Jesus

  1. Hebrews 1 shows that Jesus is superior to prophets and to angels.  God had spoken fully through his Son but only partially and imperfectly through the prophets.  Jesus is superior to the angels because he is God's Son, while the angels are created spirits sent by God to minister to believers.  As God's Son, Jesus is his heir, co-creator, and co-ruler of the universe, exercising authority over creation and over his enemies.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 1, pg. 6. 
  2. Jesus and Incarnation: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God….And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1.1,14). In the Incarnation, Christ was fully God and fully man; that is, He existed as the perfect unity in one person of a divine and a human nature (John 1; Colossians 1). Jesus will forever remain one person with two distinct natures - neither commingling His natures nor becoming two persons. - From the section on Incarnation from Memorable Keys to Essential Christian D-O-C-T-R-I-N-E by Hank Hanegraff
  3. God had spoken through the prophets at many times and in various ways.  When God spoke through Jesus, he revealed the Son as Creator, Sustainer, and Redeemer.  Isaiah could not be compared to Jesus.  God had spoken bits and pieces of truth through Isaiah, but God revealed all his truth when he spoke through Jesus. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 1, I. Introduction, pg. 8. 
  4. One popular question that’s being thrown around in theological circles these days is, “What is the Gospel?” Well, whenever I’m asked that question, I always respond the same: “The Gospel is Jesus Christ.” 
    Now  what do I mean by that? Well, think of it this way: you can take Buddha out of Buddhism and still have the basic tenants of that religion. You can take Muhammad out of Islam, and you’d still have the same principles. But if you take Christ out of Christianity, there is nothing left because our faith is not in a system, but in a person.
    Christianity at its very heart is not a code; it’s not a cause; it’s not a creed; and it’s not a church. Christianity is Christ! It is the Gospel concerning Jesus. So when we’re asked that question, “What is the Gospel?”, we know our answer doesn’t consist of a list of rules or a philosophy on life. The Gospel is a person. 
    Stop trying to just live according to rules. Instead, live according to the life of Christ in you. Allow Him to determine your steps. And as you press into Him, He’ll transform the way you think, how you act, and will give you joy like you’ve never experienced!
    THE GOSPEL IS JESUS CHRIST – NOT A LIST OF RULES OR A PHILOSOPHY. BELIEVE IN HIM AND ALLOW HIM TO LIVE HIS LIFE THROUGH YOU. 
    - From the May 25, 2017 PowerPoint Today devotional reading by Dr. Jack Graham.
  5. Jesus is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his Body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself. - Patterson, Ben (2008-09-22). God's Prayer Book: The Power and Pleasure of Praying the Psalms (p. 87). Tyndale House Publishers - A. Kindle Edition. 
  6. Every time you choose to do good instead of sin, you are growing in the character of Christ.
    To understand this, you must first identify the character qualities of Jesus. One of the most concise descriptions of his character is the fruit of the Spirit: “When the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” - From the Day 26: Growing through Temptation devotional reading from The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  7. Our Advocates: Jesus and the Holy Spirit - These two are working together for us. Moreover, they are praying for us. We know that the Lord Jesus Christ is praying for us, because in Hebrews 7:25 it says, “Therefore, he [that is, Christ] is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” He is praying for us in heaven. We know that the Holy Spirit is praying for us and helping us to pray, because in Romans 8:26 we are told, “In the same way, the Spirit helps in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” - From the commentary on John 14:16-17 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  8. Jesus is Jacob’s Ladder:  Genesis 28:12And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.  Jacob learned, moreover, that there was such a place as heaven, and that heaven is not only an actual place; it is an accessible place. Centuries later, in talking to Nathanael, the Lord Jesus identified Himself as the ladder that Jacob saw. (John 1:50-51) He is the link between earth and heaven, for as God and man He bridges the immeasurable distance between Deity and humanity, heaven and earth. We can approach God and reach heaven only through Him. That night Jacob learned a truth centered in Christ. It was a saving truth.  - From commentaries on Genesis 28:12-15 from John Phillips Commentary Series (27 volumes) by John Phillips.
  9. Perhaps you’ve been lost without Jesus Christ because you’re relying on your religion to save you. But where you worship and the kind of church you attend won’t save you; Jesus will. Trust in Jesus, not religion, to save you and invite others to do the same! - From the August 3, 2015 PowerPoint Devotional by Dr. Jack Graham.
  10. Hebrews also emphasizes that Jesus is better than the angels (vv. 4-5).  The very name Son made Jesus superior to angels (vv4-5).  The angels worship Jesus (Luke 2:8-15) showed his majesty )vv. 6-7).  Jesus has a throne and loves righteousness (vv. 8-9).  He is eternal and unchanging (vv. 10-12).  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 1, I. Introduction, pg. 8. 
  11. The Superiority of Christ: (Hebrews 1:1 - 10:18)
      1)  Christ is greater than the angels
      2)  Christ is greater than Moses
      3)  Christ is greater than the Old Testament priesthood
      4)  The new covenant is greater than the old. 
    - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews, The Blueprint,  page 2218.
  12. Me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father” (Jn. 10:11, 17-18).b) Jesus was not a laborer who was hired to tend to the sheep; He is the owner of the sheep. Just as Jesse did not hire someone to shepherd his sheep but appointed his son David to the task, so God appointed His Son as Shepherd of His sheep. Jesus is not a hired shepherd, but by virtue of His Sonship and His equality with the Father, He shares in the ownership of the sheep. Unlike hired shepherds, David did not flee from the threat of lions or bears but was willing to lay down his life for the sheep. So was Jesus, which, of course, is exactly what He did.
    “But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep....I and my Father are one” (Jn. 10:12-13, 30).  - From the reading about Ecclesiastes 12:14 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  13. Christ is Superior - Explanation: Hebrews reveals Jesus' true identity as God.  Jesus is the ultimate authority.  He is greater than any angel.  He is the complete revelation of God.  Importance: Jesus alone can forgive your sin.  He has secured your forgiveness and salvation by his death on the cross.  You can find peace with God and real meaning for life by believing in Christ.  Don't accept any alternative to or substitute for him.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews, Megathemes,  page 2218.
  14. Jesus Christ links us with God.  Explanation - There is no other way to reach God.  Because Jesus Christ lived a sinless life, he is the perfect substitute to die for our sin.  He is our perfect representative with God.  Importance:  Jesus guarantees our access to God the Father.  He interceded for us so we can boldly come to the Father with our needs.  When we are weak, we can come confidently to God for forgiveness and ask for his help.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews, Megathemes,  page 2218.
  15. Sacrifice - Christ removed sin, which barred us from God's presence and fellowship.  But we must accept his sacrifice for us.  By believing in him we are no longer guilty, but cleansed and made whole.  His sacrifice clears the way for us to have eternal life. - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews, Megathemes,  page 2218.
  16. Maturity - Explanation - Though we are saved from sin when we believe in Christ, we are given the task of going on and growing in our faith.  Through our relationship with Christ we can live blameless lives, be set aside for his special use, and develop maturity.  Importance - The process of maturing in our faith takes time.  Daily commitment and service produce maturity.  When we are mature in our faith, we are not easily swayed or shaken by temptations or worldly concerns. - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews, Megathemes,  page 2218.
  17. Maturity - Explanation - Though we are saved from sin when we believe in Christ, we are given the task of going on and growing in our faith.  Through our relationship with Christ we can live blameless lives, be set aside for his special use, and develop maturity.  Importance - The process of maturing in our faith takes time.  Daily commitment and service produce maturity.  When we are mature in our faith, we are not easily swayed or shaken by temptations or worldly concerns.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews, Megathemes,  page 2218.
  18. “[God’s mighty power] Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church” (Ep. 1:20-22).
  19. Faith - Explanation - Faith is confident trust in God's greatest promises.  God's greatest promise is that we can be saved through Jesus.  Importance - If you trust in Jesus Christ for your complete salvation, he will transform you completely.  A life of obedience and complete trust is pleasing to God.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews, Megathemes,  page 2218.
  20. Endurance - Explanation:  Faith enables Christians to face trials.  Genuine faith includes the commitment to stay true to God when we are under fire.  Endurance builds character and leads to victory.  Importance:  You can have victory in your trials if you don't give up or turn your back on Christ.  Stay true to Christ and pray for endurance. - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews, Megathemes,  page 2218.
  21. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Ph. 2:9-10).
  22. Not only is Jesus the exact representation of God, but he is God himself - the very God who spoke in Old Testament times.  He is eternal; he worked with the father in creating the world (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16).  He is the full revelation of God.  You can have no clearer view of God than by looking at Christ.  Jesus Christ is the complete expression of God in a human body.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews 1:2, 3,  page 2219.
  23. Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, and there is no other. He is God’s appointed “light for the nations.” Every wisdom and philosophy and moral code outside Christ lies in the deepest, outermost darkness as to salvation. But to enter into the light of Christ is to have your gloom lifted and your confusion replaced with truth and delight. He is your breakthrough to seeing everything in a new light. And his God-appointed mission, to bring the light of God into our natural darkness, will succeed with worldwide impact. Jesus himself said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12). - From the reading from Isaiah 49:5-6 from Preaching the Word Commentary Series (40 vols) by R. Kent Hughes et al, Crossway publishers.
  24. Isaiah 11:1-3 - There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. And his delight shall be in the fear of the Lord.
    The Savior will be imminently qualified to establish God’s kingdom on earth, for He will be filled with all the fullness of God’s Spirit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, fully equipping Him to fulfill His task. Throughout history, other people had been endowed with God’s Spirit, including Isaiah. But in every case the person was a mere human being, therefore, the power of the Spirit was limited. But not so with the Savior. The Spirit of the Lord indwelt Him in all the fullness of God Himself (Col. 1:19; 2:9). He was able to fulfill the works of God with the full power of God. Jesus Christ began His preaching ministry by proclaiming that the fullness of God’s Spirit was upon Him (Lu. 4:18). In the present passage Isaiah says that six very special gifts of the Spirit will rest upon the Messiah:

    a. There will be the gift of
    wisdom (chokmah), which means to be skillful; to have good sense; to act wisely. It is practical wisdom, practical insight that enables a person to know what to do and how to do it. A person is able to act wisely, to carry out his project or task successfully.

    b. There will be the gift of
    understanding (biynah or binah), which means to have the ability to grasp facts or knowledge that lead to understanding. A person with understanding can discern between various possibilities. He has the ability to solve problems.

    c. There will be the gift of
    counsel (etsah), which means advice, purpose, or plan. The Savior Jesus Christ will be filled with the Spirit of Counsel, the ability to see into a situation and to devise plans to handle the situation. Jesus Christ would be able to deal with all situations no matter how complex. By being filled with the “Spirit of Counsel” the Messiah is able to empathize with the sufferings of all people and to counsel them about how to cope with and manage their sufferings (He. 4:15-16).

