Friday, September 27, 2013

Flames of fire (Hebrews 2) (Hebrews 1:7, Hebrews 2:1-8)

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Hebrews 1:7 

In speaking of the angels he says,
“He makes his angels spirits,
and his servants flames of fire.”
We are compared to the angels.  We are a little lower than them.  His angels are spirits and his servants are flames of fire.  This reminds me why people get so annoyed when they see a Bible.  A spark pops out; they aren't comfortable.  Can't you see people opening Bibles and little sparks shooting out?  When God's spirit is in us, other people feel uncomfortable.  Sometimes we make them realize changes need to be made without saying anything. When I heard my Pastor speak in the beginning, I always felt guilty.  Because the truth hurts.  In the beginning I was a big mess : )  Trust me, if God has time for me, He'll take anyone.

Hebrews 2

1 It's crucial that we keep a firm grip on what we've heard so that we don't drift off. 2 If the old message delivered by the angels was valid and nobody got away with anything, 3 do you think we can risk neglecting this latest message, this magnificent salvation? First of all, it was delivered in person by the Master, then accurately passed on to us by those who heard it from him. 4 All the while God was validating it with gifts through the Holy Spirit, all sorts of signs and miracles, as he saw fit.
(Hebrews 2:1-4 Message)

To me, this means sliding back into the old ways and forgetting the Lord.  When I drift off I don't feel as joyful.  Especially in times like this, where we are facing so many troubles in the world.  Our strongest tool is prayer to God.

5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying:
“What is man that You are mindful of him,
Or the son of man that You take care of him?

7 You have made him a little lower than the angels;
You have crowned him with glory and honor,
And set him over the works of Your hands."

This is a great mystery.  God created man in His image.  We were never intended to be greater than the angels.  Yet in His great love for us, God actually took on the form of a man, "Jesus."   And then allowed man to do the unthinkable- to use His body as the sacrifice for our sin.  I don't even want to get shots at the doctor, but God's love is so divine and pure for us, He endured the painful execution of a cross.  Our salvation was finalized, sealed in God's blood.  It's up to us to accept His gift, it's free to anyone who will.

8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.

We're still learning about all of Jesus' authority.  I doubt we can grasp all that is in the Heavens.  In the end, we will see it all.
(Hebrews 2:5-8 NKJV)

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