Through Suffering

Hebrews 2:9-18

1 Corinthians 1: "18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. 19* For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. 20* Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21* For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 22* For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26* For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28* And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29* That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30* But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31* That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord."

To the Jews, Christ's crucifixion was a stumbling block. They expected a Messiah to come with great pomp and glory and rule from the literal throne of David, giving them the rule over the whole earth.

To the Greeks, Christ crucifixion was foolishness, for it did not make sense to the fallen man.

For both groups, the atonement was offensive because of the crucifixion.

V. 8. God made man to be the one who would exercise dominion under him over the earth, and men had fallen. As a fallen sinner man is incapable of to be accomplished, yet this is what he has been given to do. Genesis 1:26-28. Dominion is impossible without the atonement which restores man back to his original task and calling. Two separate godly dominion from the atonement is to change the meaning of salvation from God's purpose to man's purpose. Christ final words to his disciples was to Christianize or make godly followers of himself of all nations.

2: 5-8 clearly tells us that the command to subdue all things for the glory of God is given to the redeemed, not to the Angels

V. 9, when the time was right, God sent his son to be "made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor, so that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man."

Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

 

 

Ro 5:6* For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

Christ was made a little lower than the angels so he could suffer the death penalty for his people. Thus Christ was born subordinate to Angels, for the purpose of Angels is as servants, but no Angel was ever called upon to taste death for God's people.

Matthew 16:28* Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom. Mark 9:28, Luke 9:27, John 8:52. "taste death" means the total bitter experience of death that we as men must face.

Philippians 2:7 “But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

 

Notice here that Christ became a Servant even under the Angels office of service, for he came to die which was never required of any angel.

"By the grace of God"; that is, by God's special favor toward the elect.

2:10, "perfect through suffering." To be made perfect in this situation does not mean that Christ was in any way short of moral perfection. It means that Christ was made the perfect substitute and mediator through his physical suffering in his body of flesh. He had to experience everything that his people experience, including the bitter experience of death, so that he could be the perfect mediator between God and man.

In the eternal covenant from the beginning, it was agreed that Christ would be "crowned with glory and honor" at the completion of his vicarious substitutionary work for his people. The result being that he is the “captain” or leader of our salvation.

 

The "captain of our salvation" was made "perfect through suffering". He was made a more perfect substitute or head of the new humanity by his suffering on their behalf.

Our Redeemer was made the perfect servant of God, or sanctified, "through suffering". Likewise, his people are "sanctified" through suffering.

Romans 8:29 “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

 

2:11. By his incarnation, the one who made all things and by whom all things consist, Jesus Christ, God the son became a man, our brother. (John 1:3). by his suffering, Jesus Christ was made a more perfect brother, as he experienced on behalf of his people what they must experience in this life.

 

2:12. In Psalms 22:22, the Messiah speaks to his brethren:

“I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. 23 Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. 24 For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard.”

The apostle, in applying this verse to Christ, argues from it, that he was a partaker of the same nature with us, and joined to us by a true fellowship of the flesh, seeing he acknowledges us as his brethren, and vouchsafes to give us a title so honorable. I have already repeatedly stated, (and it is• also refers to men in general easy to prove it from the end of this psalms) that under the figure of David, Christ has been here shadowed forth to us. The apostle, therefore, justly deduces from this, that under and by the name of brethren, the right of fraternal alliance with Christ has been confirmed to us. (Calvin)

V. 12, the word “church”. Though there are 13 uses of the word “church” in the New Testament, this particular one is “ekklesia”. Though the word meaning includes an assembly of Christians gathered for worship in a religious meeting, the primary meaning is,

1) a gathering of citizens called out from their homes into some public place, an assembly; 1a) an assembly of the people convened at the public place of the council for the purpose of deliberating.

Thus, the church is to be involved in the civil government of a community. It has as its duty not only to evangelize the nations, but to make those nations Christian by working to institute God’s righteous laws in those communities. The duty of the church is to expand the Kingdom of God into every area of human endevour.

The early church did this by evangelism, education, charity, courts of justice, &c.

1 Corinthians 6:1 “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers. 7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? 8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren. 9 ¶ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

V. 13, the author freely quotes Isaiah 8:17 “And I will wait upon the LORD, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him. 18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.”