    d. There will be also the gift of
    might or power (gebuwrah or geburah), which means to possess strength; to act mightily with force or valor; to be strong and prevail; to take heroic action. By possessing the Spirit of Power the Savior Jesus Christ was able to accomplish every task He undertook and to gain the victory over every obstacle, opposition, and enemy.

    e. There will be the gift of
    knowledge (daath), which means to know and fully understand; to be deeply aware; to perceive with full comprehension. The idea is a deep knowledge, an embracing knowledge that fully comprehends. It is the kind of knowledge that takes hold of what is known, that experiences what is known. For example, the Savior Jesus Christ possessed the very knowledge of God Himself. His knowledge ran deep, embracing a full understanding of God. Thus the Savior possesses a full knowledge of every person, thing, and event, not only in the past and present but also in the future. The Spirit of Knowledge that rests upon Him is naturally the knowledge of God Himself. His knowledge is a great comfort to all believers, for He knows our every need. He can meet our need because of the Spirit of Power that He possesses.

    f. There will be the gift of fear, the
    fear of the Lord. The word fear (yirah) means to have a reverential awe or dread; to experience great apprehension or show profound reverence. The idea is that a person humbly walks before God in reverence, trust, obedience and worship. Note that the Savior will take great delight, great joy and rejoicing, in the fear of the Lord (v. 3). The idea is that He will totally yield Himself to the will of God. Carrying out the will of God will not be a burden to Him but, rather, a joy and a delight. - From the reading about Isaiah 11:2 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  25. Having elected us in love and become like us in a human form, Jesus died for us. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13). That is true, and the greatest example of it is the death of Jesus himself. Said Spurgeon, “That laying down of life in our Lord’s case was specially a proof of love, for he died voluntarily; there was no necessity upon him, as upon us, to die. Other men, if they died for us, would but pay the debt of nature a little before its time; but Jesus died who needed not to die, so far as he himself was concerned. He died also amid circumstances of pain, and shame, and desertion, which made that death peculiarly bitter. The death of the cross is to us the highest proof of our Savior’s infinite love of us. He must die the death of a felon, between two thieves, utterly friendless, the object of general ridicule; and this he must do as bearing our sins in his own body. All this makes us say, ‘Behold how he loved us!’ O beloved! can we doubt Christ’s love, since he laid down his life … ?” - From the commentary on John 15:8-11 in the section on Love in“God Glorified … In You" from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  26. [Jesus Christ] Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him” (1 Pe. 3:22).
  27. The believer should sense the presence of Jesus at all times (v. 3). His presence radiates a pleasing fragrance wherever He may be, and His name fills the air with a sweet aroma. As you trace the footsteps of Jesus through the Gospels, His fragrance still lingers…
    In the manger (Luke 2:1-20): the fragrance of the Holy Babe transformed a smelly barn and a feeding trough into a spot still remembered and adored by the world, especially during Christmas, celebrated every December.
    In the baptismal waters (Matthew 3:13-17): as a true believer you can sense the sweet aroma of Jesus when you obediently follow Jesus in baptism. Your spirit is eternally fragranced by your public confession and identification with the dear Savior in His death, burial, and glorious resurrection.
    In the wilderness of temptation (Matthew 4:1-11): when facing the enemy in the spiritual wilderness of temptation, you are not in uncharted territory. The smell of victory still lingers in the air from the Savior’s triumph over Satan at that barren battleground. You are not alone when spiritually attacked. If you will stop and take a deep breath, you will detect the sweet fragrance of Jesus, who is there to help you and lead you to victory.
    “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” (He. 2:18).
    “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (He. 4:14-16).
    At the wedding in Cana of Galilee (John 2:1-11): when you invite Jesus into your marriage, He will fill your heart and your home with the sweet fragrance of His presence.
    Along the shores of Galilee (Mark 1:16-20): Jesus still beckons all who will leave their nets, “Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
    At Jacob’s well (John 4:7-18): Jesus knows everything about you. He stands waiting, ready to receive you and to give you the water of life, that you may never thirst again.
    On the holy mount (Matthew 5-7): the powerful presence of Jesus still accompanies the words of the greatest sermon ever preached, in which He explained the transforming truths of genuine righteousness.
    In the raging storm (Mark 4:35-41): as the winds gust and the waves beat against the ship of your life, Jesus is on board, and He is not alarmed. He will protect you through the storms of life, and the wind and sea will obey Him when He speaks, “Peace, be still.”
    In the place of affliction (Mark 5; Matthew 15:21-31): the sweet fragrance of Jesus can be detected in the hospital room and around the sickbed. His presence is there to strengthen, cheer, and heal.
    In the cemetery (John 11:17-44): when you stand at the grave of a loved one, the soothing fragrance of Jesus overwhelms the stench of death. He weeps with you and reminds you that He is the resurrection and the life.
    At the Lord’s table (Matthew 26:26-29): the appealing aroma of the Savior’s sacrifice surrounds the symbolic elements of His broken body and shed blood.
    • In the Garden of Gethsemane (Matthew 26:36-42): when you struggle with the Father’s will, the strong presence of the Lord’s example will guide you and teach you to pray, “Thy will be done.”
    At Calvary (Matthew 27:33-56): when you take up the cross and follow Him, Jesus’ fragrance will fill your life.
    In the grave (Matthew 27:57-60): you need not fear death! The sweet aroma of Jesus saturates the tomb. He cleaned out the grave and made it a wonderful place for your body to rest while you await the resurrection. In His perfect timing, He will issue the command to “Come out of the grave,” and you will see the glory of God!
    Just the mention of Christ’s beautiful Name emits a delightful fragrance in our spirits. His glorious Name brings peace, comfort, and cheer. The Name of the church’s beloved Bridegroom is the greatest and noblest Name of all! Consider these verses about the Name of Jesus:
    “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Ac. 4:12).
    “To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins” (Ac. 10:43).
    “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Ro. 10:13).
    “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Ph. 2:9-10).
    “Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee” (He. 2:12).
    “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” (Is. 9:6). 
     
    - From the reading about Song of Solomon 1:3 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  28. Jesus is the heir of all things in that he will ultimately have control over all creation (Heb. 2:8).  God worked through his Son to make the universe of time and space (Col. 1:16).  The Son was God's intermediate agent in creation.  As the radiance of God's glory, the Son reflects God's spotless purity; he shined into human hearts (John 1:9).  As the exact representation of God's being, the Son has the divine substance of the Father.  This was a bold proclamation of Jesus' deity, Jesus is God.  God's creative word formed the world of time and space (Heb. 11:3).  The sustaining word of the Son maintains it.  As the sustainer of the world, the Son carries God's plan to its conclusion.  With Jesus in charge we know that the world will not fall into utter chaos.  God's plans will triumph.   - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 1 vv 2-3  p. 9. 
  29. Hebrews describes God's Son as someone present at the beginning (1:10) with a throne lasting for ever and ever (Heb. 1:8).  Clearly God's Son is eternal and not created, because if Jesus is created, he woudl not be eternal. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 1, VI. Deeper Discoveries D. Firstborn (v. 6), pg. 17. 
  30. The term Firstborn was used only to show the supreme position of the Son of God.  He was not the first of God's creations.  The Son of God and the Father stand in contrast with the created order.  The Son has created this order in the plan of the Father, but the Father and the Son have always existed.  They are uncreated.  The term firstborn shows the matchless superiority of God's Son. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 1, VI. Deeper Discoveries D. Firstborn (v. 6), pg. 17. 
  31. Colossians 1:18: " And he is head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy."  Paul identified the Son as the first to rise bodily from the grave, never to die again.  Christ's superior rank and authority compel us to worship and obey him.  Our response to him must be obedient, "My Lord and my God" (John 20:28). - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 1, VI. Deeper Discoveries D. Firstborn (v. 6), pg. 17.   
  32. The Messiah will come first as the God-Man (v. 6). Both His humanity and deity are predicted by the prophet. The words a child is born refer to the Messiah’s humanity. He will come to earth as a child, born through the conception of a woman. The words a son is given point to the deity of the Messiah. The child’s being given indicate that in some special way God Himself will send the child into the world. The words a son refer back to Isaiah 7:14, which indicates that Immanuel Himself—God with us—will come to earth as the Messiah. Of course, all of this points to the coming of God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—to earth (Jn. 3:16). The very thought of such a miraculous event staggers the human mind. Nevertheless, it was the clear prophecy of Isaiah, and the prediction was made some 700 years before Christ actually came. Yet come He did. And today we are actually looking back upon this historic event, this pivotal point of human history. On the night that Christ was born, the very angel who appeared to the shepherds seems to refer to these words spoken by Isaiah: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord” (Lu. 2:11). As Matthew Henry says:  "Christ’s being born and given to us is the great foundation of our hopes, and fountain of our joys, in times of greatest grief and fear.” - From the reading about Isaiah 9:6 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  33. Jesus is Creator of the world, Reflector of God's glory, Sustainer of God's plans, and our Redeemer in heaven.  God has spoken in totality through Jesus.  Jesus is better than the angels because he is the Son of God.  As the Son of God, he receives superior dignity and worship from angels.  He functions as a ruler and loves righteousness.  He is unchanging.  He has complete authority and power. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 1, VII. Teaching Outline, A. Introduction 2., pg. 18.   
  34. Our worship and praise of Jesus should produce obedience, faith, hope, and stamina.   From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 1, VII. Teaching Outline, A. Introduction 2., pg. 19.   
  35. When we begin to reflect on Jesus’ death we recognize that his death was exceptional if only because Jesus did not have to die. That is not true of us. We are mortal. We must die. But Jesus was immortal and therefore did not have to die. Indeed, he was life itself; for he said, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). He could have come into this world, performed a full and varied ministry, and then have returned to heaven without ever having experienced death. On the other hand, of us it is said, “Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment” (Heb. 9:27). What does this mean in terms of self-sacrifice? Merely this. If you or I were to give our lives for someone else, while that would undoubtedly be a great and heroic sacrifice, it would nevertheless at best be merely an anticipation of what must eventually come anyway. We would simply be dying a bit sooner than normally. The Lord did not need to die under any circumstances.  - From the commentary on John 15:12-14 in the section on Love in“Friend of Sinners" from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  36. Jesus' Authority is established over all of creation, so we dare not treat any created object or earthly resource as more important than he is. - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews 1, Note 10-12,  page 2220.
  37. God put Jesus in charge of everything, and Jesus revealed himself to us.  We do not yet see Jesus reining on earth, but we can picture him in his heavenly glory.  When we are confused by present events and anxious about the future, remember Jesus; true position and authority.  He is Lord of all, and one day he will rule on earth as he does now in heaven.  This truth can give stability to your decisions day by day. - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews 2, Note 2:8, 9,  page 2221.
