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1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
CHAPTER 2 begins with a warning.
This characteristic appears throughout, as the apostle again and again pauses to try to impress his readers with the seriousness of their position as related to these holy and divine things. He constantly labours to awaken them to an active realization of the comforts of God's love to the faithful, and the terrors of His severity upon the careless, worldly and self-willed.
Lest they be fatally lulled by a wishful presumption on His mercy, he calls attention to the terrible reality of God's judgments in the past on those who blindly felt secure. And he points out that the law of Christ-rather than lessening the danger-INCREASES it to the careless, being such a more personal and intimate approach by God to man. *
8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
"as I also vanquish and sit with my Father in his throne." (Rev 3:21)
But Paul settles the question whether Jesus has overcome or not, very distinctly. He tells us plainly and positively that he has not. In laying this conclusion before the reader, he quotes the eighth psalm, to show that the Son of Man was to be made a little lower than the angels: that he was to suffer death; that he was to be crowned with glory and honour; and that all things were to be put in subjection under him. He then argues that the phrase "all things" is so comprehensive as to leave no exception.
14 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;
-the serpent principle, the death-power in us.
Now Christ took part of the flesh and blood of the children, that he might extirpate in it that which was destroying them.
Christ took on him the nature of Abraham and David, which was sinful nature. How, then, some say, was he, with sinful flesh, to be sinless? ...
God did it.
THE WEAK FLESH COULD NOT DO IT. JESUS WAS GOD MANIFEST IN THE FLESH, THAT THE GLORY MIGHT BE TO GOD.
The light in his face is the light of the Father's glory. If you ask me how the Father could be manifest in a man with an independent volition, you ask a question not truly founded on reason. Do I know how the Almighty causes substance organized as brain to evolve thought? No; do you? No. But do we doubt the fact the less because we are unable to comprehend it? By no means.
Do we know how the Father performs any of the myriad wonders of His power? Know we so small a matter as the modus operandi of the germination of grain in the field, to its multiplication twentyfold? Nay verily; though we know a thousand things as facts, you will find, on a close scrutiny, that we are utterly ignorant of the mode of invisible working by which these facts have their existence.
If it be so with things in nature, why must our inability to define the process be a difficulty to our receiving a heavenly fact, not only commended to us on the best of all testimony, but self-manifest before us? For who can contemplate the superhuman personage exhibited in the gospel narrative without seeing, with his own eyes, so to speak, that the Father is manifest in him?
When did ever man deport himself like this man? When spoke the most gifted of men like this? Is he not manifestly revealed the moral and intellectual image of the invisible God? Is he not, last Adam though he be-is he not "the Lord from heaven?" But what are we to say to the plain declaration emanant from the mouth of the Lord himself, that the beholder looking on him, saw the Father, and that the Father within him by the Spirit-(for as he said on the subject of eating his flesh, it is the Spirit that maketh alive: the flesh profiteth nothing)-was the doer and the speaker? The answer of wisdom is, that we must simply believe; and true wisdom will gladly believe in so glorious a fact.
Bro Roberts - The Slain Lamb.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
He kept his body under, triumphing over its lusts; and, though sorely tried, he yielded not, but evolved a character that was holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners...Having established his worthiness in this moral conflict with the world and the flesh, God accepted him as the most excellent of all the intelligences of his universe.
Paul shows by Scripture (1) that it is not the angels (as under the Mosaic Law) but the pre-appointed Man of God who is to rule supreme in the future eternal order and (2) that it was essential to his mission as the overcomer and destroyer of sin that he pass through a phase of weakness, struggle and death.
The Jews looked only for a Messiah of vengeance, majesty and power. How sad and short-sighted! Paul points out that their first and greatest need (as ours) was not to be saved from outside enemies, but being saved from themselves-from their own sins, their own evil natures-from their helpless condition of alienation from God and their inevitable destiny of final death and oblivion. How insignificant a thing was their servitude to Rome, when compared to their servitude to Sin! *
Bro Growcott - Without the Camp