A New Identity in Christ
Passage: Hebrews 2:10–18
The author of Hebrews describes what an incredible salvation Jesus accomplished for those who believe.
10 For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. 11 For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, 12 saying, "I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise." 13 And again, "I will put my trust in him." And again, "Behold, I and the children God has given me." 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16 For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. 17 Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
The author of Hebrews describes the incredible benefits of the salvation that Jesus accomplished:
- He sanctifies us (vs. 11)
- Jesus helps us transform into his likeness over the course of our life as we abide in Him
- He calls us family (11-13)
- He identifies with us (14-17)
- He helps us in times of temptation (vs. 18)
- 1 Corinthians 10:12–13 - “Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.  No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
- He was humbled and he suffered (vs. 10 and vs. 18)
- Proverbs 16:18 -  Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
- Proverbs 11:2 -  When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom. (ESV)
- Numbers 12:3 - Moses was the most humble man in the world
- 2 Chronicles 7:14 - If my people shall humble themselves
- Matthew 23:12 - Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.
- James 4:6 - But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
- James 4:10 - Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.
- 1 Peter 5:6 - Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you,
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