  38. God's grace to us led Christ to his death.  Jesus did not come into this world to gain status or political power, but to suffer and die so that we can have eternal life ("bringing many sons to glory").  If it is difficult for us to identify with Christ's servant attitude, perhaps we need to evaluate our own motives.  Are we more interested in power or participation, domination or service, getting or giving. - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews 2, Note 2:9, 10,  page 2221.
  39. God has enthroned Jesus at his right hand.  Jesus' enthronement has begun a new world order over which he reigns.  In Jesus, Christians already taste the powers of the coming age (Heb. 6:5).  Jesus has already started this new age, but he has not completed it.  In time he will bring his people into enjoyment of the final blessings of salvation (Heb. 9:28).  Jesus is the central actor in God's new plan.  He is far superior to angels.  Even now he is God's messenger to us with a message of deliverance.  If we listen to him, it can make the difference between eternal misery and eternal blessedness. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 5  p. 26. 
  40. John 16:28  - I came from the Father and have come into the world, and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.” - Incarnation - The second part of verse 28 is an expression of the truth known as the incarnation, for Jesus said, “And [I] entered the world.” There are several interesting aspects to this sentence. First, Jesus speaks of having “come” and “entered” rather than of having been “sent.” It is true that Christ also was sent. Elsewhere he speaks of “the Father who sent me” (John 12:49). But this is not the point Jesus is emphasizing here. The point he is emphasizing is the voluntary nature of his incarnation. In other words, he did not have to be born. He was born because he wanted to be. This too is unique, because no one else can say that. - From the commentary on John 16:28  from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  41. The Messiah or Savior had to be born of a virgin, completely apart from a human father. If He had not been, He simply would have been another man. As a mere man, He would have needed a Savior as much as any other person. But since Jesus Christ was given birth by the Holy Spirit of God (the divine nature) through Mary (the human nature), He is the God-Man. His nature is perfect, the divine-human nature. Christ’s nature is totally different from the nature of any other created being. He is the Perfect Being, the sinless Person who has been raised from the dead (due to His sinless, holy nature) and given the perfect body. As the perfect, sinless Person, Jesus Christ stands before the human race as the Ideal Man. He is the Pattern of what all people should be. As the Ideal Man, He could pay the penalty for the sins of every person. His death would thereby become the Ideal Death and cover the penalty for everyone. Through His death, every person can be set free from the penalty of rebellion against God and become acceptable to God.  The words of Warren W. Wiersbe state it well.
    Of course, the ultimate fulfillment of this prophecy is in our Lord Jesus Christ, who is “God with us” (Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:31-35). The virgin birth of Christ is a key doctrine; for if Jesus Christ is not God come in sinless human flesh, then we have no Savior. Jesus had to be born of a virgin, apart from human generation, because He existed before his mother. He was not just born in this world; he came down from heaven into the world (John 3:13; 6:33; 41-42, 50-51, 58). Jesus was sent by the Father and therefore came into the world having a human mother but not a human father (4:34; 5:23-24, 30; 9:4). - From the Deeper Study #1"reading from Isaiah 7:10 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  42. Again, this is the critical importance of the virgin birth. If Jesus Christ had been mere man, He would have needed a Savior as much as any of us do. But since He was born of a virgin by the Spirit of God coming upon Mary, He is the God-Man. As the God-Man, he was able to live as a human being and to secure righteousness—a sinless perfection—for us. Because He kept His divine nature and entered the world through a virgin, He was able to live a sinless life and to die for us. Thereby, He is able to save us from our sins and make us acceptable to God.
  43. The term son of man referred to the ideal man.  Jesus frequently used this title to refer to himself (John 1:51).  Since Jesus was the ideal man, the Psalm 8:4-6 was fulfilled in him.  The use of the term son of man in reference to Jesus showed that he had true humanity.  What happened to him affected and helped all of human beings.  What human beings lost because of sin, Jesus has regained by his obedience.  We can experience God's fullness for us in Jesus' accomplishments.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 vv. 6-8  p. 26-27. 
  44. God's goal was to bring many sons to glory.  God wanted to bring lost, struggling humanity to sonship.  He also wanted believers to experience his glory (2 Cor. 4:17).  Jesus' death helped accomplish this goal of sonship and glory.  God's method was to make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.  Jesus was the originator, founder or trailblazer in securing salvation.  If Jesus had not broken a new trail, no one else would have succeeded.  Jesus' work was essential for God to make an offer of salvation to the world. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 10  p. 27. 
  45. By dying on the cross, Jesus experienced a perfection which resulted from having suffered.  This type of suffering differs from a perfection which comes from being ready to suffer.  By passing through the crucible of suffering, Jesus developed a perfection which qualified him fully to be a complete and effective savior.  He also demonstrated a perfect example of obedience to the Father's will.  He failed at no point in obeying God.  Jesus became perfect in that he learned sympathy through his own experience and practiced obedience without reservation. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 10  p. 28. 
  46. In saying that Jesus was made perfect, the author is not suggesting that Jesus was sinful (cf. 4:15; 7:26) but that as he lived his life, his maturity and experience deepened, yet always with full obedience to the Father. As a human being, he needed to live his life and obey God (which he did perfectly) to become the perfect sacrifice for sins. - From the Kindle Book  "ESV Study Bible" Study Notes, Hebrews 2:10, Study Note 2:10 at location 150373.
  47. Only thus was it possible for God to be both “just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26). This is the ultimate necessity indicated in those well-known verses in John’s Gospel. “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him” (3:14–17). These verses say that apart from the death of Christ and faith in him, the race is lost. Given the desire of God to save us, there was just no other option.- From commentary on John 19:30 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  48. Jesus had to become human ("flesh and blood") so that he could die and rise again, in order to destroy the devil's power over death (Romans 6:5-11).  Only then could Christ deliver those who had lived in constant fear of death, and free them to live for him.  When we belong to God, we need not fear death, because we know that death is only the doorway into eternal life (1 Cor. 15). - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews 2, Note 2:14,15,  page 2222.
  49. Christ's death and resurrection set us free from the fear of death because death has been defeated.  Every person must die, but death is not the end; instead, it is the doorway to a new life.  All who dread death should have the opportunity to know the hope that Christ's victory brings.  How can you share this truth to those close to you?  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews 2, Note 2:14,15,  page 2222.
  50. Christ can sanctify us because of his close connection with us.  Christ is of the human family.  He is fully one of us.  He identified with us so that he was our brother.  He has no shame in acknowledging us as his family.  Because Christ is a human being, he can help us grow in holiness. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 11  p. 28. 
  51. Why did the eternal Son of God become man? There are two main answers. First, he became man in order to be our Savior, in order to die in our place and thereby pay the penalty of our sins so that we might be saved from the penalty and power of sin for heaven. This is the point of that passage from Hebrews from which I quoted earlier. I quoted the verse, “I have come to do your will, O God” (Heb. 10:7). But that verse is prefaced by others that speak of the way in which the sacrifice of Christ perfected the ineffectual sacrifices of animals under the Jewish sacrificial system: “It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said, ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a body you prepared for me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased” (vv.4–6). The passage says further on, “He sets aside the first [sacrifice] to establish the second. And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (vv.9–10). - From the commentary on John 16:28  from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  52. In the incarnation at Bethlehem, Jesus became what he had not been before.  He had always been God.  He now also became a human being.  We can call him the God-man.  Jesus entered his incarnate life on earth by birth.  He departed this life by death.  He did not merely appear to be a human being.  He genuinely shared our humanity.  No one who merely seemed to be human or who resembled human beings could meet our needs.  Jesus was a real person.  He can meet all our needs. - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 14  p. 29. 
  53. Tthe message proclaimed by Isaiah offered wonderful hope for a glorious future. He declared that God was going to give a great light to the world, the light of the coming Messiah and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Moreover, all who walk in darkness and live in the land of the shadow of death will have the opportunity to see a great light. No longer will they be forced to live in darkness nor under the shadow of death, for a great light will come to the people.
    “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (Jn. 1:4).
    “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (Jn. 8:12).
    “Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth” (Jn. 12:35).
    “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness” (Jn. 12:46).
    “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Co. 4:6).
    “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light” (Ep. 5:14).
    “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 Jn. 1:5).
    “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Ps. 27:1). 
    - From the Deeper Study #1"reading from Isaiah 9:6-7 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  54. Why did Jesus die?  He died to destroy...the devil.  Jesus' death was not a defeat.  It was a triumph over sin and death.  Sin always causes death (Rom. 5:12).  Our sin, not his own, caused Jesus to die.  His death snatched away our sin and guilt.  Wait a minute you may say.  Satan is pretty active in me today.  How has he been destroyed?  Jesus triumphed over the devil at the cross (Col. 2:15), but we live in an interim period when we don't see the full effects of Jesus' death.   Satan is still hanging around as a roaring lion (1 Pet 5:8).  He still has limited power in this age (Eph 6:11); 1 Tim 3:7).  His future doom is sure (Rev. 20:10).  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 14  p. 29. 
  55. How did Satan hold the power of death?  This statement raises a problem because Scripture assert that God alone has charge of the issues of life and death )Luke 12:5).  Satan took the lead in introducing sin into the world by his successful temptation of Adam (Rom 5:12).  Satan has the "power of death" because he introduced sin which causes death.  Death is the fruit of sin (Rom. 5:21).  The death and resurrection of Christ has rendered powerless the one who was formerly the master of death.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 14  p. 29. 
  56. Jesus has destroyed our archenemy, but he has also liberated us from our chief fear.  Death still occurs.  We need no longer be afraid of it.  Like Satan, death has limited sovereignty.  Its presence will conclude at the return of Christ with the resurrection of believers (1 Cor. 15:54).  This hope sets us free from the nagging fear of death which can enslave us.  Death cannot separate God's people from the love of God (Rom. 8:35-39).  Satan no longer can use the fear of death to intimidate us or frighten us.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 15  p. 29. 
  57. Notice that Christ has not yet abolished death.  He has defeated the devil who has the power of death (Col. 2:15).  We still face natural death.  The removal of sin by the death of Jesus withdraws the sting of sin (1 Cor. 15:55-57).  One day Jesus will completely destroy death (1 Cor. 15:54).  For Christians the fear of death is already gone.  Whenever we describe Jesus' death as a victory (Heb 2:14), we point to his resurrection.  Jesus' resurrection is the cornerstone of the victory over the fear of death which we have as believers.  - From the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 15  p. 29-30. 
  58. Christ did not assume the nature of angels. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 16 at location 786.
  59. Knowing that Christ suffered pain and faced temptation helps us face our trials.  Jesus understands our struggles because he faced them as a human being.  We can trust Christ to help us survive suffering and overcome temptation.  When you face trials, go to Jesus for strength and patience.  He understands your needs and is able to help.  - From the Life Application Study Bible (NIV) Hebrews 2, Note 2:18,  page 2222.
