Hebrews 2:5-18Â September 10 2006
Up to this point, the author of Hebrews had
declared the Son’s superiority over angels.
Now he proceeded to show us how the Son
identified Himself with human beings.
Essentially all , the Son of God became human
so that through our faith in Him , we might
become the children of God.
1. Where We Are (Heb. 2:5-8)
Hebr. 2:5Â Â It is not to angels that he has subjected
the world to come, about which we are speaking.
2:6Â Â But there is a place where someone has
testified: Â Â Â â€œWhat is man that you are mindful of
him, the son of man that you care for him?Â 2:7
You made him a little lower than the angels; you
crowned him with glory and honor2:8Â Â and put
everything under his feet.â€ In putting everything
under him, God left nothing that is not subject to
him. Yet at present we do not see everything
subject to him.
But one has somewhere testified may indicate
the writer has forgotten the reference, but it
probably implies that the precise reference is
unimportant. What is clear is that the writer
placed great importance to the words
of Scripture. The use of (Psalm 8:4-6) is
interesting . This same Psalm is cited by Jesus
(Matt.21:16) and Paul (1 Cor. 15:27). both in ways
that point to Jesus Himself.
In lofty words the writer proceeded to present
hope for the human race due to God’s intervention
in the person of Jesus Christ. What we could not
achieve through ourselves, we can achieve
through Christ. In order for this to take place ,
we must repent of our sins and believe in the
2. Who Can Help? (Heb. 2:9-13)
Hebr. 2:9Â Â But we see Jesus, who was made a little
lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and
honor because he suffered death, so that by the
grace of God he might taste death for everyone.
2:10Â Â In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting
that God, for whom and through whom everything
exists, should make the author of their salvation
perfect through suffering. 2:11Â Â Both the one who
makes men holy and those who are made holy are of
the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call
them brothers. 2:12Â Â He says, Â Â Â â€œI will declare your
name to my brothers; in the presence of the
congregation I will sing your praises.â€ 2:13Â Â And
again, Â Â Â â€œI will put my trust in him.â€ And again he
says, Â Â Â â€œHere am I, and the children God has given
Our Lord is not ashamed to acknowledge us as
family. We are brothers and sisters in Christ.
Paul used a similar idea in pointing out that
believers were joint-heirs with Christ (Rom.
8:29). Jesus said He would be ashamed of those
who were ashamed of him (Mark 8:38). Here is
the contrast between the destiny of believers
and nonbelievers.Â Shame and glory are mutually
exclusive! Our Lord will help us grow in
holiness. The writer of Hebrews admonished
Christians to grow in Holiness and to be about
the Fathers’ business.
3. What We Need (Heb. 2:14-18)
Hebr. 2:14Â Â Since the children have flesh and blood,
he too shared in their humanity so that by his death
he might destroy him who holds the power of death â€”
that is, the devil â€”Â 2:15Â Â and free those who all their
lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 2:16
For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abrahamâ€™s
descendants. 2:17Â Â For this reason he had to be made
like his brothers in every way, in order that he might
become a merciful and faithful high priest in service
to God, and that he might make atonement for the
sins of the people. 2:18Â Â Because he himself suffered
when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are
In the terminology of Hebrews, salvation is more
than release from the power of sin; itis also
deliverance from the bondage of Satan. As Paul
said, Christ removed the sting of death
(1 Cor.15:45-57). Beyond physical death lies the
assurance of eternal life for all who believe in
Jesus Christ as Savior.
We need to be free from the power of Satan
and our sins. Jesus made this freedom possible.
However, only those who know this and accept
what He did on their behalf can benefit from it.
God wants everyone to place their faith in Christ,
to receive this salvation and forgiveness.
If you are a Christian, you should be telling
other how to go about placing their faith in Christ
so they, too, can know this forgiveness.