Today we start the book of Hebrews (again)! 2 Peter was only 3 chapters long; that’s why we finished it so fast. – This is what God gave me today in his word:
For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, (Hebrews 2:10-11)
We’re only at chapter two, and we already know exactly what the writer of Hebrews is about. As a matter of fact, if you look at chapter two in general, you’ll find it’s the only thing the writer actually talks about in the whole chapter. But why is that? Surely it would be better of the writer to give them some sound, day-by-day teaching. After all, the writer is talking to Christians here! They already know what the Gospel of Jesus is, why bother bringing it out?
First, why does the writer bother bringing out the Gospel? … It doesn’t seem to make much sense; aside from encouraging them.
For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Hebrews 2:16-18)
Jesus has been tempted by Satan too. He knows what it’s like, he’s, “suffered”. He came down, becoming like man, not considered equality with God something to be grasped, and was tempted. Not only that, but he actually died for us on a cross! – In general, that’s what the writer is saying. – The question is, “why bother?”. He bother’s, because it’s an important part of what he’s saying; everyone is being tempted, was tempted, or is going to be tempted, it’s part of life. However, we can know that Jesus went through first! He took the sting from death, he, ‘cut down the thorns before we even got to them’ if you will.
No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
I can tell you what that way is. It’s the same, “way” for everyone, in fact, in addition, it’s also the truth and life itself. In fact, “it” has a name and that’s, “Jesus Christ”. The reason TW (The Writer) feels that it’s important to share the Gospel with Christian’s, is because it is important! I don’t really care if you’re the worst wretch in history or the, purest (in Jesus’ power) Christian ever, we all need the Gospel of Jesus as hope, as a way to resist temptation, as life. Without it, we’d be the equivalent of a baby, unable to resist, always crying at our inability to do anything good or right in of ourselves.
The Gospel should always take first importance in what we say, in what we do, in our own minds. How can we, “take every thought captive to Christ” if Christ isn’t in our minds/thoughts? If you don’t have the way, you can expect to get lost on your way to Heaven.
The point? In the mind of TW, the Gospel should take first importance and who are we to argue? After all, the evidence says we should listen to him.
You are Loved!