  60. Because Jesus was a true human being and because he suffered, he can help us in our temptation.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 18 at location 803.
  61. Three important thoughts confront us here. First, Jesus suffered. He suffered as our Savior physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Second, this suffering became a source of temptation. The sufferings were so intense that Jesus could have decided that enduring them was not worth the pain which they inflicted. He never considered that, for he said, “Not as I will, but as you will” (Matt. 26:39). Third, enduring suffering allowed him to help us. His victory over temptation and sin allowed him to guide us through the dangerous rocks of temptation. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 18 at location 806.
  62. Jesus has great ability to help us. His ability is not based on his experience with sin. His ability is based on his experience of the temptation to sin. Only someone who is sinless can know this experience fully.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 18 at location 811.
  63. Jesus remained in the pool of temptation longer than any of us. He knew the pain more fully. He resisted to the end. He never sinned. His experience allows him to encourage us and lead us to victory as we face temptation. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 v. 18 at location 816.
  64. We must listen to Jesus because ignoring him leads to severe penalties, submitting to Jesus brings marvelous benefits, and his own suffering strengthens his ministry to sinners. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 Main Idea Review at location 819.
  65. The world desperately needs a Savior, someone who can bring peace and economic security to the world. Consider the hostility, conflict, pain, suffering, and all the other ills rampant in the world. Throughout history people have looked for a savior among their leaders, but they have always been sadly disappointed. No human being can bring true peace and prosperity to the world, for we are all unable to see into the future or control it, no matter how hard we try. Moreover, we are mortal and have only a few short years on earth. A savior who can bring lasting peace and economic security simply cannot be found among humankind. He must come from God.
    This is the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. God has demonstrated His grace to the world by sending His Son to bring peace to earth. Because of Him, there can be peace among people, peace between…• husband and wife
    • neighbors
    • employers and employees
    • church members
    • races
    • social classes
    • nations and governments
    Jesus Christ alone can bring peace and economic security to this world. He promises to richly bless all who trust in Him and to provide for all the necessities of life. In addition, He promises us full, purposeful, and victorious lives. He alone is the promised Messiah, the Savior of the world. Listen to what God’s Holy Word says:


    “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt. 6:33).
    “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (Jn. 14:27).
    “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Jn. 16:33).
    “The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)” (Ac. 10:36).
    “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ro. 5:1).
    “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Ro. 14:17).
    “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Ga. 5:22-23).
    “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us” (Ep. 2:14).
    “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Ph. 4:6-7).
     - From the “Thought 1” reading about Isaiah 22:20-25 in the Preacher’s Outline and Sermon Bible Old and New Testament Commentary Set (44-Volumes) - by Alpha-Omega Ministries, Publisher: Leadership Ministries Worldwide
  66. Why should we listen to the message about Jesus? We listen to Jesus because ignoring him causes serious consequences (vv. 1–4). When we neglect Jesus, we fall heir to severe penalties. We listen to Jesus because obeying him leads to marvelous benefits (vv. 5–9). In God's plan, Jesus tasted death for everyone. Those who obey Jesus receive the joy of having their sins taken away. We listen to Jesus because his own experience of suffering prepared him to strengthen us as we face temptation (vv. 10–18). Because Jesus has faced and overcome temptation, we can receive help from him as we face our own temptation. When we listen obediently to Jesus, we receive a great salvation. This salvation has the power to produce holiness and godliness instead of evil and self-centeredness. Commentator William Barclay in The Letter to the Hebrews has said, “The proof of real Christianity is still the fact that it can change the lives of men. The moral miracles of Christianity are still plain for all to see.” When we listen to Jesus in continuous faith, we can receive from him salvation and an experience of holy living. We must not consider any other alternative. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 Conclusion of Hebrews 2 at location 823.
  67. The words of our Lord teach that in the ultimate sense the truth that comes from God has been embodied in a person. No one would ever imagine this. To us truth is abstract and may be supposed always to remain abstract. We think of truth in terms of equations and figures and propositions. But God says that truth is personal. More than that, it is a person and this person is the Lord Jesus Christ. He himself said unequivocably, “I am the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). This is the answer to Plato’s quest. Plato had said, “It may be that some day there will come forth from God a Word who will reveal all mysteries and make everything plain.” That Word has now come. The Lord is that Word. He is the One who has come to reveal all mysteries and make everything plain to those who will come to him. -  From the commentary on John 18:37-38 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice
  68. PRINCIPLES: God has performed miracles to show the greatness of his salvation. We face fearful judgment if we ignore Jesus' salvation. In Jesus' death he endured death for everyone. Jesus' own experience of temptation equipped him to help the tempted. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 Principals of Hebrews 2 at location 834.
  69. APPLICATION: Pay careful attention to all that Jesus taught about how to come to God. Praise Jesus because he is Lord over all of God's creation. Live without fear of the future. Be grateful that Jesus' mercy allows him to encourage and help you. Be strong in Christ's power whenever you face temptation. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2 Applications of Hebrews 2 at location 839.
  70. Jesus is a life-transforming Savior. Jesus' salvation has pardoned murderous tempers and wicked practices. His salvation has provided freedom for people who have lived as slaves. His encouraging help has furnished strength to resist compromise and will-power to demonstrate stamina. To people grieved by their own failure and disobedience, he has offered mercy and acceptance. Since Jesus is himself a human being, we can come to him with the confidence that he will understand us and provide realistic support. The transformation of the lives of such biblical personalities as Jacob, Moses, David, Paul, Peter, and John promises hope and victory to us. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, IV. Life Applications: at location 858.
  71. In the present Jesus has come to begin the age of fulfillment. In his life, death, and resurrection he has done everything needed to redeem us. The signs, wonders and various miracles (2:4) provide evidence that Jesus has started the age of fulfillment. God has given us the Holy Spirit as “a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance”(Eph. 1:14). We can live the life of heaven, even though we dwell on earth (Eph. 2:6).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, Deeper Discoveries: at location 895.
  72. Although Jesus has begun the new age, he has not brought it to completion. That event will occur in the future. We are still looking for the city that is to come (Heb. 13:14). Jesus will bring in the end and hand “over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power”(1 Cor. 15:24).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, Deeper Discoveries: at location 899.
  73. In the future Christ will return to bring the final blessings of his salvation to his people (Titus 2:12–13). For the present time we can experience the powers of this coming age in our relationship to our living Lord. If we listen to Jesus now, we can enjoy these benefits.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, Deeper Discoveries: at location 902.
  74. Jesus applied the term son of man to himself eighty-four times in the Gospels, giving it a deeper meaning. Sometimes he used it to refer to the end times when he would come to earth to judge the unrighteous and rescue believers (Matt. 13:41). He also used it to describe his coming suffering, death, and resurrection (Mark 8:31) and to describe his ministry on earth (Luke 19:10). Jesus' usage in the Gospels showed a dependence on the Old Testament usage in Daniel 7:13, which Jews took as a reference to the Messiah.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, Deeper Discoveries: at location 909.
  75. Hebrews 2:10 presents Jesus as a pathfinder or pioneer of our salvation. It referred to someone who took action and then helped those for whom he acted to reach the intended goal. As a pioneer he has preceded us, cleared out a path leading to salvation, and is now leading believers along that path. We see Jesus in the role of an original settler in a wilderness who cleared out the land for additional inhabitants, invited others to join him, and assured that they would reach the destination. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, Deeper Discoveries: at location 927.
  76. Jesus was a true human being. Because Jesus faced temptation as a real human being, he is able to give help to us as we face trials, hardships, and difficulties. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, Deeper Discoveries: at location 939.
  77. Jesus was God Almighty and the King of kings, nevertheless stooped to be the friend of sinners. Is he your friend? If not, may I commend him to you? He is a King! He will demand your total allegiance and faithful service, perhaps even to death. But he does not demand of you what he was unwilling to undergo himself. He died for you, and he promises that no matter what you may go through for his sake and the sake of righteousness, he will go through it with you, thereby proving himself to be “a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” -  From the commentary on John 19:12-13 from the Boice Expositional Commentary by James Montgomery Boice
  78. The Law of Sacrifice: Jesus Became Like Us So We Could Be Like Him  - Hebrews 2:1–18 Jesus is the ultimate example of a leader who paid the price to get the job done. Consider how Christ practiced the Law of Sacrifice: 1. He was made lower than the angels, even though they worshiped Him (v. 9). 2. He tasted death for everyone, even though He is the immortal God (v. 9). 3. He suffered for us, even though He is the omnipotent Savior (v. 10). 4. He calls us brothers, even though He is the Creator of us all (vv. 11–13). 5. He shared our humanity, even though He is the unlimited, perfect Spirit (v. 14). Why did Jesus go through all this sacrifice? Verses 17 and 18 give the answer: 1. That He could be merciful to us in our humanity. 2. That He could empathize with our temptations. 3. That He could deliver us from our sufferings. - From the Kindle Book: "Maxwell Leadership Bible, Revised Edition" at location 64050.
  79. God had spoken in bits and pieces through the prophets, but he has spoken with full clarity through Jesus. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, Deeper Discoveries: at location 978.
  80. God had created angels to care for the needs of believers, but Jesus is God's Son, worthy of worship and ruling over God's creation. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, Deeper Discoveries: at location 979.
  81. Why should we listen to Jesus? First, we should listen to Jesus because the penalties for ignoring him are too severe (2:1–4).Jesus' followers had preached the great salvation which he had made available. God had verified their message with signs, wonders, and various miracles (Heb. 2:4).The listeners could expect only divine judgment if they drifted carelessly past the gospel message without responding to it. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, Deeper Discoveries: at location 981.
  82. Second, we should listen to Jesus because he has begun a new phase of God's plan by tasting death for everyone (2:5–9).Jesus became a man and completely followed the will of God. God's will included Jesus' dying for the sins of the world (2:9). Jesus willingly followed God's plan, and God has crowned him with glory and honor (2:7) and has put all creation under him.Jesus will experience exaltation more fully in the future. In the present we see the glory of his death, burial, and resurrection. We can experience God's plan when we follow Jesus. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, Deeper Discoveries: at location 984.
  83. Third, we should listen to Jesus because he is able to help us in temptation (2:10–18).Jesus has the same traits of humanity which we have. In his death he has broken Satan's power (2:14). The fact that he is a human being allows him to provide mercy and encouragement for wandering believers. Who other than Jesus is qualified to help us when we face temptation? His experience and his shared humanity give him superb qualifications. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 2, Deeper Discoveries: at location 988.
  84. “The man-made excitements in which we persist in immersing ourselves … are reduced to the insignificance they deserve whenever nature decides to show us who is really in charge around here.” Editorial in Ft. Worth Star-Telegram after the 1989 California earthquake. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1058.
