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09 September 14, 2014, Hebrews 2;1-13 The Preeminence Of Christ


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09 September 14, 2014, Hebrews 2;1-13 The Preeminence Of Christ

  1. 1. HEBREWS 2:1-13 The Preeminence of Christ Pay Attention September 14, 2014 FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI USA
  2. 2. MEMORY VERSE Luke10:27 “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
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  10. 10. What’s the number one thing?
  11. 11. The Glory of God!
  12. 12. 1 Corinthians 10:31 NKJV 31Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  13. 13. Ephesians 2:10 NKJV 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehandthat we should walk in them.
  14. 14.
  15. 15. The book of Hebrews was written that one fact and one fact alonewould be in the mind of the Hebrews as they finished reading this letter.
  16. 16. This one fact is: Christ alone qualifies to provide perfect salvation. Jesus Christ is superiorto and preeminentover everyone and everything.
  17. 17. Ray Stedman says that Hebrews is the most Christ-centeredbook in the New Testament.
  18. 18. The book of Hebrews focuses on Jesus Christ: therefore, it is one of the greatest books for hours of discouragement, defeat, or depression, because it emphasizes the character and the qualities of Jesus Christ.
  19. 19.
  20. 20. If we see Him as He is, we cannot help but be strong in faith (quality of faith, not quantity –Matt 17:20).
  21. 21. Hebrews helps us to focus on the One Who is already in the place of victory. *We are fighting a war already won, and that is what encouragesus!
  22. 22. John MacArthur, Jr. Radio program: Grace to You (born June 19, 1939)
  23. 23. You cannot understand the book of Hebrews unless you understand the book of Leviticus, because the book of Hebrews is based upon the Levitical priesthood.
  24. 24. Leviticus contains the ceremonial symbolsfor which Hebrews presents the realitiesso, on your own, familiarize yourself with the principles found in Leviticus.
  25. 25. Hebrews 8:5 NKJV 5They (earthly priests) serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle:
  26. 26. “Seeto it that you make everything according to the patternshown you on the mountain.” Hebrews 8:5 NKJV
  27. 27.
  28. 28. We know that the book of Hebrews was written by a believer, under inspiration, to a suffering, persecuted group of Jews outside of Israel, possibly near Greeceabout 65 AD.
  29. 29. As to the exact human authorship, one of the great teachers of the early church by the name of Origen, said simply, "No one knows."
  30. 30. Since the book's purpose is to exalt Christ, we will refer to the fact that it was written, as was all Scripture, by the Holy Spirit—Whom we do know.
  31. 31. We must understand that three basic groupsof people are in view throughout this epistle. If one does not keep these groups in mind, the book becomes very confusing.
  35. 35. The key to interpreting any part of Hebrews is to understand which group is being addressed.
  36. 36. The primarymessage is addressed to believers(Group I). *Periodically there are interspersed warnings to the two unbelieving groups.
  37. 37. In a masterful way, in a way that could only be divine, the Holy Spirit speaks to all three.
  38. 38. He meets every one of their particular needs and their specific questions in this one supernatural masterpiece.
  39. 39. In Hebrews there is confidenceand assurancefor the Christian (Group I).
  40. 40. There is warningto the intellectually convinced (Group II) that he must receive Christ or his knowledge will damn him.
  41. 41. Finally, there is a convincingpresentation to the unbeliever (Group III) who is not even intellectually persuaded that he should believe in Jesus Christ.
  42. 42. Warning #1: The Danger of Drifting(Hebrews 1:1–2:4)
  43. 43. Five warnings in Hebrews 1.The danger of drifting in Chapter 2. 2. The danger of not entering into rest in Chapters 3-4.
  44. 44. 3. The danger of not going on to maturityin Chapters 5-6. 4. The danger of willful sinin Chapter 10. 5. The danger of indifferenceto the point of denialin Chapter 12.
  45. 45. *Since Jesus is higher than the prophets, and higher than the angels, then we ought to listen to Him. *Do not neglectto listen to this One.
