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, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. (Hebrews 2:14–15)
How does Christ deliver us from the fear of death and set us free to live with the kind of loving abandon that can “let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also”?
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood…
The term “children” is taken from the previous verse and refers to the spiritual offspring of Christ, the Messiah. These are also the “children of God.” In other words, in sending Christ, God has the salvation of his “children” especially in view.
he himself likewise partook of the same [flesh and blood]…
The Son of God, who existed before the incarnation as the eternal Word (John 1:1), took on flesh and blood and clothed his deity with humanity. He became fully man and remained fully God.
that through death…
The reason Christ became human was to die. As preincarnate God, he could not die for sinners. But united to flesh and blood, he could. His aim was to die. Therefore, he had to be born human.
he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil…
In dying, Christ defanged the devil. How? By covering all our sin (Hebrews 10:12). This means that Satan has no legitimate grounds to accuse us before God. “Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies” (Romans 8:33). On what grounds does he justify? Through the blood of Jesus (Hebrews 9:14; Romans 5:9).
Satan’s ultimate weapon against us is our own sin. If the death of Jesus takes it away, the chief weapon the devil has is taken out of his hand. In that sense he is rendered powerless.
and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.
So we are free from the fear of death. God has justified us. There is only future grace in front of us. Satan cannot overturn that decree. And God means for our ultimate safety to have an immediate effect on our lives. He means for the happy ending to take away the slavery and fear of the present.
~ Scotty Smith, Everyday Prayers
Jesus, we ask you to restore us to the childlikeness of our early days of knowing you. Free us from childishness, indeed, but renew our hearts in childlike joy, playfulness, gratefulness, and simplicity. Our bodies and minds are getting older, but cause our hearts to dance again in your other an match with the lights of being loved by you.
I am working on a document about faith family love and how it is to be lived out:
Gal: What is important is faith expressing itself in love.
serve one another in love.
But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
Eph: making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.
As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.
Live a life filled with love
Phil: I pray that your love will overflow more and more
Col: He has told us about the love for others that the Holy Spirit has given you.
I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love
i Thes: And may the Lord make your love for one another and for all people grow and overflow
God himself has taught you to love one another.
you already show your love for all the believers throughout Macedonia
2 Thess: your faith is flourishing and your love for one another is growing
1 Tim: The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart
1 Pet: Love each other deeply with all your heart.
Love each other as brothers and sisters.
continue to show deep love for each other
1 John: Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.
If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life.
let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.
But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.
We love each other because he loved us first.
if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?
Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.
~ Scotty Smith, Everyday Prayers
Since the only thing that counts is faith expressing itself in love, I boldly asked for greater impressions of your love upon my heart.