Summary: To show that CHRIST conquered death for us so we are deathless in CHRIST.
Are you deathless? Can you die?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that CHRIST conquered death for us so we are deathless in CHRIST.
Hebrews 2:14 (Amplified Bible)
2:14 Since, therefore, [these His] children share in flesh and blood [in the physical nature of human beings], He [Himself] in a similar manner partook of the same [nature], that by [going through] death He might bring to nought and make of no effect him who had the power of death—that is, the devil—
I am deathless in CHRIST.
We are deathless because of CHRIST
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. CHRIST partook of flesh and blood so He could die
"Since, therefore, [these His] children share in flesh and blood [in the physical nature of human beings], He [Himself] in a similar manner partook of the same [nature], that by [going through] death"
1 Corinthians 15:50 (Amplified Bible)
15:50 But I tell you this, brethren, flesh and blood cannot [become partakers of eternal salvation and] inherit or share in the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable (that which is decaying) inherit or share in the imperishable (the immortal).
Isaiah 7:14 (Amplified Bible)
7:14 Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign: Behold, the young woman who is unmarried and a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel [God with us].
John 1:14 (Amplified Bible)
1:14 And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth.
CHRIST, the Living GOD became human being for us so He could die like us so He could save us, flesh and blood, by dying for us on the cross.
2 Corinthians 5:21 (Amplified Bible)
5:21 For our sake He made Christ [virtually] to be sin Who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become [endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of] the righteousness of God [what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness].
B. CHRIST came back to life to remove the effect of power of death for us
"He might bring to nought and make of no effect him who had the power of death—that is, the devil—"
1 John 3:8-10 (The Message)
3:8 Those who make a practice of sin are straight from the Devil, the pioneer in the practice of sin. The Son of God entered the scene to abolish the Devil's ways.
3:9 People conceived and brought into life by God don't make a practice of sin. How could they? God's seed is deep within them, making them who they are. It's not in the nature of the God-begotten to practice and parade sin.
3:10 Here's how you tell the difference between God's children and the Devil's children: The one who won't practice righteous ways isn't from God, nor is the one who won't love brother or sister. A simple test.
1 Corinthians 15:54-55 (The Message)
15:54 Then the saying will come true: Death swallowed by triumphant Life!
15:55 Who got the last word, oh, Death? Oh, Death, who's afraid of you now?
By living a victorious life here on earth, CHRIST not only showed or patterned to us how to live but imparted that same perfect life and lived it inside of us. So like Him, death no longer reigned in us but life after life.
Romans 5:17 (The Message)
5:17 If death got the upper hand through one man's wrongdoing, can you imagine the breathtaking recovery life makes, sovereign life, in those who grasp with both hands this wildly extravagant life-gift, this grand setting-everything-right, that the one man Jesus Christ provides?
Romans 5:21 (The Message)
5:21 All sin can do is threaten us with death, and that's the end of it. Grace, because God is putting everything together again through the Messiah, invites us into life—a life that goes on and on and on, world without end.
CHRIST conquered death for us so we could live His life here on earth.