the devil defeated

Hebrews2.14

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15

It just would not be honorable before God to run through Hebrews 2 so quick that we do not have a specific post on the devil. It blows my mind when I give thought to how we often fail to realize his existence and his work. It is sorrowful to know that there are people who deny his existence. A Gallop Survey conducted in May 2016 of a random sample of 1,025 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia asked the following questions.

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The thought of 39% of people not being certain of the existence of Satan is absolutely sad to my heart because it is most difficult to fight and win against an enemy that you don’t believe or are not sure exists. It’s sad because you best believe that he knows that we exist and it is not his plan to bless us.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. John 10:10a

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44

Satan’s plan is to keep every man captive to sin because sin separates us from God and brings death. BUT GOD has a greater plan. It is a plan that we know Him personally and intimately, that we would fellowship and commune with Him as His children. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly (John 10:10b). For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

The Gospel is the good news of Jesus giving His life to rescue us from the one who has has the power of death and declaring in Word and action, I’ll give my life, No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father  (John 10:18).” The result for those who believe and receive the completed worked of Christ at the cross by faith is that the devil has been defeated by the blood of Jesus.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (Hebrews 11:1,6)

Jesus stepped right into the wage due because of our sin, shame and guilt and said I will made the price, Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live (John 14:19). The devil worked in the heart of man continuing to use man against himself until he saw Jesus on that cross. In my mind, I see the devil dancing with his demons, claiming victory. What he didn’t realize was that Jesus was on that cross claiming man for Himself and this is how he did it.

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:13-15

21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at His coming, those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He abolishes all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He puts all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy to be abolished is death. 27 For God has put everything under His feet.

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”
55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
Where, O death, is your sting?”
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 15:21-26, 50-57

Shout now – HALLELUJAH!

O Heavenly Father, We praise Your Holy and Righteous Name! Thank you for Jesus, our Victor and Savior! Thank you that there is no death for true believers, just a moving. Our last breath here is our first breath in heaven and Your presence. Thank you for destroying the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil. We bless Your Name that he is a defeated foe for all who accept your Precious Son, Jesus as Lord and Savor. We pray for the 39% who are out of the ark of safety. Draw them unto Yourself and so work in our lives that would see and know Your glory!
In His Name we pray, Amen!

John 10.10

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Hope for today: transgression forgiven

HopeBlessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
Psalm 32:1-2

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A merciful and faithful High Priest

Hebrews 2.17

For this reason He had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that He might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17

I am so thankful for Jesus Christ for my salvation is in Christ alone!

Today’s we read, Hebrews 2:17 which begins with “For this reason.” We look back to verse 14b-15 to find that the writer continues to reveal the life and word of Jesus by telling us the reason Jesus took on the likeness of man, thatHe might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

How does He break the power of the devil?
Verse 17, by becoming a
“merciful and faithful high priest in service to God,”
AND
by atoning for man’s sin, “that He might make atonement for the sins of the people.”

In other words, Jesus came that He would make an offering before God as High Priest and be the offering to God as the Sacrificial Lamb and atone for our sin. That’s a ‘shout now – HALLELUJAH!’

In the Old Testament, the role of the high priest was to make sin offerings before the Lord so the sins of the people could be forgiven. Jesus fulfilled this need in the New Testament for all time.

He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:12

God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of His blood—to be received by faith. Romans 3:25a

Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But He has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself. Hebrews 9:26

Unlike the other high priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for His own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when He offered himself. Hebrews 7:27

so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him. Hebrews 9:28

Jesus came as the Messiah to make atonement for man by taking on man’s guilt and sin. What a merciful Savior who abounds in grace to endure the wrath of God for our sin, not His own. 

God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:21

When God’s wrath fell on Christ, He took the punishment and death that belonged to you me “for the wage of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Jesus justified us in God’s court of righteousness.

Jesus the Christ, the merciful and faithful high priest.

Merciful in dealing with man – Son of Man
Faithful in dealing with sin “in service to God” – Son of God

O Heavenly Father, we bow in thanks and praise to exalt your Holy Name! Thank you for so loving us that You gave Your Son that we would know forgiveness and redemption of sins and no longer fear death but rather, have eternal and abundant life. Thank you for the atoning work of Jesus our Savior and Lord! We bow and agree that You and You Alone are God! We are blessed and privileged to be Your blood bought children.
In Jesus Name, Amen!

2 Corinthians 5.21

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Hope for today: boast in the Lord

HopeGod chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, 29 so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. 30 And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, 31 so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”
1 Corinthians 1:28-31

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Wisdom Wednesday

Romans 6.23

For the wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

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Sin – 1

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

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Sin – 2

“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus…” Acts 3:19-20

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Sin – 3

For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

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Sin – 4
“For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:7-8
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Sin – 5

“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ…” Ephesians 1:7-9

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Sin – 6

 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so He has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And He has given Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear His voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment.” John 5:25-29

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Sin – 7

“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” Ephesians 6:1-2

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Sin – 8

“From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17

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Sin – 9

“The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9

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Sin – 10

For the one who sows to His own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. Galatians 6:8

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For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

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so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for Him.” Hebrews 9:28

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Sin – 13

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

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Sin – 14

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ.” Philippians 3:8

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“Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.” John 14:23

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Hope for today: faithful and just

HopeThis is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-9

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Jesus came to die

Luke 19.10

Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15

The above is another one of those rich passages in Hebrews that should be slowly chewed, marinated in the Spirit and served with other delicious Words of the Holy Bible.

  • Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood-
    Since those born of man, who belong to Christ, who have relationship, communion, fellowship with the Son of God because they have accepted Him as Lord and Savior…
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  • He himself likewise partook of the same things,
    Jesus who was God in the beginning, not by nature flesh and blood took upon Himself man’s nature
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  • that through death

Jesus became a man, took upon Himself flesh and blood, to die for our sin. He came as our Sacrificial Lamb therefore He had to born a man.

Isaiah 53.9Isaiah 53.10

  • He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,

Colossians 2.14Colossians 2.15

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  • and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.

Isaiah 53

SHOUT NOW- HALLELUJAH! BLESSED IS THE LAMB OF GOD
WHO TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD!

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How shall we escape…

Hebrews 2.3

For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Hebrews 2:2-4

“Through the opening chapter of Hebrews the Lord reveals truth about Jesus and I pray that one truth that penetrated every heart is that Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus is superior to angels, superior to any man, and superior to creation for He is indeed the Creator.”

“In Hebrews 2:1, the Lord warns and commands us, Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it (Hebrews 2:1).” We are told to listen carefully, to fix the eyes of our heart upon Jesus, to meditate upon His Word lest we drift way from it.”

Today, we continue to look at Hebrews 2 and hear the Lord as He askes today’s question, For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?” It is such an important question that I will place it here again. “How shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?”

When you look back to the Old Testament, we see God sometimes revealing His Word through angels. We know this to be true because it was angels that He sent to Mary and to Joseph and the Zechariah and to…and to…and to. Our faith is actually built upon the truth of these messages and the fact that each one came true. As we look into the Old Testament we understand that transgression and disobedience from God’s Word received just judgment.

We read back to the what the Lord said as He opened the Book of Hebrews, “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son (Hebrews 2:1-2).” 

Since the Prophets words proved out…and the angels words proved out and transgression and disobedience was met with judgment, how much more so when His Son has spoken and we neglect His Word? How shall we escape?  How shall we escape when the Lord gave witness to His Word. In fact, 

  • The Lord himself first declared His Word.
  • His Word was attested to by those who heard it.
  • God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

What a great salvation, spoken and given by God himself. Drifting away from the Word of God would certainly constitute “neglecting such a great salvation.” Now in the time this was written, the readers had suffered persecution but the Lord wanted them to know [and us] that even persecution will not justify a drifting away. 

The writer encourages and warns us not to neglect this great salvation that the Son of God gives, to do so will be met with judgment. He warns us to not neglect His Word, do not drift away for Jesus has paid the price, purified our sins, and He is the Triumph One. Jesus is the One who gives us victory!

Don’t lose sight…keep your eyes on Jesus…”Listen carefully. Observe My Word. Focus. Meditate on MY Word day and night. Treasure my Word. Be washed by My Word. Be transformed by My Word. Display My Word.” Do not neglect such a great salvation. 

SSSSssssoooo I give the listing from Hebrews 1 again for surely this God, His salvation, nor His Word is not to be neglected…and there is no escape should we choose to do so. May the Lord strengthen us to heed the warning and command of the Lord for He is worthy of being our greatest Treasure, our hope, and our joy!

Jesus, the Son of God and Son of man:

  • God appointed Jesus the heir of all things (vs. 2)
  • Jesus created the world  (vs. 2)
  • Jesus is the radiance of the glory of God (vs. 3)
  • Jesus is the exact imprint of the Father’s nature (vs. 3)
  • Jesus upholds the universe by the word of His power (vs. 3)
  • Jesus made purification for sins (vs. 3)
  • Jesus sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (vs. 3)
  • Jesus is much superior to angels (vs. 4)
  • Jesus inherited a name that is more excellent than angels (vs. 4)
  • Jesus is worshiped by angels (vs. 6)
  • Jesus is God (vs. 8)
  • Jesus’ throne will last forever (vs. 8)
  • Jesus laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of His hands (vs. 10)
  • Jesus remains and will remain the same (vs. 12)
  • Jesus’ years will have no end (vs. 12)

O Heaven Father, the High and Holy One, the Author and Finisher of our faith. We love You and thank You for loving us and gifting us such a great salvation. Strengthen and keep us on every side that we would not neglect it…that we would not treasure anyone or anything greater, even ourselves. We bow before You to exalt Your Great Name. Thank you for coming to our rescue and being our Deliverer. In Jesus Name, Amen. 

Hebrews 1.2

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Hope for today: no separation

HopeFor I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39

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