Grace for Your Day May 16

Ever since the church began, there have been heretical views about Jesus floating around. Since He is our only hope of salvation, the Devil has been trying to confuse believers for centuries about His life and person. Here are a few of the erroneous ideas that have been taught:
Ebionism. It said that Jesus was a man but not God.
Docetism. It said that Jesus was God but not man.
Apollanarianism. It said that Jesus was close to man but not the same.
Arianism. It said that Jesus was close to God but not the same.
Modalism. It said that Jesus was just a mode of God and nothing more. God the Father was also a previous mode and so was the Spirit as well.
Nestorianism. It said that Jesus had a dual personality so that He had a human and a divine person living inside of Him at the same time. However, each of them was its own distinct individual being that did not overlap.
Eutychianism. It said that Jesus was neither God nor man but some kind of third substance that was indistinct from both.
Gnosticism. It said that no one can truly know exactly what Jesus was except for a certain few who have special gnosis or “knowledge.”

The strange thing about all of these ideas is that they are not necessary because the Bible is not vague about who Jesus is. It makes it very clear that He was fully God and fully man as Hebrews 2:14-17 says:
Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and might free those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives . . .
Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
 
The Author of Hebrews says that Jesus shared our flesh and blood with us. He took on a genuine human nature in order to free us from the power of the Devil. He could not have done that if His human nature was false and He could not have done that if it His divine nature was false so He made sure that both were real.

This passage also says that Jesus came in order to make “propitiation” for our sins which refers to the fact that He satisfied the wrath of God for us. On the cross, Jesus allowed the Father to pour out all His anger towards sin upon Him so that we could be forgiven and free from the burden of it. This was also made possible because of Jesus’ dual natures. As Man, He could die for the sins of men. As God, He could also die for an infinite number of them so that there is nothing left over for us to pay which is what we are going to talk about this week at Grace Fellowship Church.

This week, we are going to talk about “The Finisher of Our Salvation.” We are going to do this because, last week, we studied how Jesus was “The Author of Our Salvation” which means that He started it. He got the ball rolling by becoming a man and paving the way for us to be saved. However, now we will look at this from another angle by talking about how He also completed the process by dying for us. Whereas we could not pay the price of sin, He took care of it so that He “might free those who . . . were subject to slavery.”

We will also take a look at this subject so we can find hope because it says that Jesus died to “render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.” This means that He died so that you do not have to fear Satan anymore. He went to the cross in order to release you from the fear of his attacks and allow you to live in victory.

Please join us as we talk about that this Sunday morning at 9:30. The service will be livestreamed and played on our You Tube Channel for all those who cannot make it. – Jeremy Cagle

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