  85. Proof that Jesus is the Son of God.At the beginning of Christ’s public ministry John the Baptist had identified the Lord as God’s Lamb. Although John was a prophet and therefore one to be believed and trusted, we might well want to ask if John is entirely sure of this identification. After all, Israel had waited for hundreds of years for her Messiah, and the waiting of the world for the One who was to crush the head of Satan was even longer. “Is he really the one?” we might ask. “Is this really the blameless Lamb who is to die for the sin of this world?” The issue is not allowed to stand in doubt, for as soon as John has baptized Jesus, the Holy Spirit in a visible form, like a dove, is seen to light upon him; and God’s voice is heard from heaven, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased” (Matt. 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22).- = From the commentary on John 18:37-38 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice
  86. Jesus is superior to Moses because Jesus served as a son over God's house while Moses was a servant in … God's house (Heb. 3:1–6).A son with authority is more significant than a servant without authority. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1069.
  87. Jesus was God's perfect revelation to us. He also represented the perfect picture of our response to God. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1123.
  88. God's role is exalted to show the greatness of the glory of Jesus. This God of such might and power appointed Jesus to the important office of apostle and high priest. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1145.
  89. All of God's fullness lives in Christ (Col. 1:19). For someone to turn from the full truth of God in Christ back to Judaism was open compromise. To turn from Christianity involved rejecting Christ. To reject Christ involved rejecting God. Even though Judaism has elements of spiritual truth, it was not God's final revelation. Only those who respond to God in Jesus have reached the final understanding of God's revelation. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 3,  at location 1263.
  90. First, Jesus was superior to Moses because Jesus served as a son over God's house while Moses was a servant in … God's house (Heb. 3:5–6).It is more important for us to follow a son who has authority over God's people than to follow a servant who operates among God's people. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1344.
  91. It is more important to follow Jesus than to listen to Moses or any other competitor for our loyalty.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1346.
  92. It is important for us to put Jesus first. He is more important than having fun, getting a promotion, making a million dollars, or completing any other personal goal. Nothing can compare with the joy of having him one day say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1357.
  93. Jesus was faithful to follow every task which the Father delegated to him. Jesus deserves more honor than any other competitor for our attention. Jesus' commandments and promises in Scripture provide direction for victorious living. Jesus provides his blessings only if we endure in our obedience, faithful to the end.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1361.
  94. Chapter 1 of Hebrews shows that Jesus was superior to both the Old Testament prophets and to angels. Chapter 2 begins by pointing out that we must listen to the message of Jesus because of his important role in God's plan. We must listen to Jesus because the penalties for ignoring him are too severe and because Jesus can help us as we face temptation. Chapter 3 emphasizes two facts about the superiority of Jesus. First, Jesus was superior to Moses (3:1–6). Both Jesus and Moses were faithful to God's plan. However, Jesus was superior to Moses because he was the builder of God's people and because he was a Son serving over God's people. Moses was only a servant working among God's people. Second, rejecting Jesus was more serious than rejecting Moses (3:7–19). God's people had failed under Moses because they did not listen to God's voice (3:7–11). They were also deceived by sin and needed encouragement (3:12–13). They needed to know that God expected them to endure in their commitment to Jesus Christ (3:14). They had hardened their hearts in unbelief, and they had reaped the consequences of their stubbornness (3:15–19). - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1543.
  95. Proof that Jesus is the Son of God. - On the Mount of Transfiguration, after Jesus had appeared in his glory with Moses and Elijah, the voice was heard again, declaring, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him” (Matt. 17:5; cf. Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35).  - From the commentary on John 18:37-38 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice
  96. Jesus is superior to any person whom we can follow. If we do not follow him, we reap serious consequences far worse than turning away from a human being. We must aim at nothing less than serving Jesus as Lord.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1554.
  97. Jesus is superior to Joshua because he leads us to rest, provides a diagnosis of our needs, and supplies abundant grace.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1646.
  98. Jesus is superior because he provides spiritual rest, but believers must claim God's promised rest.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 3,  at location 1650.
  99. First, Jesus is a great high priest. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1838.
  100. Jesus has gone through the heavens. This means that he had entered God's very presence.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1841.
  101. Jesus went far beyond all limits of time and space and reached into God's presence, where his work really mattered.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1842.
  102. Jesus is called the Son of God. This statement identifies the historical Jesus as our high priest. It also presents Jesus as one who perfectly combined humanity and divinity in his ministry for lost sinners. His human name was Jesus, but in reality he was the Son of God. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1844.
  103. Because Jesus is our high priest, we can hold firmly to the faith we profess. Holding to the faith requires some determination on our part. The greatness of Jesus as our High Priest provides us an incentive to make the commitment to draw near to him. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1846.
  104. Greatness, exaltation, humanity, and deity—all these traits of Christ encourage us to seek Jesus' help under testing. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1849.
  105. Christ was no stranger in helping struggling human beings. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1856.
  106. First, Jesus is able to sympathize with our weaknesses. Weaknesses is broad enough to include any form of human stumbling, bumbling, or failure. Christ has sympathy for the needy.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1857.
  107. There was much about him that the Disciples of Jesus  did not know or understand. They did not know the purpose of his ministry, nor did they understand the necessity of his death. But one thing they knew. They had never met anyone who could match the moral excellence of his personality or teaching. John called Christ “the righteous” (1 John 2:1). Peter, in those early sermons recorded in the Book of Acts, called him the “Holy One” (Acts 2:27) and “the Righteous One” (Acts 3:14). In his first epistle he says that Jesus was “without blemish or defect” (1 Peter 1:19). Matthew confessed him as “Immanuel … God with us” (Matt. 1:23). Thomas confessed Christ’s perfection by declaring him “My Lord and my God” (John 20:28). All these had rubbed shoulders with Jesus in the closest possible contact. They had done this for the better part of three years. They had seen him in good times and bad, facing the acclaim of the multitudes as well as enduring the insults and outrages of those who were opposed to his teaching. If anyone would have known of a weakness in Christ, these men would have known it. = From the commentary on John 18:37-38 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice
  108. Second, Christ has been tempted in every way, just as we are. This statement may mean that he faced the full range of temptations we face. It need not mean that he met each specific type of temptation which we face. A sample of the entire range of options for sinning fell on Jesus. Because Jesus never yielded to sin, we know that he faced more intense temptation. Most of us say “yes” to sin before Satan has thrown all his weapons of temptation at us. Jesus said “no” as Satan hurled every arrow in his quiver. He resisted until he broke the power of Satan (Heb. 2:14).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1859.
  109. Third, Christ was without sin. Jesus was completely a human being (Heb. 2:17), for he became like his brothers in every way. Must a person experience sin in order to be human? No! Jesus had no sin or deceit in his life (1 Pet. 2:22).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1864.
  110. Jesus could have chosen to sin by giving in to hunger, desire for acclaim, or lust for power (Matt. 4:1–11). The fact that he chose not to do this shows that he lived out the condition of sinlessness. He battled constantly with Satan's temptations and claimed victory in the struggle with temptation.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1867.
  111. If Jesus had sinned by surrendering to temptation, he would have needed an atonement. He would have been no better than the old priests who first had to offer sacrifice for their own sins (Heb. 7:27). He would have lacked the qualifications to secure redemption for us. Any sin in Jesus' life would have made his sacrifice unacceptable (1 Pet. 1:19).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1869.
  112. Jesus is superior to Joshua because he leads us to rest, diagnoses our needs, and supplies abundant grace and mercy.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1887.
  113. Jesus overcame sin. He faced the entire gamut of sinful temptation which comes to us. He faced hunger, desire for power, and an appeal to “show off” his powers. Each of these temptations (Matt. 4:1–11) provided an opportunity to compromise, but Jesus did not compromise. He faced the loneliness of the cross, the desertion of his disciples, and the opposition of his enemies (Matt. 26:36–46). He determined to follow only the will of God and never compromised his obedience to the Father's plan. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1933.
  114. Jesus is approachable, and Jesus is experienced. He experienced the temptation to sin, and he overcame it. Because we have a Savior like this, we can come to him for help, encouragement, mercy, and grace. The concluding words of chapter 4 remind us to trust the one with experience: Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need (Heb. 4:16).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 1937.
  115. In Jesus we have a great high priest whose understanding and grace far exceed the abilities of the earthly Joshua. Jesus has a position in the presence of the Father in heaven. He can feel and understand our weaknesses. He overcame a barrage of temptations without falling into sin. Our great high priest Jesus gives us strength which Joshua could never have given to his people.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 2000.
  116. Christ was exalted through the heavens to appear in God's presence.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 2027.
  117. Christ is constantly in the presence of the Father dealing only with our sins because he himself had no sin. With a helper like Jesus representing us in God's presence, we stand a chance of holding firmly to the faith we profess.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 2029.
  118. We find much comfort in being reminded that Jesus' experience of temptation matched our own. With an experienced Savior such as Jesus we are encouraged to come into his presence with boldness and confidence to claim the mercy and grace which we desperately need. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 2043.
  119. “While here on earth the Lord Jesus gave full proof of his deity. He spoke with divine wisdom, he acted in divine holiness. He exhibited divine power, and he displayed divine love. He read mens’ minds, moved mens’ hearts, and compelled mens’ wills. When he was pleased to exert his power all nature was subject to his bidding. A word from him and disease fled, a storm was stilled, the devil left him, the dead were raised to life. So truly was he God manifest in the flesh, he could say, ‘He that hath seen me, hath seen the Father.’
    “So, too, while he tabernacled among men the Lord Jesus gave full proof of his humanity—sinless humanity. He entered this world as a babe and was ‘wrapped in swaddling clothes’ (Luke 2:7). As a child, we are told, he ‘increased in wisdom and stature’ (Luke 2:52). As a boy we find him ‘asking questions’ (Luke 2:46). As a man he was ‘wearied’ in body (John 4:6). He was ‘an hungered’ (Matt. 4:2). He ‘slept’ (Mark 4:38). He ‘rejoiced’ (Luke 10:21). He ‘groaned’ (John 11:33). And here in our text he cried, ‘I thirst.’ That evidenced his humanity. God does not thirst. The angels do not. We shall not in glory—‘they shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more’ (Rev. 7:16). But we thirst now because we are human and living in a world of sorrow. And Christ thirsted because he was man—‘Wherefore, in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren’ (Heb. 2:17).” = From the section “Christ’s True Humanity" from the commentary on John 19:28 from the Boice Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice
  120. Christ is superior to Joshua because he offered a superior experience of grace and mercy (vv. 14–16). Christ has entered God's very presence. He has faced all the varieties of trials which believers experience. Jesus emerged victorious from everyone. We can enter God's presence and receive constant divine aid to meet our needs and to encourage our Christian walk.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 2069.
  121. Christ's ability to sympathize with sinners and his call from God qualify him to be our high priest.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 4,  at location 2233.
