Hebrews 2:1-4 Warnings are given by neglecting Salvation. We must pay very close attention to what we hear about the Truth in order that we persevere and don’t drift away from the Faith. Messages from angels have been proven to reliable and all sin has received retribution, how shall humans escape God’s judgement if we ignore his plan for Salvation. Jesus declared the Good News and passed it onto His apostles while God bore witness to the Good News by providing miracles, and the Holy Spirit by dispensing gifts to each believer according to His will.
Notes: The Mosaic Law was given by angels. Some had given intellectual assent to the doctrine of Messiah’s superiority to the angels, but had not yet committed themselves to him as God and Lord. He deserves their worship as much as he deserves the worship of the angels.
Hebrews 2:5-9 God did not subject the new world or age to come to angels, but to His Son, Jesus. Jesus came down from His Glory in Heaven and for a while was made lower than the angels, but resurrected to a position above the angels, subordinate to the Father, and has received all glory, honor, and praise. All things the Father has given the Son to control. We will see Jesus in this role when He comes again to the earth. Jesus was crowned with glory because he subjected Himself to the suffering of death, so that by grace, He would taste death for everyone and be the Author of our Salvation.
Notes: Angels will not reign over the messianic kingdom. In spite of the superiority of angels to mankind, God had originally placed the administration of the earth into the hands of mankind however, mankind has been incapable of fulfilling that divinely ordained position. Because Jesus became “obedient to the point of death . . . God has highly exalted him”. By his redemptive work, Christ has fulfilled all that is required as the supreme representative of mankind.
Hebrews 2:10-13 All things exists by Jesus and for Jesus so that he may bring many sons and daughters to glory with Him. Jesus sanctifies us so that we can become one and be called His brothers and sisters.
Notes: Without Christ’s humiliation and suffering, there could be no redemption. Without redemption, there could be no glorification. Sanctification sets a person apart for service through purification from sin and conformity to the holiness of God.
Hebrews 2:14-17 Since Jesus was born human, flesh and blood just like us, He was able to share in our humanity, and that through death, destroy the Devil who has the power over death and deliver us to the slavery of sin and death. Jesus came to save mankind, not the angels (specifically those angels who sided with the Devil). And in order that Jesus could become a merciful and faithful high priest, Jesus had to become human to officiate that role to offer Himself as a Sin offering to God.
Notes: The Son of God was not by nature “flesh and blood,” but took upon himself that nature for the sake of providing redemption for mankind. Jesus came to earth to die. By dying, he was able to conquer death in his resurrection. By conquering death, he rendered Satan powerless against all who are saved.
Hebrews 2:18 And because Jesus knows what it is like to suffer under temptation, He knows how to help us when we are tempted by evil.
Notes: Jesus became fully capable of understanding and sympathizing with his human brethren.