A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus
“I Surrender”, Hillsong. Beautiful!
“Warning to Pay Attention”, Acts 2:1) Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2) For if the Word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3) How shall we escape, if we neglect so great Salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him; 4) God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to His Own Will?
Matthew Henry’s Concise Bible Commentary – v1-4, Our minds and memories are like a leaky vessel; they do not, without much care, retain what is poured into them. This proceeds from the corruption of our nature, temptations, worldly cares, and pleasures. Sinning against the Gospel is neglect of this great Salvation; it is a contempt of the saving Grace of God in Christ; making light of it, not caring for it, not regarding either the worth of Gospel Grace, or our lack of it, and our undone state without it. The setting forth of the Gospel was continued and confirmed by those who heard Christ: by the Evangelists and Apostles, who were witnesses of what Jesus Christ began both to do and to teach; and by the gifts of the Holy Ghost, qualified for the work to which they were called. Let us attend to the Holy Scriptures, written by those who heard the Words of our gracious Lord, and were inspired by the Spirit.
“Jesus Made Like His Brothers”, Acts 2:5) For unto the angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. 6) But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the Son of Man, that Thou visitest Him? Psalm 8:4. 7) Thou madest Him a little lower than the angels; Thou crownedst Him with glory and honour, and didst set Him over the works of Thy hands: 8) Thou hast 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 see not yet all things put under Him. 9) But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with Glory and Honour; that He by the Grace of God should taste death for every man. 10) For it became Him, for Whom are all things, and by Whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto Glory, to make the Captain of their Salvation perfect through sufferings. 11) For both He that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause He is not ashamed to call them brethren, Matthew 28:10; John 20:17. 12) Saying, I will declare Thy Name unto My brethren, in the midst of the Church will I sing praise unto Thee. Psalm 22:22. 13) And again, I will put My trust in Him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given Me. Isaiah 12:2. 14) Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same, that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil; 2Timothy 1:10. 15) And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16) For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham: 17) Wherefore in all things it behooved Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. Philippians 2:7. 18) For in that He Himself hath suffered being tempted, He is able to succor (assist) them that are tempted. Hebrews 5:2. Amen.
Quest Study Bible – v6-9, Are these words about Jesus? Originally, these words spoke of humankind, not Jesus (Psalm 8:4-6). The writer of Hebrews, inspired by the Holy Spirit to go beyond the original meaning of these words, applied them to Jesus, for in Him they reach their ultimate fulfillment. Jesus, Who called Himself the Son of Man, is the true representative of our humanity. v10, Why did Jesus have to be made perfect? This does not mean there was a time when Jesus wasn’t perfect. It simply points to the completion of His assignment. Make…perfect means to bring to the rightful or appointed end. By suffering and dying on the cross, the perfect Son of God became our perfect Savior, opening the way to God. v17, Why did Jesus have to become like us? Jesus became human, not just to die for our sins, but also to be our High Priest. To fully communicate God’s Salvation to us–and identify with our need–Jesus had to become one of us.