New Testament Commentary - Hebrews Chapter 2

by Don R. Hender

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              CHAPTER 2

Jesus came to suffer death and save men—He came to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

  1 THEREFORE we ought to give the more aearnest bheed 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 adisobedience received a bjust recompence of reward;
  3 How shall we aescape, 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 asigns and bwonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own cwill?
  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 aman, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?
  7 Thou madest him a little lower than the aangelsa; 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 afeet. 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.
 7a a little lower than the angels In what is man lower than angels. Do not angels enjoy the presence of God? There is a veil of forgetfulness over the earth which inhibits man from even a remembrance of God. Yet God in his wisdow does endow man to be ceceptiable to the influence of the Spirit of God, even the Spirit of Christ. And in such man may come to once again enjoy a presence of God within himself and as a source of enlightenment to his mind. And though not in the physical presence of God, as are the angels, man may be in the spiritual presence of God, which presence can be even of greater enfluence upon a man than just a physical presence. Through the spirit man may internalize his relationship to God and even become one with him in such things that matter to the soul and mind of a man, marrying them to that of the mind and soul of God.
  9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little alower than the bangels cfor the suffering of ddeath, ecrowned with glory and honour; that he by the fgrace of God should taste gdeath for every man.
  10 For ait became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all bthings, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the ccaptain of their salvation dperfect through sufferings.
  11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are asanctified are all of bone: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them cbrethren,
  12 Saying, I will declare thy aname unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
  13 And again, I will put my atrust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.
  14 aForasmuch then as the children are partakers of bflesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might cdestroy him that had the power of ddeath, that is, the edevil;
  15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to abondage.
  16 For verily he took not on him the nature of aangels; but he took on him the bseed of Abraham.
  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 areconciliation for the sins of the people.
  18 For in that he himself hath suffered being atempted, he is able to bsuccour them that are tempted.
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