All that the Word of God instructed Jesus to do, he did. Jesus believed God to the uttermost.
And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.
Jesus Christ died twice the day he was taken to Calvary just as Adam had died twice.
And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.
The word translated death here is in the plural and should be translated "deaths". Why deaths, why the plural? When Adam sinned in the Garden of Eden he lost spirit immediately. Because the spirit was gone Adam was dead spiritually [see Ye Shall Surely Die!]. It took him some nine hundred and thirty years to die physically because he started with pure, uncorrupted blood but he had to die spiritually before he could die physically.
The same is true with Jesus Christ. His physical or natural nature was perfect, he had no death working in him; his physical body was designed to go on indefinitely. The difference between Adam and Jesus in dying spiritually is that Adam lost his spirit due to sin while Jesus relinquished his spirit because it was time for the Passover Lamb to die. But both had to die spiritually before they could die physically. The reason Jesus Christ died physically so quickly after he gave up his spirit is because he was beaten so viciously before the crucifixion.
After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Jesus said, “It is finished”. Not only was God’s plan of redemption and salvation completed with the perfect sacrifice of God’s Passover Lamb but his life of complete and perfect believing was accomplished. The chasm of sin separating God and mankind had been spanned by the complete believing of Jesus Christ. His sinless life fulfilled the feast of Unleavened Bread while the sacrifice of his innocent blood fulfilled the feast of Passover, just as his resurrection from the dead fulfilled the feast of First Fruits. Israel was taught these feast days as a shadow of that which was to come. These feasts were promises made unto the fathers of Israel.
Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:
Jesus Christ came as a minister to the circumcision, the nation of Israel. He didn’t come to the world but to the nation of Israel just as the nation of Israel had received the words of God when other nations received no such revelation. He came to confirm the promises made unto the fathers of Israel. And in obeying the Word of God Jesus Christ became the sin offering for all of mankind.
2 Corinthians 5:21
For he [God] hath made him [Jesus Christ] to be sin [a sin offering] for us, who [Jesus Christ] knew no sin; that we [all who believe the testimony of God] might be made the righteousness of God in him.
The Passover Lamb, without spot or blemish, was a temporary offering for sin, Jesus Christ became the perfect and complete sin offering for mankind. Jesus Christ did not become sin as some have declared no more so than the Passover Lamb became sin, rather he was the perfect sin offering. Jesus Christ trusted the words of his Father; he believingly followed those words to his "deaths" on the cross trusting his Father would raise him from the dead.
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Before Jesus was arrested he asked his Father if there was any other way to accomplish mankind’s reconciliation.
And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
In the heart and mind of Jesus it was never about doing his own thing, his personal will but rather it was always about the will of God, his Abba, Father. Abba is a term of endearment like a small child calling his father Daddy.
This Jesus is the man who humbled himself before God by always doing the will of his Father. His pure blood did not guarantee the success of God’s plan of redemption. His perfect physical or natural nature did not guarantee the success of God’s plan of salvation. Adam had pure blood, Adam had a perfect physical or natural nature and he decided not to obey God. Adam made the conscious decision to follow his own will rather than the will of God. Jesus Christ stood by "It is Written" all the days of his life.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
All of the men and women in Hebrews chapter eleven were great believers in their day and time but none of them believed God from the beginning unto the end, for all of the men and women in chapter eleven had a sin nature from their birth.
The Greek word aphorao is translated “looking” in verse 2. Lexicons define this word as “turning your eyes away from one thing to fix them on another thing”. We are told here to turn our eyes away from the sin which so easily besets. Literally besets means to skillfully surround. The adversary has skillfully surrounded us with sin and our sin nature is drawn to those things God’s enemy has placed in the world. We are to fix our eyes on Jesus, who is the “author and finisher of our faith”.
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Jesus did what I couldn’t do, he believed God completely. Jesus was skillfully surrounded by sin but he kept his eyes on God and His Word. Adam, not quite surrounded by sin, disobeyed God when he choose to fix his eyes upon his wife rather than God. Adam failed to believe the words of God concerning the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and because of his unbelief a great chasm opened between God and mankind. From the moment Adam sinned God set a plan in motion to bridge that chasm so that fellowship could be restored. The only bridge that was strong enough to span the chasm was complete and total believing. Mankind, identified in Adam, could not believe completely because of our inherited sin nature. Man cannot believe from beginning to end, man can only believe from the point at which he hears the Word of God.
With each step taken by Jesus, with each of his actions, with each word he spoke he was building a bridge across that chasm of sin, he was the “author and finisher” of believing [pistis]. The blueprints for the bridge were the words of God. The materials for the bridge were the believing actions of Jesus. Jesus The Christ accomplished complete believing.
Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith [believing].
Believing has always been the key to receiving what God has made available. Believing has always been the key to reconciliation and restored fellowship with God. In order to receive from God a person must believe. God told Adam he could eat from any tree except one. Adam should have trusted God, he should have taken God at His Word, he should have believed. When those living during the days of Noah heard Noah preach, they should have believed his words and continued living. When Israel came out of Egypt and God told them He would take them to a land flowing with milk and honey, they should have believed and cut forty years off of their entrance into the land. Believing has always been the key to receiving anything from God.
The word "author", in Hebrews 12:2, is the Greek word arkeegos and means "chief leader, prince". The Greek word for finisher is teliosis and means "perfecter or completer". The Greeks described this perfecter as “one who brings a thing through to the goal so as to win and receive the prize”.
Jesus Christ is the one who has brought believing through to the goal of spanning the chasm and making available once again fellowship with God. He is the victorious one who received the prize of eternal life through the resurrection from the dead and is even now, at the right hand of God.
Hebrews 12:2 is telling us to look away from the sin that so easily besets us and to fix our eyes on Jesus who is the leader or example of completely believing God. Jesus accomplished believing, he believed God completely.
Therefore as by the offence of one [Adam] judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [Jesus] the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's [Adam] disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one [Jesus] shall many be made righteous.
All of mankind has been born into this world with their identification in the disobedience of Adam. The only way for mankind to break our identification in Adam is to believe God, to take God at His Word when He declares Jesus Christ has accomplished believing for us.
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith [read the accomplished believing] of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
For those who believed God and looked to the coming of God’s promised seed of Genesis, men and women like Abraham and Anna, righteousness was counted unto them. When they are raised from the dead they will be raised in righteousness. For those who live in the Administration of Grace and believe God’s record of His son, righteousness is imparted at the moment of belief.
Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith [read the accomplished believing] of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith [read the accomplished believing] of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
To be justified is to be freed from the penalty and consequence of sin. Justification is just like you have never sinned; it identifies you with the accomplished believing of Jesus like you have lived a sin free life.
According to the eternal purpose which he [God] purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith [read accomplished believing] of him.
Boldness means we have freedom to speak with God and access means we have the freedom to be in the presence of God. Fellowship with God has been restored! The chasm separating God and the descendants of Adam has been spanned! The bridge has been built by the complete, perfect, and accomplished believing of Jesus Christ, the man who lived “It is Written.”