It was necessary

It was necessary for the Messiah to come in the likeness of sinful flesh.

Hebrews 2:14-18,

14 Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; 

15 and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 

16 For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the seed of Abraham. 

17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 

18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted.

  • [If we say we cannot help but sin until the end of our life, we are saying Jesus is incapable of coming to our aid when we are tempted, which contradicts the word of God and belittles Jesus. In so doing, we are making God a liar: 
  • The one who believes in the Son of God has the testimony in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the witness that God has borne concerning His Son,] 1 John 5:10.

Romans 8:3-4,

3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh,

4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do ‘NOT’ walk according to the flesh ‘BUT’ according to the Spirit.

After the fall, sin dwelt in Adam and Eve, and has since dwelt in every human being. Joseph and Mary were descendants of the fallen Adam and Eve, so they also had sin dwelling in them.

The brothers and sisters of Jesus were conceived in sin by the seed of Joseph and brought forth in iniquity like every other human being. Jesus, however, was conceived by the seed of the Holy Spirit and brought forth in God’s holiness, without sin. So the conception of Jesus can only be perceived as immaculate in that His mother was impregnated by the seed of God. Conception cannot happen without the seed of a male.

Therefore, the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.

The Word became flesh, the perfect image of God. Jesus was not born IN the image of God. He was THE image of God in a body of flesh. In Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, Colossians 2:9.

Hebrews 5:8 tells us obedience is learned from suffering, ‘Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.’ Adam had no occasion to learn obedience for there was no suffering in the Garden of Eden. Jesus, however, was born an infant on a cursed earth and learned obedience from the things which He suffered. God now teaches each son and daughter obedience. If you are without it, you are an illegitimate child, Hebrews 12:8. For Jesus became the source of eternal salvation to all those who obey Him, Hebrews 5:9.

The blood of animals could not make our conscience clean for it only related to food and drink and various washings, regulations for the body of flesh. The veil into the holy place where only the high priest enters was still closed for everyone but the high priest.

Hebrews 9:11-15; 23-28,

11 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; 

12 and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. 

13 For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled, sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, 

14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God

15 And for this reason He is the mediator of a new covenant, in order that since a death has taken place for the redemption of the transgressions that were committed under the first covenant, those who have been called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.

Don’t let the ear ticklers lead you astray. Jesus came in the likeness of sinful flesh and since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted, Hebrews 2:18.

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will NOT allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation WILL PROVIDE the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it, 1 Corinthians 10:13

That way of escape is Jesus who comes to the aid of those who believe the witness God has made concerning His Son.

Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant

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