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Monday, September 26 2016

Hebrews 2: Places Where Only Jesus Christ Has Been

"And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was"

Jesus Christ is unique in all of Creation in that He has, as the LORD God (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour), sat at the right hand of God the Father (see the Fact Finder question below), while He has also existed as an ordinary human, no different than any other human ("Wherefore in all things it behoved 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" verse 17 below) - a transition, and back, that neither angels, or the Father, have done. Jesus Christ has done it all.

"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. ... 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:1-4,14 KJV)

"17:1 These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." (John 17:1-5 KJV)

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The awareness of that Truth is the key that opens the door of the place of Truth. "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" (see also Backsliding The Way To The Top).

"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. 2:2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 2:3 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; 2:4 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?" (Hebrews 2:1-4 KJV)

The awareness of the identity of the LORD God did not begin in the New Testament era. The verses below are a quote of King David in the Psalms (see Psalm 8: Truly Uplifting): "8:3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; 8:4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 8:5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. 8:6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet" (Psalm 8:3-6 KJV).

"2:5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. 2:6 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? 2:7 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: 2:8 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. 2:9 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. (Hebrews 2:5-9 KJV)

Although unique, Jesus Christ is also the forerunner for all of humanity who choose to use the path that the Messiah has created: "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" (see The Christian Day Of Atonement: Past, Present and Future).

"2:10 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. 2:11 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, 2:12 Saying,

I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

2:13 And again,

I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.

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; 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham." (Hebrews 2:10-16 KJV)

From the Highest to the lowest, the Messiah has done it all.

"2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved 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. 2:18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted." (Hebrews 2:17-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did Jesus Christ do when He returned to the Throne of God?
See Who Sits At The Right Hand Of God?


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This Day In History, September 26

46 BC: Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix, in keeping with a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).

1345: During the Friso-Hollandic Wars, the Frisians defeated Holland at the Battle of Warns.

1396: German and French "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) were defeated by Ottoman forces at Nicopolis. The Ottoman Empire, centered in Turkey, was the dominant imperial force in the Middle East for centuries, including over the land of Israel, until the end of the First World War (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1580: Francis Drake returned to England after completing the first English voyage around the world.

Francis Drake

1626: Lancelot Andrewes died at age 71. The English theologian and court preacher oversaw the translation of the King James Version of the Holy Scriptures.

Lancelot Andrewes

1687: The city council of Amsterdam voted to support the invasion of England by William of Orange.

1687: The Parthenon (the great pagan temple that was built in 447 BC; see Paul In Athens) in Athens was severely damaged in a battle between the Ottomans and the Venetians.

1777: During the rebellion of the New England colonies that were established by the British in the wilderness over a century earlier, the British army temporarily took back control of the British-built city known as Philadelphia. The city was planned, built and named by William Penn, an English land developer sent by King James II, the successor of King Charles II. Ironically, Pennsylvania was named after William Penn - a life-long patriot of the king (Penn was born, died and is buried in England) who was not involved in the rebellion.

William Penn

1829: The British "Scotland Yard" police organization was founded.

1854: The "Charge of The Light Brigade" during the Crimean War (1853-1856). The suicidal charge of an English light-cavalry brigade during the Battle of Balaklava in the Ukraine was made famous in a poem by Alfred Tennyson.

1872: The first Shriners Temple (called "Mecca") was established in New York City.

1907: New Zealand and Newfoundland became dominions of the British Empire.

1934: The British liner Queen Mary was launched.

1937: During the British Mandate that established the present-day state of "Israel" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration and Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) Lewis Andrews, British district commissioner of Galilee and Acre and known friend of the Jews, shot by a group of Arabs while he was walking to church in Nazareth. Also killed was a police constable who was walking with him.

The Liberation of Jerusalem

1945: Lt. Col. Peter Dewey, a U.S. OSS officer (the "Office of Strategic Services," that later became the Central Intelligence Agency), was killed by Vietnamese forces after he was mistaken as a French military man and ambushed. Dewey is regarded as both the first U.S. soldier and the first CIA agent to die in the Vietnam civil war i.e. it was imperial France that divided Vietnam into North and South. France was driven out in the 1950s; the U.S. replaced the French, while taking the side of the South. When the U.S. left in the early 1970s, the North overran the South and Vietnam was restored to what it was before France and the U.S. involved themselves in the southeast Asia nation.

1950: United Nations troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans.

1959: Typhoon Vera, the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in recorded history, made landfall. It killed over 4,500 people.

1967: During the Vietnam civil war, the government of North Vietnam rejected a U.S. peace proposal that would have made the French-imposed division of Vietnam permanent.

1984: Britain and China agreed that Hong Kong would revert to Chinese control in 1997 (which it did).

1990: In Russia, the Supreme Soviet ended decades of religious repression with a new law that prohibited government interference in religious activities.

1997: With Germany re-united (again), Chancellor Helmut Kohl laid the foundation stone for a new Chancellery building in Berlin (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

2009: Typhoon Ketsana struck the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.


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