The Power of Grace Ministries

February 17

In all things Jesus had to be made like us, but without sin. Perfect in all His ways He paid the price of death on the cross to fulfill the requirements of God on man. He is the First Born of many brethren which you are if you have accepted Him as your Lord and Savior. He understands our temptations, He knows of our failures and weaknesses, and yet He laid His life down for us anyway. That’s love!!

Hebrews 2:14-18
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

 

                In John 5:27 Jesus calls Himself Son of Man, “and God has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man”, which is a powerful statement reflecting on the human nature God took on while He came to earth. Verse 14 is reminding us that from the beginning with Adam, man’s spirit rested in the natural body and because man gave away his authority while in the flesh only a man of flesh and blood could take it back.  It was necessary for God to come in the likeness of flesh and blood, Romans 8:3, to defeat the Devil at his own game. Satan’s power has been destroyed, but he still exists even though verse 14 says he himself was destroyed. Satan’s only power over man was through the fear of life and death of which he had control until the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I think where Christians miss it is in not understanding the limited authority of angelic beings in the first place. In Hebrews 1:14 it clearly stated that “angels” are actually ministering spirits and in Hebrews 1:7 it states that God makes His angels spirits a flame of fire. This is actually saying that God has complete authority over His angels and they only do what He tells them and their authority comes from God for each specific task. Angelic beings do not have their own power.

In Jude 1:9 we read that when Michael the arch angel contended with Satan over the body of Moses, his statement of authority was “the Lord rebuke you”. The other misunderstood conception of Satan is that he is omnipresent. This is just not true in fact 1 Peter 5:8 states that he walks about like a roaring lion. Another scriptural proof that angelic beings are not omnipresent is found in Daniel 10:13 where the angel that came to Daniel to deliver God’s answer to his prayer clearly states that he was sent from God at the beginning of Daniel’s prayer, but the prince of Persia, another name for Satan, withstood him for 21 days. This angel even had to get help from Michael the arch angel to break through Satan’s resistance to get the message from God to Daniel. The Devil cannot be everywhere at the same time and to think he has enough demonic angels to cover the entire world’s population in his effort to torment man is absurd thinking. There is no reference in the bible that angels reproduce and we know that Satan only had 1/3 of the heavenly angels follow him. Today’s world population is approximately 6.7 billion people; to think the Devil and his angels are affecting everyone is just wrong thinking. If that were the case and there are 6.7 billion demonic angels today, than in the day of Adam and Eve there would have been a ratio of 3.35 billion demonic angels to 1 person. That’s just crazy thinking! Most of the problems man deals with is related to learned behavior and input from un-godly sources. True there is demonic activity, but for a Christian to make the effort to imply Satin is behind all evil here on earth it is actually giving glory to the Devil.

                Verse 15 tells us that we have been released from fear and death. The only strong hold Satan had over man was this fear. The only way he can exercise his demonic powers is through doubt which leads to reason, which is based in lack of knowledge and understanding, which is detrimental to walking in faith. James 1:6-8 tells us doubting is faithless actions which lead nowhere. Not only did Jesus take away the sting of death, but He gives us aid in this life.  Verse 16 clearly tells us that He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to us. A man cannot be intimidated if he does not fear death, but even though we are not under death and our hearts are right with God our minds can still take us down the wrong path with the lack of understanding. Verse 16 is one of the answers we need to fall back on. When we are under pressure Jesus gives us aid, and all we need to do is give the oppression over to Him. Verse 17 is the foundation of why God had to come in the likeness of flesh. Jesus is that likeness and in doing so He has a personal understanding of life’s difficulties and is both sympathetic and supportive to our overcoming. Remember that in the days of Moses only the High Priest could inter into the Holiest of Holies once a year and offer a sacrifice for the sins of the people. Jesus is our High Priest and is consistently in the presence of God forever making intercession for us. We need to remember that because of His intercession and His blood, our sins are not only forgiven, but that we can boldly approach the throne of God for His comfort and help in times of need, Hebrews 4:16. Jesus Our High Priest, even though He is God come to earth, walked as a man while on earth and is therefore sympathetic to the temptations man has to deal with. Because He overcame death on the cross, and because He has the Sons spirit, which we now have, He is able to give aid in our turmoil here on earth. That is His covenant with us, “as the seed of Abraham”.