  122. The use of the name Christ instead of Jesus may emphasize that as Messiah, Jesus did not take the glory of the high priesthood on himself but received a divine call to the office (John 8:54).   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2237.
  123. Second, the priesthood of Christ differed from that of Aaron in that it was forever. Nothing about Christ's priesthood required improvement or change. It would last always.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2250.
  124. Although Jesus' role as Son was eternal, his function as high priest could not begin until his incarnation. Christ's priesthood served to reconcile sinners to a holy God.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2257.
  125. Jesus prayed to God, who was able deliver him out of death. Since Jesus did die, we find ourselves asking, “In what sense did God hear his prayers?” Scholars have supplied two answers to this question. Some say that God heard the prayers of his Son in that Jesus fully accepted the divine will and pursued it (Matt. 26:42). In this interpretation God delivered Jesus from the fear of death. Another possible interpretation is that his prayer was not to be spared from dying but to be delivered from the consequences of death. This deliverance from death occurred in the resurrection. Either interpretation offers a biblical solution to the problem.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2271.
  126. The fact that Jesus was heard because of his reverent submission may suggest that the Father heard Jesus' prayers because of his devotion to God's will. Because Jesus submitted himself to God's will, his prayer was heard in a far greater way than we would ever have imagined. God raised him from the dead in the glorious event of the resurrection and established him as Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2276.
  127. The fact that Jesus experienced the cup of death qualified him to sympathize with human beings all the better. In the wilderness temptations (Matt. 4:1–11), Jesus refused to appeal to angelic forces to rescue him. He saw the road of the Father's will and followed it without flinching. This caused him great suffering. It also enabled him to identify with the suffering of human beings. We have a merciful, sympathetic Savior. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2280.
  128. We turn to Jesus for the same reason. He has experienced our trials, overcome them, and has the compassion to help us. It is a great blessing to have him as our Savior.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2289.
  129. Jesus shared in God's omniscience, that is, the ability to know everything. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2295.
  130. Jesus used his attribute of omniscience only when it was the Father's will for him to do so.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2305.
  131. We should probably recognize that a divine mystery is involved in Jesus' learning obedience in Hebrews 5:8. It is difficult to understand why the divine Son would need to learn. It is understandable that one who was the God-man might grow in wisdom, understanding, and in a grasp of the importance of obedience. In a sense that we cannot fully comprehend, the incarnate son of God acquired knowledge through suffering that allowed him to learn the value of obedience.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2307.
  132. Jesus always possessed the attitude of obedience, but by practicing obedience he learned the value and importance of obeying. By making a response of obedience to his testing, he acquired the experimental knowledge of obedience. He learned what was involved in following obedience. Learning this trait equipped him to understand better the struggles and weaknesses of human beings. It added to Jesus' skills in showing sympathy with wandering sinners.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2311.
  133. This is the sole New Testament verse in which Jesus is the subject of the verb learn. Jesus came with a commitment to obey, but in obeying he learned a new level of experience in obedience.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2314.
  134. We cannot experience a hardship in which he fails to identify with us.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2317.
  135. 5:9. The fact that Jesus learned obedience perfected him. Jesus was perfect in that he possessed every qualification to be our High Priest. He also was perfect in that God glorified him with exaltation to his right hand.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2326.
  136. Made perfect (teleiotheis) describes perfection in the sense of completeness or fulfillment. Jesus was obedient to God's will in that he endured suffering and death. In doing this Jesus brought God's redemptive purposes to their fulfillment or completion. By enduring suffering Jesus attained the goal the Father had for him. This enabled him to become a perfectly equipped high priest.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2329.
  137. To say that Jesus was perfect does not suggest that he was imperfect before he suffered. During his human life Jesus' perfection endured severe testing. None of this testing blackened a single feature of his perfection. Jesus' perfection was the completion of someone who had faced trials, endured them, and learned to trust God through them. Jesus' perfection developed in an atmosphere in which he had his obedience tested and strengthened by the trials he faced.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2332.
  138. After passing victoriously through suffering, Jesus became the source of eternal salvation. This phrase carries a meaning similar to author of their salvation in 2:10. Jesus' salvation is eternal because Christ accomplished salvation through a sacrifice which was thorough, effective, permanently valid, and never to be repeated or superseded.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2336.
  139. God knew that we needed someone to show us the way to himself and to take us to him. What we needed was a high priest.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2419.
  140. Christ has all the qualifications to serve as our High Priest. God called him to the task by exalting him to his right hand in heaven. He put Jesus in enough places of suffering and hardship to develop in him an appreciation for the value of obedience. A High Priest like Jesus becomes the perfect source of God's salvation.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2423.
  141. Jesus lives to provide power, stamina, and discipline to his people.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2464.
  142. Our study of this chapter reminds us of Christ's position in God's plan and of his compassion for us. We will find his understanding a source of strength in applying God's grace to our lives. As we face suffering and trials, the knowledge of his obedience can carry us forward in commitment. As we learn more about Christ's ability to garnish our lives with mercy and grace, we can grow from spiritual infancy to maturity in Christ. We can develop a discernment between beliefs and practices which are good and those which are evil.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary" - Hebrews 5,  at location 2586.
  143. The blessing of the world was accomplished in the redemptive work of Christ on the cross.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, v. 6:15 at location 2853.
  144. We have a firm basis for our hope because Jesus finished his work on earth and continues that work in heaven as our High Priest, carrying us into God's very presence. He has gone before us as a forerunner and is the assurance of our admission into God's presence. His prayers for his people guard the church (Heb. 7:25) and give believers the hope of future glorification. Christians find a basis for hope in the completed and continuing work of Jesus. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6, v. 6:18-20 at location 2880.
  145. Jesus gives us entrance into God's very presence. Jesus prays for us. Jesus gives us fellowship with the Father. We can come to Jesus for mercy and grace to face life's needs. We all can use hope, day after day after day. Jesus is our only sure source of that hope.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 6,  at location 2950.
  146. “His once-completed self-offering is utterly acceptable.… His contact with the Father is immediate and unbroken; His priestly ministry on His people's behalf is never-ending, and therefore the salvation which He secures to them is absolute.” F. F. Bruce  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7,  at location 3116.
  147. For the storms of life, your deepest need is for the protection of a Savior who prays for you and loves you despite your sin and need. The Lord Jesus is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them (Heb. 7:25).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, at location 3147.
  148. We desperately need spiritual safety. In Jesus we have a High Priest who takes us into God's presence. Jesus himself provides holiness and purity. He persistently prays for us. His ministry to us is permanent. His character operating for us is without sin or blemish. We could not be in better hands than to be in the praying hands of Jesus. With Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we can live in real safety.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, at location 3149.
  149. In Jesus God has provided struggling sinners better access to him than Old Testament believers ever had.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7,  at location 3156.
  150. In Ephesians 2:14 Paul designated Christ as our peace. Hebrews shows the significance of peace in Christ's work. Jesus' work introduced positive blessing for lost, struggling human beings. As a priest, Jesus justifies all who trust in his atoning sacrifice (Rom. 3:26).   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7:2,  at location 3182.
  151. In his humanity Jesus Christ had a human mother and a human genealogy and birth. As the Son of God, he remains the same eternally, and his years will never end (Heb. 1:12).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7:3,  at location 3202.
  152. Hebrews will show that Jesus lived forever by his statements in 7:16,24. The Bible recorded that Christ died and rose again from the dead. He is now alive for eternity. The doctrine is made practical with the observations of 7:23–25.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7:16,23-25,  at location 3238.
  153. The greatness of Jesus' priesthood appeared in at least two features. First, Jesus was an eternal High Priest (7:8,16,24). Because Jesus was eternal, he always lived to pray for his people. Second, Jesus' high priestly ministry was effective not merely for earthly ordinances but also for heavenly realities. Jesus entered into heaven itself and carried on his work for us in God's presence (Heb. 9:24).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v 14, at location 3298.
  154. An eternal High Priest who can bring us to God! That is what we need. In Jesus that is what we have.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v 14, at location 3302.
  155. God's divine oath and Jesus' permanent priestly ministry and character provide a superior priesthood for believers today.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, vv 15-28, at location 3306.
  156. What Jesus is indicating in our text is that he is the source of the Spirit and that nothing can be done in the Christian life (indeed, one is not even a Christian) apart from the Spirit’s activity. - From the commentary from the section “ Conviction of Sin” from on John 20:22 from the Boices Expositional Commentary Series (27 Volumes) by James Montgomery Boice.
  157. 7:16. This verse gives two contrasts between the priesthood of Aaron's successors and that of Christ in the order of Melchizedek. First, Christ became a priest through his personal moral power. A legal requirement established the successors of Aaron. This legal requirement could not guarantee that the individuals were morally worthy of assuming the office. Many of them demonstrated no inward personal power toward holiness. This was not true of Jesus Christ. His life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension were a magnificent demonstration of vital power. No fleshly ordinance had established Christ as a priest, but he assumed the office due to his own personal power.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v 16, at location 3315.
  158. Jesus did experience death, but his resurrection presented him as indestructible. Jesus is able to continue his priestly ministry because of his resurrection and ascension into God's presence. Death could not restrain Jesus, nor did it destroy his priesthood. Jesus discharged his ministry for his people with a life which knew no destruction.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v 16, at location 3325.
  159. The fact that Psalm 110:4 was an oath provided a foundation for permanent security of Christ's priesthood. No oath from God will ever be revoked. We find nowhere a greater evidence of security. Jesus became the priest mentioned in Psalm 110:4 because he was the person described in Psalm 110:1. Jesus' own use of the psalm indicated his belief that it spoke of him (see Matt. 22:41–46).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v 17, at location 3332.
  160. Jesus' character, his sacrifice, and the power of his resurrection pledge the strength of the new covenant. This is the first appearance of the term covenant in Hebrews. The word will play an important role in the discussions in coming chapters. The covenant was an arrangement by which God's purpose to save human beings became a reality. This new covenant depended on the saving work of Christ to accomplish its purpose. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v. 22, at location 3363.
  161. The word guarantee appears nowhere else in the New Testament. Outside the New Testament it carried the meaning of a pledge or security for bail. Jesus himself provided a guarantee that God had provided a better covenant with a better hope.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v. 22, at location 3366.
  162. Because Jesus was a better High Priest, this new covenant introduced a better hope. Jesus' life provided strength for turning weak people into spiritual champions (see chapter 11). His death provided a basis for the acceptance by God of sinners into his family.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v. 22, at location 3371.
  163. Jesus holds his priesthood without change. Although Jesus has died, his priesthood has continued to function. Jesus' death was not his cessation of being. His resurrection allowed him to live forever. His permanence stands in contrast with the transience of other priests. With Jesus nothing has changed. He still holds his office of priesthood. For eternity he knows and helps his people. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, vv. 23-24, at location 3380.
