Hebrews 2 – Become the Overcomer 希伯來書 2 –成为得胜者
Wednesday, 29th March 2023
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
Section One V1-4 To Really Know Salvation 要真知道救恩
Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will?
We have heard a lot and learnt a lot, but have we really committed in the teaching given to us? We follow God, we believe in God, we receive salvation, what is our attitude? Do we only want to go to Heaven and receive the eternal life? This is merely a shallow knowledge, receiving the salvation and receiving the eternal life are not just something we want to receive, but a life we must live out. All the gifts, the anointing, the signs, and the wonders we receive are not for us to give a show to people, are not for people to know how powerful we are, but to preach the Gospel to others. Do we really know our salvation? It’s more than the signs and wonders, it’s more than healing and prophesying, but it’s for us to live out as a testimony, so people would really know the love of God.
Section Two V5-9 To Really Know Authority 要真知道权柄
For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, and set him over the works of Your hands. You have 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 do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.
Jesus came is more than just to give us eternal life, it’s more than just to deal with our sins, but the biggest gift Jesus gave to us, is something we have lost when Adam and Eve sinned, is the authority over the world. Satan was only a messenger, but because men sinned, the devil took the authority temporarily. When Jesus came 2000 years ago, He overcame the devil and He overcame death, He took back the authority we lost. Jesus always has this authority, but we are the ones, who have lost this authority, therefore Jesus took it back for us.
But as Christians, we don’t know this authority, and we don’t use this authority, we still struggle in our daily lives, and we still stay in our own sins. We chase after the world, which will fade away, we want the enjoyment of the world, and we fail to see the authority we have to overcome his world. The desires of the world will only lead us to death, so we cannot see the authority Jesus gave us. Christians became so weak, we pray only to ask God to solve our problems, and to fulfill our desires. We forgot that we already has this authority, everything in this world will submit to us, just as how the world submitted to Jesus. Yet we still seek the fulfilment of the world, instead of the authority of Jesus.
We are afraid to take up this authority, we are afraid of suffering, we are afraid of losing, and therefore we sold ourselves to our lustful desires, we sold ourselves to this world. God’s authority for us is for everything to submit to us, but we only follow Him half way, and we don’t see this authority we are holding is from Jesus, who gave it back to us by overcoming death. Stop being the person chasing after people and chasing after this world, but to know and to hold onto our authority already given to us.
Section Three V10-18 To Become True Son成为真儿子
For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren; in the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” And again: “I will put My trust in Him.” And again: “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.” Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
原來那為萬物所屬、為萬物所本的，要領許多的兒子進榮耀裡去，使救他們的元帥因受苦難得以完全，本是合宜的。 因那使人成聖的和那些得以成聖的，都是出於一，所以他稱他們為弟兄也不以為恥， 說：「我要將你的名傳於我的弟兄，在會中我要頌揚你。」 又說：「我要依賴他。」又說：「看哪，我與神所給我的兒女。」 兒女既同有血肉之體，他也照樣親自成了血肉之體，特要藉著死敗壞那掌死權的，就是魔鬼， 並要釋放那些一生因怕死而為奴僕的人。他並不救拔天使，乃是救拔亞伯拉罕的後裔。所以，他凡事該與他的弟兄相同，為要在神的事上成為慈悲忠信的大祭司，為百姓的罪獻上挽回祭。 他自己既然被試探而受苦，就能搭救被試探的人。
Matthew 28 told us to go and disciple the nation, but we tend to hide in our own comfort zone, and we don’t want to preach the good news and to disciple the nation. We don’t want to become the true sons, but the slaves of the world. We worry about a lot of things and we are afraid of a lot of things, and we cannot step out for God. When we worry about the work in our hands, we don’t see God’s plan in our lives, which is for us to become true sons and daughters, to receive glory with Him.
马太福音 28 章告诉我们要去门训万民，但我们往往躲在自己的舒适区，我们不想传福音和门训万民。我们不想成为真正的儿子，而是世界的奴隶。我们担心很多事情，我们害怕很多事情，我们不能为神走出去。当我们担心手中的工作时，我们看不到神在我们生命中的计划，就是要我们成为真正的儿女，与祂一同得荣耀。
The schemes of the devil have already lost the power, because God is Almighty, He has saved us from the devil, and we don’t need to be afraid. We are so afraid of dying in poverty, dying in lacking, dying in slavery… but we don’t see that we are seeking after the world, and we don’t see the true identity we hold. Even Satan was puzzled, Jesus has overcome the world, the power of Satan had lost, but we still don’t see this truth, we still chase after death, the death of lustful desires, the death of money, the death of this world… we are orphans, we don’t believe we are the true sons and daughters of God, God has already accepted us, but we still call ourselves lacking, we still call ourselves people of the world, not people of God.
Everyday we are facing temptation, for us to lose our identity as the sons and daughters. What we can do is to build our foundation in the Word of God, and in Jesus Christ. Stop being the slaves of the world, but to be joyful, give thanks always, and to uplift the lamb enthroned.