Hebrews Chapter 2
In chapter 1 God draws a clear distinction between his Son and the prophets. Then he explains how his Son is so much better than the angels. In fact he says that the angels are to worship his Son. We are told that the heavens were created by his Son’s own hands. And in verse 8, God the Father plainly calls his Son “God”. We can be certain that these things are true.
Given that the Son of God is also God the Son, we should pay close attention to what he says. If we neglect the way of salvation that he has made for us through his sufferings and shed blood on the cross we will not escape the judgement of God. We see this as we continue on in chapter 2:
1. Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
2. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;
3. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
4. God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
Having firmly established the supremacy and greatness of Jesus Christ, and having been shown the way of his great salvation, we are now shown our own poor estate in relation to him:
5. For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.
6. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
7. Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
8. Thou hast 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 see not yet all things put under him.
And, wonder of wonders, we see that this great God loved us so much that he lowered himself to become a man, while never ceasing to be God, so that he could suffer and die for our sins in our place:
9. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
10. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
11. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
12. Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
13. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
14. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
15. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
16. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
And we learn that, having become a man and having experienced the same temptation that we experience, he can succour (help) us when we are tempted.
17. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
18. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
Will you heed God’s word and accept his great salvation?
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