  164. Hebrews 7:25 - Jesus has a permanent high priesthood. As High Priest he prays always for his people. He pleads the cause of his people. The result of this priestly prayer is the salvation of his people. Because Jesus lives forever, he is able to save forever.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v. 25, at location 3383.
  165. A high priest like this fits our condition. He has experienced the complete force of temptation, and he has yielded to none of it. He has the perfect fitness to represent us before God and to secure our acceptance with God.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v. 26, at location 3403.
  166. Since he was sinless, Christ did not need to offer any sacrifice for himself. He needed only to offer a single sacrifice once for all (Heb. 10:10). He offered himself for sinful human beings, and he needed to offer no repetition.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v. 27, at location 3407.
  167. Hebrews 7:26-28 Observe the description of the personal holiness of Christ. He is free from all habits or principles of sin, not having the least disposition to it in his nature. No sin dwells in him, not the least sinful inclination, though such dwells in the best of Christians. He is harmless, free from all actual transgression; he did no violence, nor was there any deceit in his mouth. He is undefiled. It is hard to keep ourselves pure, so as not to partake the guilt of other men's sins. But none need be dismayed who come to God in the name of his beloved Son. Let them be assured that he will deliver them in the time of trial and suffering, in the time of prosperity, in the hour of death, and in the day of judgment.   - From the Matthew Henry Commentary Concordance as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 7, vv. 26-28.
  168. The order of Melchizedek had as priest the Son, who has been made perfect forever. With a perfect High Priest like Jesus, Christians may approach God with confidence. Jesus' character guarantees our access.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v. 28, at location 3417.
  169. The idea is not that Jesus first became perfect and then became High Priest. Jesus' nature was perfect from the beginning. He came to earth as a perfect High Priest. His earthly life was an exhibition of the moral perfection he always possessed. It is true that his suffering developed in him an ability to understand our needs and to become an even more effective Savior (Heb. 2:10). His eternal perfection allowed him to meet the needs of sinful, wandering human beings.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, v. 28, at location 3419.
  170. In Jesus God provided struggling sinners better access to him than Old Testament believers ever had.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, at location 3424.
  171. Purity, permanence, and predominance! These three features make Jesus a perfect representative for stumbling sinners. We need someone of spotless character and superior position to represent us before God with stability. Thank God. We have this in Jesus.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, at location 3427.
  172. We glory in Jesus' ability to heal people who are morally sick and make them righteous. In Jesus we have a Savior who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens(Heb. 7:26).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, Conclusion, at location 3446.
  173. Purity, permanence, predominance! These are the traits which we have in Jesus. This is the kind of high priest God gives us in Jesus. This is the kind of representative who can bring us into God's presence. This is the type of high priest who can produce other holy people.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, Conclusion, at location 3448.
  174. In Jesus God has given us a great and powerful representative in his presence. The ministry of Old Testament priests did not produce godly people. Jesus' ministry for us is effective because it is permanent. Jesus' ministry for us is effective because Jesus has spotless character.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, Principals, at location 3452.
  175. Jesus is in the business of perfecting imperfect people. That's what his high priesthood is all about. Jesus' death has paid for all our sins. In God's presence he is praying for us. When we confess our failures and repent of our sin, God offers us forgiveness through Jesus. Confession, forgiveness, and repentance are processes through which God perfects imperfect people. The perfect sacrifice of Christ, his godly character, and his permanent prayers can take weak people and move them toward God. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, IV. Life Application, at location 3472.
  176. We have in Christ a Savior and High Priest who can take imperfect people and lead them to holiness. Christ prays for us. He offers forgiveness when we come to him with confession and repentance. He is eternally available to offer his encouragement and support. We have in Jesus a priest who can take us in our imperfections and make us what we should be.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, IV. Life Application, at location 3503.
  177. Jesus possessed an indestructible life (v. 16). He had an unending priesthood. He continually represented his people before God. Jesus has presented to God a perfect sacrifice for sins (v. 27). He brought to God a pure, spotless character. We could have no better representative before God.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VI. Deeper Discoveries, A. Eternal Priesthood (v. 3), at location 3518.
  178. With Jesus as our representative, we have a secure salvation. Jesus' prayers guarantee our growth, development, and complete salvation (v. 25). In Jesus we have a perfect representative before God, who without interruption serves as our representative and helper.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VI. Deeper Discoveries, A. Eternal Priesthood (v. 3), at location 3521.
  179. Jesus himself was the guarantee that God would honor that covenant. The greatness of Jesus' person, the purity of his character, the thoroughness of his sacrifice, the power of his resurrection, and the superiority of his priestly work provided solid assurance that God would completely save sinners. The old covenant had Moses to serve as a mediator (Gal. 3:19), but it had no one to guarantee a fulfillment for sinners. Jesus became that guarantee. The new covenant offered a better hope, and because of Jesus it had a better High Priest.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VI. Deeper Discoveries, H. Guarantee (v. 22), at location 3590.
  180. Christ's ministry of intercession for his people is an outgrowth of the effectiveness of his earthly ministry. It also is an indication of his present activity for believers. In Luke 22:32 Jesus came to Simon Peter to say, “I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail.” Those words provide a sample of Jesus' prayers for believers during his time on earth. I believe that they also help us to understand how Jesus prays for us today. Jesus' prayers for Peter helped him endure the failure of denying Jesus and find usefulness as a leader in the early church. We have this same resource available for us today in Jesus' prayers for us.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VI. Deeper Discoveries, J. Jesus' Intercession (v. 25), at location 3614.
  181. As Christ prays for believers in heaven today, he presents himself on behalf of believers who have approached God through him. With such an introduction to God as this, believers will not fail to receive God's grace and help in their times of need. They will remain eternally safe in God's strong hands. Christ's intercession for us gives us secure hope.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VI. Deeper Discoveries, J. Jesus' Intercession (v. 25), at location 3619.
  182. Chapter 7 explains the typological meaning of Melchizedek's priesthood and shows how Christ has become our High Priest to bring us triumphantly into God's presence. Because Jesus exercises a constant ministry of prayer for us, we have hope, encouragement, and the assurance of reaching God.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VII. Teaching Outline, A. Introduction, at location 3627.
  183. With Jesus as our High Priest, we have a strong, effective representative in God's presence. He is praying for us. He is pure and spotless in his character. He can pray for us in our weakness. He can pick us up when we stumble. We can always have access to his strength. As believers we find ourselves constantly safe in Jesus' praying hands.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 7, VII. Teaching Outline, A. Introduction, at location 3640.
  184. Christ's ministry for believers in heaven does not consist of his offering his sacrifice for sin. He has already completed that (see John 19:30). His sacrificial ministry reached completion when he offered himself on the cross. The present ministry of Christ is to pray for his people before God.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, v.2, at location 3759.
  185. Christ has established a new agreement which promises inner power, personal knowledge, and forgiveness of sins.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, vv. 7-13, at location 3801.
  186. Principals - Jesus serves as our High Priest in God's presence. Jesus offered an effective sacrifice for our sins. God has given us the Holy Spirit to enable us to obey his laws. God has given us the privilege of knowing him and calling him our Father. Through Jesus we have our sins forgiven.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 8, Principals at location 3890. 
  187. Jesus offered a remedy for sin which cleansed the conscience, offered forgiveness, and never needed repetition.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, vv. 11-28, at location 4101. 
  188. Jesus had given himself.  The blood of Jesus our High Priest was far more precious than the blood of animals.  He was a once for all offering that never needed repeating.  Christ's offering required no daily or even annual repetition.  A single offering was eternally effective. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, vv. 12, at location 4117. 
  189. ll of Jesus' work for our salvation occurred at the cross, not subsequent to it. - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, vv. 12, at location 4117. 
  190. Three features made Christ's cleansing effective.  First, Christ made the offering through the eternal Spirit.  This is probably not a reference to the Holy Spirit, but to Christ's own spirit.  Christ made an inner spiritual response in which he offered himself.  His response was not merely outward but inward and eternal.  The Holy Spirit energized this response.  Second, Christ offered himself.  Christ's offering was voluntary, and it represented an intelligent act of spiritual obedience to God.  Third, Christ offered his unblemished character to God.  Jesus responded in perfect moral purity.  The sacrifice was of infinite value.  This offering produced a cleansed conscience among those who commit themselves to Christ.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, vv. 14, at location 4133. 
  191. Christ now appears for us in God's presence.  He has constant access to God.  Christ represents us, prays for us, and accomplishes what we could never do (Heb. 7:25).  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, vv. 24, at location 4184. 
  192. Hebrews 9: Jesus' death touched the conscience (vv. 11-14).  The holy influence of his death developed in his people a desire to serve the living God.  Jesus' death also brought permanent forgiveness (vv. 15-22). Jesus' death was permanently effective (vv.23-28).  It required no repetition.  The single offering of his life removed the sins of all who trust in him.  Jesus gives us permanent forgiveness for which cleanses our conscience.  God's grace richly blesses us.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 9, III. Conclusion, at location 4221. 
  193. Hebrews 10:7: When Christ came, he willingly committed his life to the plan of God.  Doing God's will was his supreme goal.  Hebrews 10:8-9: Christ came to give perfect obedience to the divine will.  In doing so, he abolished the first covenant to establish the second or new covenant. Verse 10:10 - The only complete fulfillment of the will of God appeared in Christ's perfect obedience.  Because we who have trusted Christ are identified with him, we have also fulfilled the will of God.  God received us on the basis of Jesus' complete fulfillment of God's will.  Once for all showed the finality of the transaction.  In Christ believers receive complete cleansing of their sin.  They are equipped to enter God's presence.  They can offer acceptable worship to him.  They are accepted! - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, 2. Permanent Based on Obedience (vv 5-10), at location 4447. 
  194. Hebrews 10:12: Two features showed the conclusive nature of Christ's sacrifice.  First, Christ had offered only a single sacrifice, and this single sacrifice did the job (v.10).  Second, Jesus' job as sacrificial lamb was finished.  When Jesus exclaimed, "It is finished" (John 19:30), he really meant it.  His enthronement at the right hand of God showed the completion of the task.  His seat at God's right hand showed that God had exalted him to the position of highest glory.  In Jesus, believers have access to unlimited grace and power.   - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 10, 3. Permanent Because It Secured Forgiveness (vv. 11-18) Verse 10:11, at location 4463. 
  195. From the readiness and willingness that Christ discovered to engage in this work, when no other sacrifice would be accepted, 7-9. When no less sacrifice would be a proper satisfaction to the justice of God than that of Christ himself, then Christ voluntarily came into it: "Lo, I come! I delight to do thy will, O God! Let thy curse fall upon me, but let these go their way. Father, I delight to fulfil thy counsels, and my covenant with thee for them; I delight to perform all thy promises, to fulfil all the prophecies." This should endear Christ and our Bibles to us, that in Christ we have the fulfilling of the scriptures. - From the Matthew Henry Commentary as provided in The Sword Software program for the Mac  - in the Book of Hebrews, Chapter 10, vv. 7-9.
