to help are those who are                                                children of Abraham by faith.

                             b.       This must surely give us confidence as being                                             eternally significant to God.

                   2.       So God has chosen to become a man.

                             a.       Jesus became like man in every way.

                             b.       Jesus did this in order to intercede for us (high                                          priest).

                             c.       Jesus did this in order to satisfy (atone) God’s                                          wrath for man’s sin which violated God’s holiness.

                   3.       In becoming man, Jesus suffered temptation without sin.

                            a.       So we may enjoy unhindered confidence in our                                         relationship to God through him.

                             b.       We may be certain of his help to overcome sin in                                               times of temptation.

Timeless Truth:  Since God has done all these things for man through the death of Jesus, man must surely have a place of eternal significance in the eternal plan of God.  Live in confirmation of this truth.



The Eternal Significance of Mankind

Hebrews 2                              April 27, 1997

 

I.          The superiority of our h _ _ _ :  an exhortation against drifting away from the          message of Jesus.  (vv. 1-4)  {The Lord’s message - to us}

            A.        (Therefore) since Jesus is eternally significant, so is his                                                         message.  (v. 1)

            B.        The O.T. Law was awesome in condemnation of sin.  (v. 2)

            C.        The N.T. salvation is even more awesome in forgiveness of sin.                                           (v. 3)

            D.        The authoritative offer of this salvation has been affirmed by                                              God.  (v. 4)

II.        The superiority of our p _ _ _ _ _ _ _ :  the humiliation and glory of Jesus.     (vv. 5-9)  {The Lord’s rule - with us}

            A.        The administration of angels over this world is temporary.  (v. 5)

            B.        The administration of mankind over this world was God’s plan.                                         (vv. 6-8b)

            C.        The administration of mankind in this world is still God’s plan.                                          (v. 8c)

            D.        The administration of mankind in this world shall be restored                                              through the sacrifice of Jesus.  (v. 9)

III.       The superiority of our r _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ :  the work of Jesus on man’s      behalf.  (vv. 10-18)  {The Lord’s work - for us}

            A.        God, who authored our existence through himself, also becomes                                         of necessity the One who authors our relationship to himself.                                          (v. 10)

            B.        Our relationship to God through God is a holy relationship. 

                        (v. 11)

            C.        This holy relationship to God through Jesus has many privileges                                          and benefits.  (vv. 12-13)

            D.        Our relationship to Jesus is one of complete identity. 

                        (vv. 14-15)

            E.         Our relationship through Jesus is one of complete confidence. 

                        (vv. 16-18)

Timeless Truth:  Since God has done all these things for man through the death of Jesus, man must surely have a place of eternal s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  in the eternal p _ _ _  of God.  Live in the c _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  of this truth.



 

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