  46. 46. Chapter 2: Warning to the intellectually convinced concerning the danger of drifting.
  47. 47. Hebrews 2:1-4 NKJV 1 Therefore we must give the more earnest heedto the things we have heard, lest we drift away.
  48. 48. 2For if the word spoken through angelsproved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward,
  49. 49. 3how shall we escape if we neglectso great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,
  50. 50. 4God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? Hebrews 2:1-4 NKJV
  51. 51. The first warning is directed to non-Christians Jews who are intellectually convincedof the Gospel but who had failed to receive itfor themselves.
  52. 52. We have all met people who say, "Yes, I believe that Christ is the Savior and that I need Him, but I'm not ready to make that commitmentyet."
  53. 53. Perhaps your husband, your wife, your brother, your child or a good friend is like that. *They come to churchand hear and hear and hear the Word of God.
  54. 54. *They know it is trueand they know they need it, but they are not willingto commit themselves and personally accept Jesus Christ.
  55. 55. *They have all the facts but will not make a commitment. This surely is the most tragic category of people in existence.
  56. 56. There are many, many such people in the USA. *They know the truth, they stand on the edgeof the right decision, but they never make it. *They just drift.
  57. 57. And they are the ones to whom this passage in Hebrews is speaking. *The purpose of these four verses is to give such persons a powerful shove toward Jesus Christ.
  58. 58. The message, of course, is not restrictedto Jewish nonbelievers. *It is for anyonewho is on the edge of decision for Christ, but who — because of self-will, sin,
  59. 59. fear of persecution from his family and friends, or any other reason —says no to Christand continues to neglect Him.
  60. 60. A man is a fool, a fool beyond fools, an eternal tragedy, when he neglectsto decide for Jesus Christ.
  61. 61. The writer of Hebrews could go no farther with the superiority of Christ without stopping to make an appeal: "Now what are you going to do about this?"
  62. 62. We can know all the truth there is to know about Jesus Christand yet go to hell if we never make Him our own —by being made His own.
  63. 63. How can a person know Who Christ is, admit that the Gospel is true, and still not commithis life to Him? That is incomprehensible, a mysteryand a tragedy!
  64. 64. A look at one of the Greek words in Hebrews 2:1will help in understanding all four of the opening verses.
  65. 65. The key word is: pararhueo pah rah hoo EH oh (“to let slip”). *It is used of something which carelesslyhas been allowed to slip away.
  66. 66. Italso has a nauticalconnotation and is used of a ship that has been allowed to driftpast the harbor because a sailor forgot to attend tothe steerage or to properly chart the wind, tides, and current.
  67. 67. *The verse could be translated, "Therefore, we must the more eagerly secure our lives to thethings which we havebeen taught, lest the ship of life drift past the harbor of salvation and be lost forever.” Hebrews 2:1
  68. 68.
  69. 69. Most people do not go headlong and intentionallyinto hell but they driftinto it, they do not deliberately, in a moment, turn their backs on God or curse Him. .
  70. 70. Most people just slowly, almost imperceptibly slip past the harbor of salvation out to eternal destruction.
  71. 71. The picture is not of an ignorant sailor, or a wantonly rebellious sailor, but of a carelesssailor.
  72. 72. They had better take all the more heed lest unintentionallyand unexpectedly, they one day find themselves having drifted past the harbor of salvation.
  73. 73. We must be sure to understand that it is not the Gospelthat slips. *The Greek and most modern translations make it clear that it is inattentive menwho slip.
  74. 74. The harbor of salvation is absolutely secure. The Word will never drift from us.
  75. 75. The dangeris our loved ones drifting from it.
  76. 76. It is Jesus Christ, Who never moves, never changes, and is always available to anyone who wants the protection and security of His righteousness.
  77. 77. His Word must get inside of them and make a huge change in their lives. It is not enoughjust to hear it.
  78. 78. When they hear the Word of God, they must make it theirs. Do not drift past it, for that is the most dangerous thing they can do.