  196. Hebrews 13:8 - Christ work of yesterday was to suffer for our sins on the cross.  His work of today is to serve as our High Priest (Heb 4:14-16; 7:25).  His future work is to return and conclude God's saving purposes (Heb. 9:28).  Jesus never needs to be replaced, and his work needs nothing added to maintain its perfection.  - From the Kindle Book "the Holman New Testament Commentary - Hebrews 13:5, To the Family, at location 5705.
  197. The nation was founded and nurtured by God to bring the Man into the world. In Jesus, God Himself became a man to provide the means for the redemption of mankind. Jesus also gives humanity a concrete, definite, tangible idea of what kind of person to think of when we think of God: God is like Jesus. Jesus was God incarnate, God in human form. - From the book's section:The Heart of the Bible:  2: Christ is the Heart and Center of the Bible,  from "Halley's Bible Handbook, Classic Edition by Henry Halley.
  198. Jesus the Christ (the Messiah) lived the most memorable, beautiful life ever known. He was born of a virgin and led a sinless life. As a man, Jesus was the kindest, tenderest, gentlest, most patient, most sympathetic man who ever lived. He loved people. He hated to see people in trouble. He loved to forgive. He loved to help. He did marvelous miracles to feed hungry people. For relief of the suffering He forgot to take food for Himself. Multitudes, weary, pain-ridden, and heartsick, came to Him and found healing and relief. It is said of Him, and of no other, that if all the deeds of kindness that He did were written down, the world could not contain the books. That is the kind of man Jesus was. That is the kind of person God is. - From the book's section:The Heart of the Bible:  2: Christ is the Heart and Center of the Bible,  from "Halley's Bible Handbook, Classic Edition by Henry Halley.
  199. "Jesus" is the Greek equivalent of the Hebrew Joshua, meaning "Yahweh is salvation.”
  200. God provided the solution - a way to deliver man from his wretched state.  Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15 that God provided another Adam.  The Son of God became a man - a perfect Man - yet still our relation.  He is called "the last Adam" (1 Corinthians 15:45) because he took the place of the first Adam.  He became the new head and, because He was sinless, was able to pay the penalty for sin:  " For since by [a] man came death, by [a]a Man also came the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).  - From page 67-68 of "The New Answers Book 1" by Ken Ham.
  201. Jesus - Proverbs 17:17 - A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.  We see the Son of God taking on our nature so that he might be our friend and brother (Hebrews 2:14). The mystery of this friendship is beyond our imagination. His love is constant, even in death. "Here is a brother born for adversity. Trust him, oh, you trembling believers at all times and in all places. You will then possess the happy art of living beyond the reach of all disappointment" (Howell). "Though solitary and unsupported and oppressed by sorrows unknown and undivided, I am not without joyful expectations. There is one Friend who loves at all times:a Brother born for adversity; the help of the helpless; the hope of the hopeless; the strength of the weak; the riches of the poor; the peace of the disquieted; the companion of the desolate; the friend of the friendless. To him alone will I call, and he will raise me above my fears" (Hawks).  - From Crossway Classic Commentary - Proverbs by Charles Bridges
  202. Christ possesses the Attributes of Deity
    1. Eternity (John 8:58; 15:5; Isa. 9:6; Mic. 5:2)
    2. Omnipresence (Matthew 18:20; 28:20; John 3:13; 1:50)
    3. Omniscience (Matt. 16:21; Luke 6:8; John 2:24, 25; 6:64; 21:17)
    4. Omnipotence (Matt. 28:18; Mark 5:11-15; Phil. 3:21)
    5. Immutability (Heb. 1:10-12; 13:8)
    6. All attributes of deity belong to Christ (Col. 2:9)
  203. Christ Performs the Work of Deity
    1. Creation (John 1:3,10; Col.1:16; Heb. 1:2)Preservation (Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3)
    2. Preservation (Col. 1:17; Heb. 1:3)
    3. Forgiveness of Sins (Mark 2:1-12; Luke 5:24; Col.3:13)
    4. Power to raise the dead (John 5:21; 11:43)
    5. Judgement of the world (John 5:22,27; 2 Cor. 5:10)
  204. Christ Accepted the Worship Due Deity
    1. John 5:23
    2. Luke 24:52
  205. Christ is Given the Titles of Deity
    1. Son of God (Matt. 26:63-64; Mark 1:1; John 10:36)
    2. Son of man (Dan. 7:13; Mark 2:10)
    3. YHWH (Luke 1:76 [compare Mal. 3:1]; Rom 10:13 [compare Joel 2:32])
    4. God (John 1:1, 18; 20:28; Heb. 1:8)
  206. Jesus Claimed to be God
    1. By claiming to be YHWH (Luke 1:76)
    2. By accepting worship (Matt. 28; John 9)
    3. By identifying himself with God in context of monotheism (John 10:30; 17:5)
    4. By explicit claims (John 8:58)
    5. By claiming to do what only God can do (John 5:19-27; Matthew 12:5-8)
    6. By accepting the titles of deity (John 20:28; Matthew 16:16)
  207. The Apostles Claim the Jesus is God
    1. Apostolic assertions for Christ's deity can be found in John 1:1; Colossians 1:19; 2:9; Hebrews 1:8, and Titus 2:13.
  208. Messianic Proof of Christ's Deity
    1. The Old Testament says "Messiah is God."
    2. Isaiah 7:14: Immanuel
    3. Isaiah 9:6: Mighty God
    4. Isaiah 40:10: LORD God
    5. Daniel 7:13-28: Ancient of Days
    6. Micah 5:2: From Evelasting
    7. Zechariah 12:10: YHWH
    8. Zechariah 14:16: Lord of Hosts (or LORD Almighty)
    9. Psalm 45:6: God (Heb. 1:8)
    10. Psalm 110:1: LORD - (Matt.22)
    11. Psalm 118:22: Stone (Used 4 times in the New Testament)
  209. Jesus is Messiah
    1. Matthew 16:16-17,20
    2. Mark 8:29
    3. Luke 9:20
    4. Jesus alone fulfills all the prophecies
    5. Therefore Jesus is God
  210. It is Finished (John 19:30) - What was finished was the atonement by which the righteous demands of God for sin’s punishment had been fully satisfied and the righteousness of God was now able to be freely offered to all who would believe on Jesus. This is an aspect of the atonement that has always figured prominently in Protestant presentations of the meaning of the death of Christ. The Roman Catholic Church (and many unsound Protestant churches, too) maintains that the death of Christ does not relieve the believer from making satisfaction for sins which he or she has committed. More precisely, it distinguishes between sins committed before and after baptism, and between temporal and eternal punishment for those sins. So far as sins committed before baptism are concerned, both the temporal and eternal punishments are blotted out through the application of Christ’s death to the individual through baptism. So far as sins committed after baptism are concerned, eternal punishment is blotted out. But the temporal punishments require the making of satisfaction by the individual himself either in this life (through a faithful use of the sacraments and by living a meritorious life) or else in purgatory. Although this system of salvation allows the greater part of the work to be God’s and even acknowledges that the faith and merit of the believer are attained by the prevenient grace of God, it nevertheless requires the believer to contribute to his own salvation in some measure. More must be added. The importance of the Mass, in which the sacrifice of Christ is constantly reenacted, is evidence of this outlook.  But this is not right. Consequently, Protestant thought has always contended rightly that “the satisfaction of Christ is the only satisfaction for sin and is so perfect and final that it leaves no penal liability for any sin of the believer.” - Excerpt from section “It is Finsihed” Psalm 22:30 from Boice Expositional Commentary Series (Psalms (3 volume set).
  211. The mystery of Christ's incarnation is to be adored, not pried into. If we know not the way of the Spirit in the formation of common persons, nor how the bones are formed in the womb of any one that is with child (Eccles. 11:5), much less do we know how the blessed Jesus was formed in the womb of the blessed virgin.  - From Matthew 1:18-25 commentary from Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary.
  212. Obviously Jesus 'conception by the Holy Spirit is a great mystery. Even had He wanted to do so, how could God have explained to us, in terms we could comprehend, how such a blending of the divine and human could have been accomplished? We could no more fathom such a thing than we can fathom God's creating the universe from nothing, His being one God in three Persons, or His giving an entirely new spiritual nature to those who trust in His Son. Understanding of such things will have to await heaven, when we see our Lord "face to face" and "know fully just as [we] have been fully known" (1 Cor. 13:12). We accept it by faith. - Excerpt from MacArthur’s New Testament Commentary on Matthew 1:18 by John MacArthur.
  213. Joseph did not beget Jesus as Jacob, his father, begot him; Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit. But what must be explained, from Matthew's point of view, is not how something so extraordinary could come to pass but how Jesus, who had no physical, human father, could be the son of David. The object of 1:18- 25 is not to prove that Jesus was born of a virgin. The virginal conception is something that is taken for granted by Matthew and dealt with as a problem for Jesus 'lineage that is surmounted only by direct angelic intervention. If one looks for the aim of a unit from what is stressed at its conclusion, one finds that the emphasis falls not on the birth of the son but on the naming of the son by Joseph (1:25) in obedience to the instructions of the angel (1:21).  
    This section reveals how Jesus, who was not the biological son of Joseph because he was conceived by the Holy Spirit, became Joseph's legal son and was grafted into David's line. The object then is not to spotlight the virginal conception so much as to narrate how Jesus is the son of David in spite of the virginal conception.
     - Excerpt from commentary reading of Matthew 1:1-25 in "Reading the New Testament Series" by Charles H. Talbert.
  214. Jesus - His royal station as the messiah of the people is certified by his adoption by Joseph, his mother's husband. The section ends with Joseph naming the child as the angel commanded (1:21, 25). It is the acknowledgment of a child by the father that officially makes the child his son (often cited is Mishna Baba Batra 8:6:"If a man said, 'This is my son,' he may be believed"). Jesus, born of the virgin Mary, is thereby grafted into the Davidic line through Joseph's juridical recognition of him as his own son (see 13:55). - Excerpt from commentary reading of Matthew 1:1-25 in "Reading the New Testament Series" by Charles H. Talbert.
  215. Jesus 'conception by the Holy Spirit affirms his divine sonship, which certifies the presence of God with the people. It makes clear that the salvation that is offered in Jesus does not come from human potentiality. The progress of salvation history revealed in the genealogy does not hinge on human procreation. It comes from the creative power of God's Spirit alone. This account furnishes the answer to the question that stumps the Pharisees in 21:45- 46:how is it that Jesus is David's Lord and David's son?  - Excerpt from commentary reading of Matthew 1:1-25 in "Reading the New Testament Series" by Charles H. Talbert.