Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Day 3-Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12 Everything is Subject to Jesus

KEY TEXT: Heb 2:8-9 Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

KEY THOT: Jesus was made lower than the angels for a season in the days of his flesh, but this Scripture tells us that God has put everything now under his authority: “putting everything in subjection to him” (v.8). At present, though already crowned with glory and honor, his authority is not fully acknowledged by everyone on earth because Satan and his angels still have legal rights over humans who have not repented from their sins. Only the Gospel can extend Jesus’ rightful rule over these people who are still held captives to Satan. Our responsibility as believers is to proclaim the Gospel to expose Satan’s deception that holds people in spiritual bondages through false religions and ideologies, and through New Age practices like yoga and meditation. If we do not tell others the Good News, they will never be delivered from their spiritual blindness and bondage.

Jesus is exalted above every principalities and powers on earth. At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth. Jesus is given this authority not just to keep believers safe but to get unbelievers out of slavery to sin and Satan. And they will never do if no one tells them about Jesus’ power over the prince of darkness.

While church-based Alpha is a good way to share the Gospel, we may need to be more proactive by going to places where pre-believers are found. In other words, we should move into more community-based Alpha. This may mean physically moving evangelism into the campuses, work places, prisons, half-way houses, the homes—and even in oversea missions. The churches have traditionally relegated many of these ministries to para-church organizations. But it's time for the local churches (with more manpower and money) to take back these responsibilities. If we hold that the Gospel is God’s power to grant salvation to everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16), then it’s time we move out of our comfort zone—out of our secure boats and start walking on waters.

Father, there is still much work to be done in this city. Open new doors for Your people to move into places where the Gospel needs to be heard. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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