  79. 79. One wonders how many thousands of people in hell were close to salvation, how many thousands were close to being safely moored andanchored, only to driftaway forever by their failure to receive what they heard and, in many cases, actually believed.
  80. 80. Drifting is so quiet, so easy, but so damning. All you need to do to go to hell is do nothing.
  81. 81. *It is extremely difficultto understand how anyone who has seen the character of Jesus Christ can ever reject Him.
  82. 82. Christians who live daily "with Jesus Christ and experience Him in their lives”, are mystified that people do not rush to Him and to everything He has for them.
  83. 83. The English explorer, William Edward Parry, took a crew to the Arctic Ocean.
  84. 84. They wanted to go farther north to continue their chartings, so they calculated their location by the stars and started a very difficult and treacherous march north.
  85. 85. 1819.jpg/220px-The_Crews_of_H.M.S._Hecla_%26_Griper_Cutting_Into_Winter_Harbour%2C_Sept._26th%2C_1819.jpg They walked hour upon hour, and finally, totally exhausted, they stopped.
  86. 86. Taking their bearings again from the stars, they discovered that they were farther souththan they had been when they started.
  87. 87. They had been walking on an ice floe that was moving south faster than they were walking north.
  88. 88. *How many people thinktheir good deeds, their merits, and their religiousness are taking them step by step to God, when in fact they are moving away from Himfaster than they are supposedly walking toward Him.
  89. 89. That is the tragedy of it. *They awake one day to find, like Parry's crew, that all the time they have been moving further away from their desired destination.
  90. 90.
  91. 91. A person should never be satisfiedwith religious feelings, with coming to church, with being married to a Christian spouse, or with church activities.
  92. 92. He will be drifting into hellunless he has made a personal commitmentto the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
  93. 93. Hebrews 2:2-3 NKJV 2For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgressionand disobediencereceived a just reward,
  94. 94. 3how shall we escape if we neglectso great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, Hebrews 2:2-3 NKJV
  95. 95. Two words are used here for sin: transgression(parabasis) pah rah BAH sis and disobedience(parakoe) pah rock oh A.
  96. 96. Transgression means to step across the line, as a willful act.
  97. 97. It is an overtsin of commission —of intentionallydoing something we know to be wrong.
  98. 98. Disobedience, however, carries the idea of imperfect hearing, but not like that of a deaf man, who cannot help not hearing.
  99. 99. Disobedience deliberately shuts its earsto the commands, warnings, and invitations of God.
  100. 100. It is a sin of neglect, of omission —doing nothing when we should do something. One is activesin, the other is passive, but both are willful and both are bad.
  101. 101. Neglectof Christ's salvation will cost a person eternal blessing, eternal joy, and will bring them damning judgment and eternal punishment.
  102. 102. Punishmentin Scripture is always related to light. The more lightone has, the more severetheir judgment. Jesus was clear about this.
  103. 103. Matthew 11:20-24 NKJV Woe to the Impenitent Cities 20Then He began to rebukethe cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:
  104. 104. 21“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
  105. 105. 22But I say to you, it will be more tolerablefor Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.
  106. 106. 23And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
  107. 107. 24But I say to you that it shall be more tolerablefor the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.” Matthew 11:20-24 NKJV
  108. 108. The principle is this: the more folks know, the greater the judgmentfor not abiding by what they know. *There are degreesof punishment in hell.
  109. 109. The hottest places belong to those who have rejected the most light. *Do not drift pastGod's grace!
  110. 110. HEBREWS 2:5-8 NKJV The Son Made Lower than Angels 5For He has notput the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.
  111. 111. 6But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him?
  112. 112. 7You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands.
  113. 113. 8You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that isnot put under him. HEBREWS 2:5-8 NKJV
  114. 114. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. Hebrews 2:5-8 NKJV
  115. 115. After his urgent appeal in 2:1-4for men not to neglect salvation, the writer briefly returns to his discussion of angels — as an intro to his teaching about man's destiny.
  116. 116. Man today is lost, totally lost. In losing his right relationship to God at the Fall, he also lost the meaning of his existence.
