Updated: Sep 10, 2020
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. Hebrews 2:14-16
I had two goals during my career, to become an Equal Opportunity Advisor and Drill Sergeant. I was able to secure only one these titles. In order to become a Drill Sergeant, I had to be selected or volunteer, I had to attend school and be trained, and I had to complete a tour of duty of 2 years; which was called the “The Trail.” I refused to volunteer, I was selected, I attended school, whereas, the training of 10 weeks included repeating Basic Training again while simultaneously learning modules and techniques to be able to successfully transform a civilian into a soldier – which is termed, the Soldierization Process.
The Epistle to the Hebrews purpose is to nuture, teach and exhort by firmly establishing that Jesus is indeed the Messiah. Christ has become our eternal High Priest (after the order of Melchizedek) and in being as a picture of the superior kind of high priesthood embodied in Jesus. According to Hebrews, Jesus as “high priest” differs from the Levitical high priests of the OT and his sacrifice differs from that which they offered.
You know, I ask a lot of questions when I don’t understand or it doesn’t compute. Maybe, just maybe, the audience in Hebrews had some questions about the old priest sacrifices as opposed to the new high priest sacrifice and because they didn’t understand, they decided to go back to the familiar of the law in which they can never fulfill and neglect Christ’s redemption, sanctification and relationship. There were certainly questions so the author of Hebrews provides the answers in greater detail than any other NT author!
Verse 14 – Because God saw fit that we were still partly grown children of someone that needed to come into communion or fellowship with, to become a sharer or be made a partner. Because we were subject to sin and our blood was unacceptable BUT because His Son was already in fellowship with Him and already a partner, Christ came in the same way as flesh and blood to rightly restore mankind through the same instrument – death used by the devil to separate us from God. Christ conquered death and rendered the devil inactive and have no further efficiency. Christ deprived him of force, influence and power and Christ took dominion of death. The devil wants to estrange mankind from God and entice us to sin and afflict us with diseases by means of demons who take possession of their bodies at his bidding. So, now that Christ has conquered death itself, there is still a fear of it roaming around.
Verse 15 – Therefore, Christ is here to set the ALL the captives free from all slave way of thinking and bondage of fear of death to fear ONLY one, God. You only fear death when you know not Christ. Christ allows us to be alive all our lives on earth instead of being in a slavish sense of fear produced by the thought of death. Christ has conquered death itself and set the captives free, those that know him. So, Christ has replaced the high priest in the temple.
Verse 16 – Intentionally, he did not take the nature of angels. Angels are messengers, one of the host of heavenly spirits, are sent to by him to earth to execute his purposes; angels are subject to God and Christ. Abraham, on which all believers in Christ have a claim to the title son and was the promise made. The promise was made through Abraham, not angels nor Adam. Christ became flesh and blood to rescue us. Christ conquered death, set the captives free; those that know Him and replaced the high priest in the temple. So, like the high priest in the temple, Christ reconciled us to the Father.
Verse 17 – Although like the high priest, Christ is superior in all things. So it would be reasonable that in all things to become like His brethren, his brothers by blood, Christians, those who are destined to be exalted to the same heaven. Christ’s whole life was sinless, he came and did everything the Father asked of him, including a bloody death he offered as an expiatory sacrifice to God and has entered the heavenly sanctuary where he continually intercedes on our behalf. In all things, Christ conquered death, set the captives free; those that know Him, replaced the high priest in the temple and has made reconciliation for the sins of the people. So, Christ was tempted by the devil too.
Verse 18 – For in that lies the reason we all should believe because He went through and experienced misfortunes and suffered affliction. Christ, the immutable High Priest suffered temptation from the devil and others who worked for him BUT He did not sin EVER! Therefore He is able to run to the cry of those in danger and bring aid to anyone who is suffering or in a difficult situation. Christ conquered death, set the captives free; those that know Him, replaced the high priest in the temple, made reconciliation for the sins of the people and Christ was tempted in all things; therefore He knows how to help you in all things.
As a Drill Sergeant in training, I learned that I would encounter 4 types of trainees on “The Trail” during the soldierization process.
Unwilling and able
Unwilling and unable
Willing and unable
Willing and able
Christ have undoubtedly proven that He is the Messiah, the Merciful and Faithful High Priest by order of Melchizedek and He is superior to anything else! Are you unwilling yet able? OR
Are you unwilling yet unable?
Are you claiming willing yet unable? OR
Are you willing and able and refuse to come to the High Priest? Because let me tell you something, no matter what type you are, Jesus is Willing And Able no matter what your type is. Let Christ help you help with your unbelief. He’s willing and able, trust Him to be your Drill Sergeant who’s been on “The Eternal Trail” to know what you’re going through to carry you through.