Hebrews 3 - Conquering Death Through Death

Hebrews 2:14-15 - Before I dive into Hebrews 3, I have to revisit the last paragraph oc chapter 2, and this opening line in particular:

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

So, Satan holds the power of death and uses it to enslave mankind through fear of death. As a result, Jesus says "OK, I'll become like them and use that which Satan wields to enslave (death) to deliver them from it." How awesome is that?

Hebrews 3:1 - "Therefore ..." In other words, because Jesus became an actual flesh and blood man and died, beating the Devil at his own game ... "Therefore ... consider Jesus ... who was faithful". Not "Therefore, do better" or "Therefore, stop sinning" or "Therefore, be righteous" just "consider Jesus". We are called not to be better because of Jesus, but to consider Jesus and therefore become better. It seems like a small distinction, but it's important. If our focus is on being better, we won't be, but if our focus is on Jesus, we can't help but become better.

Hebrews 3:6 - We are his house if we do well? No, if we hold to our confidence and hope.

Hebrews 3:12-13 - Guard your own heart from unbelief, and help your brother do the same through exhorting him, daily. How well do we do that? I find it far easier to be shallow, unfortunately.

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Hebrews 3:12-13 is only fully possible through the power of the Holy Spirit.

You may swallow now. :-)

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