  117. 117. These verses teach us what man's intended destinyis, how and why it was lost (bad news), and how it can be recovered(Good News!) in the exalted Savior.
  118. 118. Hebrews 2:5 5“For He has not putthe world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.” God never intended to give angels rule overthe world to come.
  119. 119. Rather, angels are to minister to thosewho will be heirs of salvation (1:14). In the world to come, angels will be servants, not rulers.
  120. 120. In verse 5, “in subjection” translates the Greek hupotasso (hoop-ot-as'-so) primarily a term that referred to arrangingsoldiers in orderunder a commander.
  121. 121. It also came to be used for any system of administration. God will not turn over the administrationof the world to come to angels.
  122. 122. It will be agreat and glorious world, aworld of perfection. *Whoever reignsin that world will be glorious indeed. *But it will not be angels.
  123. 123. The angels’ present superiority over men is only temporary.
  124. 124. What is this “earth to come”? *It is the great millennial Kingdom! *The earthitself will be differentand so will all its inhabitantsbe different.
  125. 125. The animalswill be different, and someof the peoplewill be different — redeemed and glorified (Isaiah 11:6-9).
  126. 126. Isaiah 11:6-9 NKJV 6“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them.
  127. 127.
  128. 128. 7The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
  129. 129. 8The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.
  130. 130. 9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of theLORDAs the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:6-9 NKJV
  131. 131. The point being made in verse 5 is simply that this new world will not be ruled by angels.
  132. 132. To get the whole issue in perspective, however, we should understand that this present world is ruled by angels.
  133. 133. The chief fallen angel is Satan, who is also prince of this world (John 12:31; 14:30).
  134. 134. We also know from Ephesians that this world is under tremendous demonic influence (and Babylon is their capital).
  135. 135. Demons are fallen angels and they are called rulers, powers, world forces of darkness, and spiritual forces of wickedness (Ephesians 6:12).
  136. 136. Not only do Satan and his fallen angels have some rule in this world, but even the holy angelsnow have a kind of sovereignty.
  137. 137. Daniel 10 tells of Michaeland another holy angel fighting against powerful fallen angels who were influencing the rulers of Persia and Greece.
  138. 138. The rule of this earth, therefore, is now in the hands of both fallen and holy angels. *Needless to say, this "joint" rulership involves extreme conflict.
  139. 139. Man, however, was created as the king of the earth, and in God's final destiny for him, man will one daybe the sovereign that his Creator designed him to be.
  140. 140. Man is lower than the angels only for a little while longerand he will, in fact, even judge the angels who have fallen (1 Corinthians 6:3).
  141. 141. 1 Corinthians 6:1-3 NKJV 1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the saints?
  142. 142. 2Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
  143. 143. 3Do you not know that we shall judge angels? How much more, things that pertain to this life? 1 Corinthians 6:1-3 NKJV
  144. 144. In Hebrews 2:6-8 we see God's planned destiny for mankindin general. God made man to be king.
  145. 145. Redeemed man's destiny.
  146. 146. What right do we have to be so much in the mind of God? "Thou hast made him for a little while lower than the angels, ... crowned him with glory and honor, ... appointed him over the works of Thy hands, put all things in subjection under his feet."
  147. 147.
  148. 148. Genesis 1:27-28 NKJV 27So God created man in Hisownimage; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
  149. 149. 28Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion overthe fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thingthat moves on the earth.” Genesis 1:27-28 NKJV
  150. 150. Man is lower than angels only in that he is physical and they are spiritual. *What does this mean? *Just this: angels are heavenly creatures, while man is earthbound.
  151. 151. Obviously this is a limitingand major difference, and man is therefore now of a lower rank. *But there is a time limit for this inferiority.
  152. 152. The present chain of commandis temporary. *God has a destiny for man that will elevate him to king, when he will be on at leastan equal basis with angels.
  153. 153. Luke 20:34-36 NKJV 34Jesus answered and said to them,“The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage.
