Hebrews 2:14-18 (NIV)
14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil–
15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.
16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants.
17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people.
18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
The Apostle Paul in Romans 1:14-16 writes this epistle to the Christians at Rome who were under duress, stress and persecution was on the horizon…listen to his 3 I’ams
Romans 1:14-16 (KJV)
14 I am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the Barbarians; both to the wise, and to the unwise.
15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
NOTICE THE 3 I AMS OF THE APOSTLE PAUL
A) PAUL WRITES THAT I AM A DEBTOR TO THE GREEKS AND THE BARBARIANS…
PAUL TELLS US I OWE THEM AS HUMAN BEINGS TO SHARE THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST WITH THEM…THERE IS NO WAY OUT OF BEING DOMINATED BY DEATH AND THE DEVIL THEN TO OBEY AND LIVE THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.
B) V15 PAUL WRITES IN THE 2ND I’AM READY TO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST TO THE ROMANS. PAUL HAD A SPIRIT OF READINESS TO SHARE THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.
PAUL HAD A READINESS TO PREACH THE GOSPEL BECAUSE PAUL KNEW THAT PEOPLE NEEDED THE GOSPEL MORE THEN PEOPLE NEEDED MONEY OR THE MATERIAL THINGS OF LIVE
C) V16 WE SEE THE APOSTLE PAUL’S 3RD I AM NOT ASHAMED OF THE GOSPLE OF CHRIST FOR IT IS THE POWER OF GOD…IT IS THE DYNAMITE OF GOD THAT WILL “DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL”…THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL IS SIN, DEATH,DECAY,PERVERSION OR LIEING. SATAN IS THE FATHER OF SIN AND DEATH. BUT WHAT THE GOSPEL CONTAIN WAS THE POWER TO DESTROY SATAN’S DEATH HOLD ON HUMANITY.
D) WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN THAT ARE MURDERED MONTHLY IN THIS NATION 5OO + ONE WOULD WONDER WHY FOLK CAN’T GET TOGETHER AND FIX THIS GUN PROBLEM…WELL SATAN IS THE AUTHOR OF SIN AND DEATH WHILE GOD IS THE AUTHOR OF HOLINESS AND LIFE.
II. WHY DID THE SON OF GOD COME?
A) DID JESUS COME AND DIE NAILED TO A CROSS JUST SO YOU COULD LIVE FOR EVER? WELL THAT IS THE FAVORITE TEXT OF MANY FOLK AND THEY JUST STOP AT THAT SCRIPTURE.
B) John 3:16 (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
EVERLASTING LIFE IS A GREAT MERCY OF GOD BUT GOD’S MERCY GOES FARTHER.
C) SOME MIGHT SUGGEST THAT THE SON OF GOD CAME THAT I MIGHT FORGIVENESS OF SINS AND GRACE WOULD PROTECT ME AND I CAN SIN ALL I WANT. LISTEN TO THE APOSTLE PAUL IN ROMANS 5:21 AND 6:1
D) Romans 5:21 (KJV)
21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Romans 6:1 (KJV)
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
E) Romans 6:2 (KJV)
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
JESUS DID’T COME SO THAT WE COULD SIN WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES
SO “WHY DID THE SON OF GOD COME”
NOTICE IF YOU PLEASE OUR LESSON TEXT:
Hebrews 2:14-18 (KJV)
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage
14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.
15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying..
Hebrews 2:14-18 (MSG)
14 Since the children are made of flesh and blood, it’s logical that the Savior took on flesh and blood in order to rescue them by his death. By embracing death, taking it into himself, he destroyed the Devil’s hold on death
15 and freed all who cower through life, scared to death of death.
16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
FOR SIMPLICITY SAKE, LET UNDERSTAND SOMETHINGS ABOUT LIVING LIFE.
A) WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT LIVING LIFE, WE NEED TO LOOK AT NOT SO MUCH OF WHAT WE BRING TO THE “TABLE” BUT WHO OWNS THE TABLE IN THIS WORLD.
- MANY FOLK BELIEVE THAT TALENT AND OPPORTUNITY IS ALL IT TAKES TO BE SUCCESSFUL “BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHO HAS THE POWER IN THIS WORLD TODAY AND WHO IS DOMINATED OR CONTROL BY THAT POWER.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
1 John 5:19 (NLT)
19 We know that we are children of God and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Ephesians 2:1-3 (NLT)
1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins.
2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.
3 All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else.
- 2. NOW YOU KNOW WHERE YOU STOOD WITHOUT THE SON OF GOD COMING INTO THIS WORLD THAT YOU MIGHT HAVE ETERNAL LIFE ,AND AN ABUNDANT LIFE.
- 3. WITHOUT CHRIST JESUS DEATH, BURIAL AND RESSURECTION WE WERE SLAVES OF THE DEVIL
- Ephesians 2:12 (NLT)
12 In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope.
FROM OUR LESSON TEXT WE SEE:
I. THE SON OF GOD CAME INTO THE WORLD TO DESTROY THE DEVILS WORK.
1 John 3:8 (NIV)
8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work
14 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death
- THE SON OF GOD CAME INTO THE WORLD TO FREE THOSE WHO WERE LIVE THEIR LIVES AS SLAVES THE FEAR OF DYING.
15 Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying
FLESH DRIVEN LIVES
A) Galatians 5:19-20 (NLT)
19 When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures,
20 idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,
NOW YOU KNOW WHY JESUS CHRIST DIED, WAS BURIED AND RAISE FROM THE DEAD THAT WE MAY HAVE HOPE IN THIS WORLD AND THE WORLD TO COME AND NOT LIVE OUR LIVES HERE UNDER THE DOMINATION OF SIN AND DEATH!
THE DEVIL IS A LIAR AND HE IS THE FATHER OF SIN, DEATH AND THE LIE.
NOW THAT YOU KNOW THE TRUTH DO YOU WANT TO BE SET FREE?