Message in the Hebrews (3)

Why is the New Covenant revelation superior?

Because Jesus, while on the earth in human form, is God with us. “who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, …” Hebrews 1:3, NKJV. The literal rendering of the “express image of His person” is “exact expression of His nature.” God, in Jesus Christ, while on the earth, revealed His true nature, mainly, God is love. The “by the word of His power” above, could be translated as “by the power of His word.” “In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1, NKJV. God, through the power of His Word – Jesus Christ, accomplished on our behalf that which was impossible for us to do.

Historically, much confusion about the nature of Jesus Christ resulted in endless debates about why, and in what manner, Jesus was a man. The confusion about the nature of Jesus Christ stems from the misunderstanding of the nature of humankind. The spirit that God put into Man at creation is our life and our identity. “’It is Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing.’” John 6:63, NKJV. We are by our spirit in the image of God, not in our body because “God is Spirit.”

John 4:24, NKJV. God did not create the spirit in us; He gave it to us. However, the spirit God put into Man at creation sinned, in the garden of Eden. Because of that sin, the entire humankind was condemned to eternal death, by the moral law, with no way out. Also, because the spirit of Man sinned, the humankind lost the image of God in which He created the Man. The deliberate decision by Adam made it utterly impossible for the humankind to on its own regain the image of God. Our biological nature did not sin, and it could not sin on its own. The spirit God gave us at creation made a deliberate decision to disobey God and thus, subjected our biological nature, the body, to the consequences of sin. The first man Adam was not deceived; he knew what he was doing. 1 Timothy 2:14. God educated Adam on everything he needed to know.

However, God, because He loves His creation, determined to replace the sinful spirit of the humankind, with a new and perfect spirit. Accordingly, God, at the incarnation, took upon Himself the human body, the biological nature the humankind had at the time of the incarnation. The new spirit that God put into the body of the Messiah, at the incarnation, was the same order of spirit that first Man, Adam, had before he sinned in the garden of Eden. By this act, God fulfilled His promise concerning the new spirit for the humankind. “‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.’” Ezekiel 36:26, NKJV. (The emphasis is mine) By fulfilling His promise, God restored His image in the humankind, the new humankind in Jesus Christ. How? Read the next Blog.

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