The captain of our salvation was made perfect through suffering. In his suffering, he sang praises unto and trusted in God. Because we are flesh and blood and in order to become the same as we are and mortal he took on flesh and blood. in taking on flesh and blood, the thrice holy God and creator of heaven and earth was not ashamed the call his creation "my brethren".

"My brethren" particularly refers to the elect, though it also refers to men in general. He became flesh and blood, so he could identify with flesh and blood.

V. 14, he became mortal so that he might die and rise again, and thus claim the victory over death. The devil is not the lord over death, but he introduced death, which is the opposite of life. He does not inflict death, but rather carries it like a plague. Those who follow him contract it from him.

Because the Everlasting Father took on a body of flesh and took on morality, he was able to die and rais from the dead, destroying him that had the power of death, not power over death. Christ alone has that power.

1Jo 3:7* Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8* He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

“Doth Righteousness”: Deuteronomy 6:24 “Therefore the Lord hath commanded us, to do all these ordinances, and to fear the Lord our God, that it may go ever well with us, and that he may preserve us alive as at this present. 25 Moreover, this shall be our righteousness before the Lord our God, if we take heed to keep all these commandments, as he hath commanded us.”

Vv. 15, 16. The fear of death has gripped man from the time of Adam. Genesis 3:1-5. The serpent's promise was that they would not surely die. That fear of death has Man in bondage from that time on. He did not take upon himself the nature of Angels, rather he took upon himself a human mortal body in the lineage of Abraham. God the son through his death and resurrection delivers his people from that fear of death.

1Co 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
1Co 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

is an especially precious verse as I do research for our TV show about the horrible persecution of Christians worldwide.

 

Jerusalem Post, Dec 3, 2014
‘We Love Jesus!’ Iraqi Children Proclaim Love for Christ in Face of Islamic Beheading

 

More than 250,000 Christians have fled Northern Iraq amidst ISIS persecution.
Young Christians in Iraq are taking a stand against the Islamic State (ISIS)-- even if it costs them their life.
When ISIS militants gave four Iraqi children the choice of converting to Islam or death by beheading, the children chose to follow Jesus, the Vicar of Baghdad, Canon Andrew White, stated in an interview with the Orthodox Christian Network.
“Islamic State turned up and said to the children, you say the words that you will follow Mohammed,” White stated. “The children, all under 15, four of them, said ‘No, we love Yesua (the Iraqi name for Jesus), we have always loved Yesua, we have always followed Yesua, Yesua has always been with us.’”
Then once again, the ISIS militants forced the children to convert and yet again they refused. The terrorists decapitated all four children.??hite, who has received personal death threats from the Islamic State, currently resides in Israel. He has said that it is “impossible” for Christians to live in Iraq due to the relentless persecution of the religious minority.Р

More than 250,000 Christians have fled Northern Iraq amid ISIS persecution. These were the last Christians residing in the region, which has been hostile to the religious minority since the beginning of the war. ??Things were bad in Baghdad, there were bombs and shootings and our people were being killed, so many of our people fled back to Nineveh, their traditional home,” Canon said, describing the volatile situation for Christians in Iraq. ??It was safer, but then one day, ISIS – Islamic State... They came in and they hounded all of them out. They killed huge numbers, they chopped their children in half, they chopped their heads off, and they moved north and it was so terrible what happened."
http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/In-face-of-beheading-Iraqi-children-proclaim-love-for-Jesus-383538

V. 17, the Divine Son of God is not ashamed to be called the brother of the tens of thousands of Christins who are even now being persecuted even to the death a most horrible manner that can be imagined.

Zec 2:8* For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

Meanwhile, the vast majority of professed Western “Christians” believe that a rapture will take place before persecution comes, so they refuse to “fight” for a righteous civil authority. Basic to a just community is the atonement of Christ. Without the grace and hope found in Christ, a community has only death ahead.

Western churches have reduced the “gospel” to simply personal salvation, and have condemned the west to death and destruction.

Blessed is the nation that has righteous laws as its legal system. “whose god is the lord.”

18* For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Heb 4:15* For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

Those who are faithful in the face of Muslim persecution can do so because of what their Redeemer King endured for the Hope that was before him.v. 18.

We should be weeping and crying out to God for our brethren who have no fear of death as they stand for Christian faith.