Gene Cunningham - May 23, 2000

Living Sacrifice 10

Heb 2:11 -- "He is unashamed to call us brethren". Christ had to become a brother first (Phi 2:5-11) the Seven aspects of a perfect attitude: (1) condescension (2) kenosis - He emptied Himself and limited His divine nature with regard to Himself; spiritual gifts are for the benefit of others; (3) volunteered - "took the form of a bond servant"; (4) incarnation; (5) humbled himself; (6) obedience to the plan of God - "to the point of death"; (7) crucifixion - "even the death on the cross". Unlimited atonement "that He might taste death for everyone". Heb 2:10 "to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings; "Captain" - founder, source, and author of our salvation (1Th 5:23-24, Act 17:26). He took on our nature so that in salvation we take on divine nature (2Pe 1:4). Four things regarding brethren in Heb 2:12-13: (1) Proclamation "thy name to my brethren"; (2) Brethren are identified by those who respond Mat 12:47-50); (3) in heaven there will be a song of praise -- the theme is the greatness of faith -- "I will put my trust in Him"; (4) the unity of the royal family of God -- "I and the children You have given Me". In incarnation, Jesus Christ shared in flesh and blood, but uniquely without a sin nature (Heb 2:14). Deliverance -- to release someone from a bond in the fear of death (Heb 2:15). Jesus Christ had to become a man (Heb 2:16-17). Jesus Christ was tempted and never fell; He understands temptation (Heb 12:18). When He stops having compassion and forgiveness for us, we can stop having it for others.

Scripture References: Hebrews 12:18, Hebrews 2:10, Hebrews 2:16-17, Philippians 2:5-11, Hebrews 2:15, Hebrews 2:11, Hebrews 2:14, Matthew 12:47-50, Hebrews 2:12-13, Acts 17:26

From Series: "Living Sacrifice (1995)"

Romans 12 and specifically Rom 12:1-2 is a pivot point between the doctrinal section and application of the book. This series methodically uses this passage to outline aspects or doctrines of the christian life -- God's provision and our prospect. Our lives can be acceptable to God if we progress on the path He intends. Living Sacrifice presents 12 doctrines: (1) redeeming time; (2) standing (positional truth); (3) self-presentation - availability; (4) approval; (5) service; (6) provision; (7) spiritual warfare; (8) conformity; (9) spiritual advance; (10) renewal; (11) divine guidance; (12) abundant life.

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