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Have We Distorted Scripture To Suit Ourselves?

Scripture warns us that false teachings will lead us astray… and often we won’t recognize it!

In reading Hebrews 2, many points jumped out at me goes on to extrapolate on the wonderment of salvation.  It warns believers to pay attention to what they have heard from the gospels so that they are not led astray by false teachings or turn their backs on the faith.  Through this scripture, it is difficult to ignore both the sacrifice that Jesus made so that we could spend an eternity in Heaven, and the love that our Father has for us.

Drifting Away Or Grounded In The Word?

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Hebrews 2:1-2 “(We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment) instructs believers to pay close attention to what they have heard. “

2 Timothy 4:3-4 “For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

2 Peter 3:15-17 says “Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul (who is thought to be the author of Hebrews) also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.  Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position.”

These scriptures warn us of punishment for disobedience.  It is difficult to continue to sin or be dissuaded by false doctrine when you are grounded in the truth of God’s Word. Knowing what scripture says allows us to refute what others say that is contrary to the Bible.  To ignore the revelation (when convicted/presented to you) found in scripture regarding sin is to be disobedient, and the wage is death.

We are told to be doers of the Word and not just hearers of it.  Nothing will change in our lives if we merely hear what God has to say- and do nothing. In order for scripture to become alive in our lives, we must place what we know into action.  Not to do so is additionally walking in disobedience.

It speaks to the authenticity of scripture.

Hebrews 2:3-4 says, “How shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.”

Paul is referencing the miracles found in Acts that testify to salvation found in Jesus.

Man Rules The Earth

Verses 5-8 discusses how salvation was not meant for the angels, but for the redemption of mankind.  “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them (for a little while) a little lower than the angels, you crowned them with glory and honor and put everything under their feet.  Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.”

This verse discusses the love that God has for man.  It plainly asks why God should pay attention to a creation that is disobedient and sins.  It points out God’s deep love and concern for man that He would redeem them back to Him with the ultimate sacrifice- His only Son.

It also speaks of the dominion and authority that we were given over everything on earth, and how Satan is subject to us.

Verse 9-10 goes on to state, “But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. (bringing to maturity the human experience necessary for Him to be perfectly equipped for His office as High Priest (AMP). In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.”

Scripture tells us that Jesus, for a time, was made lower than the angels.  He took on every sin that man was subjected to so that we may live and be reconciled to Christ.

 Verses 14-18 say, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. For this reason, he had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.”

Jesus came to earth.  He was fully man and fully God.  The fully man part of His nature allowed Him to experience humanity in the fullest.  It was by experiencing our sin, overcoming temptation (showing us the road to victory), and His ultimate sacrifice, that He was able to remove the power of death that Satan had over us regarding our sins.

There was no longer a death or separation between us and Christ.  Jesus was the sacrificial lamb.

By suffering and enduring temptation, He proved to us that there is a way out of every temptation- a victory for everything that we face as humans.

By taking on human form, He became the sacrifice.  By being fully God, He showed us that we can conquer the enemy if we embrace a godly character and submit ourselves to Him.

Jesus’ death and resurrection show us God’s deep love for us, and places emphasis on how important we were to God.  It reveals to us why Jesus was made fully human and fully man.

Hebrews 2 allows us to grow as a believer and instructs us to remain grounded in our faith. While some teachings may appear to be plausible, we must always test them against biblical principles otherwise we may be lead astray. It also discusses the sin that Jesus took on for our sakes, and draws us closer to Him in love. It asks, “who is man that you are mindful of him?” Who are we- with all of our sins and imperfections- that God loves us so much? It humbles us to note that even though we are undeserving of such great grace, we have a God who loves us beyond measure.

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