Hebrews 2:14-18 – “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 16 For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. 17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.”  NASB

The writer of Hebrews, speaking by inspiration of the Holy Spirit, pulled back the veil for us to see a truth of possibility and redemption.  He makes it clear that humans experience temptations and trials as depraved creatures.  He further illustrates that as a lost creature under the domain of darkness, man could not satisfy divine justice and needed one to come who was sinless and yet functioned as a man to be a sacrifice for sin.  Adam lost the purity of life in the Garden and, through sin, became a slave of the devil.  Through man’s disobedience, Satan gained a legal right to man as the god of this world.

There had to be one who could operate, live, feel, think, and experience the temptations and trials common to man and do so without sin.  No human could meet that requirement, so God chose the Incarnation of Jesus to come ‘as man’ and ‘for man’ to experience and be subject to all the temptations as we do.  Jesus came and satisfied the divine requirement of being without sin, qualifying Him as the ‘Lamb of God’ to atone for man’s sin.  He was made like us ‘in all things’ yet did not yield to temptation or sin.  As the LAST ADAM, he did what the FIRST ADAM could not do.

When Jesus died on the Cross, the Son of Man paid the price to repurchase us or redeem the race from the devil’s clutches and legal dominion.  That did not and does not mean that ‘all were or are saved.’ It means that the door is open for their salvation.  The debt has been paid, and divine justice has been satisfied. Through this incredible demonstration of unconditional love, the Door to Salvation has been opened for ‘whosoever will’ as per John 3:16.  If you have not received Him, today is the day of salvation, and now is the accepted time.  As the Holy Spirit brings conviction to your heart, repent, and believe!  He is still calling today!

May God be with you as you go through this day!

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