  154. 154. 35But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage;
  155. 155. 36nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angelsand are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. Luke 20:34-36 NKJV
  156. 156. Man is confinedto the earth and to relatively nearby space. Angels, on the other hand, are not confinedby the physical.
  157. 157. They are able to come to earth at will, and have supernatural powerand strengththat even sinless man did not have.
  158. 158. Not only that, but man's only direct communion with God has been that which he had with Jesus while He was on earth.
  159. 159. Angels have continual accessto the throne of God. Angels are spirit beings; man is made out of the dust of the earth.
  160. 160. After Satan rebelled, the faithful angels were secured in holiness forever; after Adam rebelled, all men were cursedwith him.
  161. 161. In Adam, all died (1 Corinthians 15:22). At the time of the creation, angelswere perfect; manwas only innocent.
  162. 162. Even in his innocence, man had the choice to sin. Still more importantly, angels were never subject to deathas man was.
  163. 163. God's first wordsto Adam in the garden of Eden were, "From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die" (Genesis 2:16-17).
  164. 164. *In the coming new earth, things will be much different.
  165. 165. Then we see in Daniel 7 "the saintsof the Highest One will receive the kingdomand possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come ....
  166. 166. Then the sovereignty, the dominion, and the greatness of all the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be given to the people of the saintsof the Highest One;
  167. 167. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions will serve and obey Him" (Daniel 7:18,27).
  168. 168. Redeemed men not only will inherit a perfect kingdom but an eternal kingdom, in which they, not angels, will rule.
  169. 169. Revelation 3:21 says believerswill sit with Christ on His throne and rule with Him.
  170. 170. Ephesians 1:20 says He will reign over principalities and powers, that is, angels.
  171. 171. Therefore if Christ reigns over angels in the kingdom and we sit on His throne with Him, we, too, will reign over angels.
  172. 172. Only for a little while longerare men lower than the angels.
  173. 173. The whole earth will be redeemed and manwill be crowned in Christ. That is the promisefor the future.
  174. 174. Hebrews 2:8a NKJV 8aYou have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that isnot put under him.
  175. 175. The king's throne was always elevated, and everyone who came into his presence bowed down before him and sometimes even kissed his feet.
  176. 176. His subjects, therefore, were often spoken of as being under his feet.
  177. 177. When man is one day given the right to rule the earth, all God's creation will be put under man's feet. *That is the revelation of man's destiny.
  178. 178. Hebrews 2:8b NKJV 2b But now we do not yet see all things put under him.
  179. 179. Something drastichappened. Man's revealed destiny was restrictedby Adam's and Eve's sin.
  180. 180. When Adam sinned, the earth was corrupted and he immediately lost his kingdomand his crown.
  181. 181. Because all mankind fell in Adam, because he lost his kingdom and his crown, we do not now see the earth subject to man.
  182. 182. The earth originally was subject to man, and it supplied all his needs without his having to do anything.
  183. 183. He had only to accept and enjoy the earth as it provided for him. *Then, tempted by Satan, man sinned, and his tempter usurped the crown.
  184. 184. There you see the change in the chain of command. Man fell to the bottom, and the earth, under the evil one, now rules man.
  185. 185. If you pay much attention to ecology, you know that we do not rule this world; it rules us.
  186. 186. With all our modern technology, we must constantly fight against the earthfor our survival.
  187. 187. What elsehappened to Adam after he had sinned? First, there was murderwithin his own family. Then there was polygamy.
  188. 188. In the next few chapters of Genesis we read of death. By the time we come to chapter 6, God is sending a flood to destroy all mankindbut one family.
  189. 189. Man indeed had lost his crown. The prince of the earth, of the system of the world, now is Satan.
  190. 190. "The whole world lies in the power of the evil one" (1 John 5:19). He rules the cursed earth, which in turn rules sinful man.
  191. 191. When man lost his crown, he also lost mastery of himselfas well as of the earth. He was totally sinful and became a slave to sin.
  192. 192. Not only that, but the animal kingdom was now subservient to man onlyout of fear, no longer out of affection.
