|Hebrews 2:2-15 |
2 For if the word spoken by angels was firm, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward,
3 How will we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation; which first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard him,
4 God also bearing witness, both with signs and wonders, and with many miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to his own will?1
5 For he has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to the angels.
6 But one testified in a certain place, saying, "What is man, that you are mindful of him; or the son of man that you care for him?"
8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet." Now in putting all things in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not subject to him. But at present we do not yet see all things put under him.
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God, he should taste death for every man.2
10 For it was fitting of God, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11 For both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified [not in process, but completed] are all of one;3 for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brothers, [Since he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit, a man must first be sanctified before becoming one with the Lord, who is undefiled and separate from sinners. George Fox writes of when you are sanctified: "a believer that is justified is a new creature, is past from the death which came by sin, and comes to enter into His rest, where there is no sin. He who is the sanctification, is the justification, and so by their sanctification are they justified; it is one and the same, what sanctifies, justifies....Men are justified by the believing, and in the faith and by the faith, and in believing they overcome, and have victory; and there are mortification, and sanctification, and redemption, and justification, all possessed together in the one, which is Christ, and this to the particular satisfaction." When you have been born again and protected from ever sinning again, you are sanctified.]
13 And again, "I will look [wait and hope for] Him." And again, "Behold I and the children whom God has given me."
14 Since then the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part in the same nature; so that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil, [Christ's destruction of Satan is not a one-time event for Christ destroys the works of the devil in each believer, He crushes Satan under your feet, He destroys the spirit of Satan with brightness of His coming, and He consumes that spirit with the Spirit of His mouth, by which He frees you from the bondage of sin.]
15 And deliver those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. [To be delivered is to be freed from even the desire of your sins — freed from the bondage of sin, which is the promise of the gospel.]
3 For both he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified [not in process, but completed] are all of one. To be one with God, you must first be purified and cleansed for God will not join himself to evil, to sinners, to devils, to corruption, to impurity, to immorality, to liars, to the covetousness, to the prideful, to the envious, to drunks, to angry people, to disobedient people, etc. Jesus is holy, harmless, undefiled and separate from sinners, Heb 7:26; he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit. 1 Cor 6:17. So, Christ cannot sanctify a sinner because that would be joining himself to a defiled spirit; to be sanctified requires one first to be freed from sin, and then be protected from evil.