  193. 193. Much of the animal kingdom was no longer able to be tamedat all.
  194. 194. The ground originallyproduced good things naturally and abundantly for man to have for the taking.
  195. 195. Now it produces thorns, weeds, and other harmful things naturally and abundantly.
  196. 196. Whatever good things man now gets from the earth come only by tiresome effort.
  197. 197. Extremes of heat and cold, poisonous plants and reptiles, earthquakes, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, disease, war —all these were releasedupon man after the Fall.
  198. 198. Virtually everything God had given for man's good and blessing became his enemy, and man has been fighting a losing battle ever since.
  199. 199. For millennia, he himself has been dying. Now he is finding out that the earth is dying with him.
  200. 200. Amazingly, the earth itself knows its condition(Romans 8).
  201. 201. Romans 8:18-20 NKJV From Suffering to Glory 18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthyto be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
  202. 202. 19For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waitsfor the revealing of the sons of God.
  203. 203. 20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him Who subjecteditin hope; Romans 8:18-20 NKJV
  204. 204. God subjected the earth to this cursein order that man might continually have trouble. *Man had to know that God was aware of his sin, and he had to suffer the consequences, in part, by fighting against the very earth that was designed to be his servant.
  205. 205. Butwhen the new kingdom begins,
  206. 206. Romans 8:21-22 NKJV 21because the creation itself also will be deliveredfrom the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
  207. 207. 22For we know that the whole creation groansand labors with birth pangs together until now. Romans 8:21-22 NKJV
  208. 208. The earth, aware of its curse that came with Adam's fall, is groaning for the daythat the sons of God are manifest in the kingdom, for the earth knows that it, too, will be redeemed -liberated from corruption.
  209. 209. In the meantime, man is subject to the earth. *He plants but he is not surewho will reap.
  210. 210. He builds cities and houses and dams and monuments but they are all subject to destruction by lightning or earthquake or flood or fire or erosion or aging.
  211. 211. Man lives in jeopardy every hour. *Just at the height of professional achievement, his brain may develop a tumor, and he becomes an imbecile.
  212. 212. Just at the brink of athletic fame, he may be injured and become a helpless paralytic. *He fightshimself, he fightshis fellowman, and he fightshis earth.
  213. 213. Every day we read and hear of the distress of nations, of the impossibility of agreement between statesmen in a world that languishesin political and social conflict —not to mention economic hardship, health hazards, and military threats.
  214. 214. We hear the whine of pain from dumb animals and even see the struggle of trees and crops against diseaseand insects.
  215. 215. Our many hospitals, doctors, medicines, pesticides, insurance companies, fire and police departments, funeral homes -all are testimony to the cursed earth.
  216. 216. No wonder the creation groans. *But God did not intend it to be this way; and it will continue this way only for a little while, in God's timetable.
  217. 217. Someday, in the world to come, when the kingdom comes, hospitals will be closed, doctors will be out of business, and the ravenous nature of wild animals (and of human beings) will be changed.
  218. 218. The crops and the trees will no longerbe infested. *The game of politics will be over and wars will cease.
  219. 219. Man —redeemed man — will reign, co-reignwith Christ!
  220. 220. Isaiah 2:4 NKJV 4He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks;
  221. 221. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore. Isaiah 2:4 NKJV
  222. 222. A day is coming when, in the wonderful plan of God, the dominion that man lost will be given to him again.
  223. 223. God's redeemed ones, His children, will never again be subject to death, they will be like the angels (Luke 20:36). *In the kingdom they will, reign overthe angels.
  224. 224. Hebrews 2:9 NKJV 9But we see Jesus, Who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. Hebrews 2:9 NKJV
  225. 225. That brings us to the third point. Man's revealed destiny, restricted by sin, has been recovered by Christ.
  226. 226. The ultimate curse of man's lost destiny is death.
  227. 227. Warning Adam about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, God said, "For in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die" (Genesis 2:17).
  228. 228. The cross conquered the curse. The kingdom will be restored and man will be given the crown again. *But how can it happen?
  229. 229. If we are all sinners, how can we become sinless? The only payment for sin is death - "For the wages of sin is death" (Romans 6:23).
  230. 230. The only way man can ever be a king again is to have the curse removed. The only way the curse can be removed is for the penalty to be paid.
  231. 231. If man is to be restored to reign as a king, he must die —and be resurrected a new man with sovereign qualities. But we still ask, "How?"
  232. 232. We know, even without God's revelation, that we could not do this ourselves. Paul explains. Speaking of Christ, he writes:
  233. 233. Romans 6:5-11 NKJV 5For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection,
  234. 234. 6knowing this, that our old man was crucified withHim,that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.
  235. 235. 7For he who has died has been freed from sin. 8Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
  236. 236. 9knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. 10For the deaththat He died, He died to sin once for all; butthe lifethat He lives, He lives to God.
  237. 237. 11Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:5-11 NKJV
  238. 238. I died years ago. I am perfectly healthy now, but I died a long time ago.
  239. 239. I died the death that Paul describes in Galatians: "I have been crucified with Christ" (2:20).
  240. 240. The moment that I put my faith in Jesus Christ, at that moment I was identified with Christ. I died with Him on the cross.
  241. 241. *For every believer, the curse has been removed. *Every believer is now a king. *We have not inherited our dominion yet, but the crown has been restored.
  242. 242. For every one of us who knows and loves Jesus Christ, the moment we received Him, we were identified with Him.
  243. 243. We were crucified with Him and were buried with Him, and He has raised us up to a new life. It is life with the curse removed.
  244. 244. In Christ we are kings. *We do not have our kingdom yet, but it is certain to be ours. *To the saints of the Most High belongs the kingdom.
  245. 245. Our old bodies are going to fall off someday, but we are not going to die. *Our bodies will die, but even they will one day be resurrected in a new and eternal form.
  246. 246. We will be immediately liberated to go into the presence of Jesus. *Or, if He comes again before that happens to us, He will take us with Him into the kingdom.
  247. 247. To accomplish this great work on our behalf, Jesus had to become a man. He Himself had to be made for a little while lower than the angels.
  248. 248. To regain man's dominion He had to taste death for man. If a man dies for his own sin, he is doomed forever to hell.
  249. 249. But Christ came to die for us, because in His dying He could conquer death.
  250. 250. Revelation 5:9-10 NKJV 9And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood
  251. 251. Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10And have made us kingsand priests to our God; And weshall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10 NKJV
  252. 252. As you and I identify ourselves with Jesus Christ in His death, as we receive Him as Savior, the curse is removed, and we become joint heirs with Him in the eternal kingdom.
  253. 253. Obviously, if we are going to reign on earth as kings, there will have to be a kingdom.
  254. 254. The Saints Reign with Christ 1,000 Years Revelation 20:4 NKJV 4And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them.
  255. 255. Then I sawthe souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image,
  256. 256. and had not receivedhis mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for athousand years. Revelation 20:4 NKJV
  257. 257. Who will be on those thrones? We who are the kings. *We will be kings with our great King, the King of kings.
  258. 258. The Redeemer King will rule with His redeemed saints over the redeemed earth. Man will be changed:
  259. 259. ISAIAH 2:2-4 NKJV 2Now it shall come to pass in the latter daysThatthe mountain of theLORD’s house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it.
  260. 260. 3Many people shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORDfrom Jerusalem.
  261. 261. 4He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore. ISAIAH 2:2-4 NKJV
  262. 262. The animals will be changed:
  263. 263. Isaiah 11:6-9 NKJV 6“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the young goat, The calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little child shall lead them.
  264. 264. 7The cow and the bear shall graze; Their young ones shall lie down together; And the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
  265. 265. 8The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole, And the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.
  266. 266. 9They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of theLORDAs the waters cover the sea. Isaiah 11:6-9 NKJV
  267. 267. Even the plants will be changed:
  268. 268. Isaiah 35:1-2 NKJV 1 The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, And the desert shall rejoice and blossom as the rose;
  269. 269. 2It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice, Even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, The excellence of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of theLORD, The excellency of our God. Isaiah 35:1-2 NKJV
  270. 270. Christ tasted death for you and for me. He did it to recover our lost destiny.
  271. 271. If you have been groping around, trying to figure out why you exist, I hope you know the reason now. There is no reason for us to be slaves.
  272. 272. There is no reason for us to be paupers. There is only reason for us to be kings. *Men today still ask, "What is man?"
  273. 273. The idolator and the animist says, “Man is inferior to birds and animals, even to creeping things, stones, and sticks." *And he bows down and worships the snake.
  274. 274. The materialist says, "Man is obviously higher than any of the other animals, but he is still only the product of chance, the result of evolutionary natural selection."
  275. 275. Most people believe such ideas or ones equally as foolish. But God says, "Man was created to be king of the earth.
  276. 276. Only for a little time he has been made lower than the angels." *Someday he will sit on the throne of Jesus Christ and reign with Him in His kingdom.
  277. 277. I trust that you will be there reigning with Christ.
  278. 278. Jews could not comprehend the idea that God would become man. Even less could they understand how, having become man, He could die.
  279. 279. How could the anointed of God, the Messiah, be the victim of death? *Consequently, wherever the Gospel was preached to Jews, as in Acts 17, it was necessary to explain why Christ had to suffer and die (vv. 2-3).
  280. 280. The cross was a serious stumbling block to them, Jewish converts even had difficulty with this issue. How could Jesus be greater than angels if angels never die?
  281. 281. How could He be a Savior if He Himself were killed? *These were lingering questions.
  282. 282. Christ was made for a little while lower than the angels so that He could become a man. He became a man so that He could die.
  283. 283. He came to die because His death, and only His death, could accomplish man's salvation.
  284. 284. Those tiny hands fashioned by the Holy Spirit in Mary's womb were made to take two great nails.
  285. 285. Those little feet were made to climb a hill and be nailed to a cross.
  286. 286. That sacred head was made to wear a crown of thorns, and that tender body wrapped in swaddling clothes was made to be pierced by a spear.
  287. 287. For this Christ came to earth. His death was the furthest thing from an accident.
  288. 288. And, despite the malignant evil that crucified Him, His death was the furthest thing from a tragedy.
  289. 289. It was God's ultimate plan for His Son and His ultimate gift for mankind (It pleased God to crush Him –Isaiah 53:10).
  290. 290. God created man in innocence and gave him dominion over the earth. Man sinned and immediately lost his dominion.
  291. 291. Jesus Christ came to die to remove the curse so that man could regain dominion; thus His death was the most purposeful in all history.
  292. 292. He came to restore the crown to man. But the crown could not be restored until the curse was removed.
  293. 293. If He was to remove the curse on man He had to take the place of man by becoming a man Himself.
  294. 294. And though, for this purpose, He became lower than angels, He accomplished what no angel ever could have accomplished.
  295. 295. There were actually five accomplishments in this one.
  296. 296. Through His death, Jesus Christ became our Substitute, our salvation Author, our Sanctifier, our Satan-Conquerer, and our Sympathizer —the perfect Savior.
  297. 297. The Plan of Hope & Salvation Romans 3:23 NKJV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 6:23a NKJV 23aFor the wages of sin is death,
  298. 298. Death in this life (the first death) is 100%. Even Jesus, the only one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins. The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8.
  299. 299. Revelation 21:8 NKJV 8“But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
  300. 300. Romans 6:23b NKJV 23bbut the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 5:8 NKJV 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
  301. 301. Revelation 21:7 NKJV 7“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.” Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to accept Jesus as our Savior.
  302. 302. Romans 10:9-10 NKJV 9that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
  303. 303. Romans 10:13 NKJV 13For “whoever calls on the name of the LORDshall be saved.” If you have questions or would like to know more. Please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-979-1900 or