Hebrews Chapter 2

November 1, 2013

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Hebrews. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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As we discussed last week, the recipients of this letter were thinking about turning away from following Jesus. They were dealing with intense cultural persecution and false teachers and they were considering just giving up.

As we move in to Hebrews 2 the writer tells us how important it is to pay careful attention to what we have heard so that we don’t drift away. This is why it is so important to develop spiritual disciplines in our daily life for reading, studying, and meditating on the Word of God.

Hebrews 2:1-18 (NIV)
1 We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. 5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified: “What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 7 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor 8 and put everything under his feet.” 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. 9 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. 10 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. 11 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. 12 He says, “I will declare your name to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.” 13 And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” 14 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–that is, the devil– 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17 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. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.

Hebrews 2:1-4

When Paul wrote his letters, he would usually take the first several chapters to develop doctrine, and then he would write about the practical application in the remaining chapters. The writer of Hebrews tends to make practical applications as he moves throughout the letter. In Chapter 1 the writer developed the idea of Jesus being the ultimate way that God speaks to us, and now in this chapter the writer applies that by saying we need to pay more careful attention to what we have heard from Him and to not ignore the message of a great salvation that Jesus announced and confirmed by His miracles.

Hebrews 2:5-18

What is the great salvation? Jesus has made a way for us to have full and abundant now and forever life. He has broken the hold the enemy had over us. He has set us free from death. He has rescued us from this present evil age.

He did it because He loved us. Even though we were mired in sin, He sees the beauty of our potential, and He makes a way for us to be restored into life.

Our identity had been stolen and lost at the fall. Though initially created in the image of God, sin had caused us to no longer reflect the image.

Genesis 1:27 (NIV)
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

God created us in His image and gave us dominion which we lost in the fall. Look at what happens in Genesis 5:

Genesis 5:1-3 (NIV)
1 This is the written account of Adam’s line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man.” 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth.

We were no longer image bearers. Seth means “substituted”. Seth was a substitute for Abel, but the image of God had been lost and the image of man substituted. But Jesus, makes it possible for us to be restored, once again becoming the image bearers of God.

Hebrews 1:3 (NIV)
3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.

2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)
4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

2 Corinthians 3:18 (NIV)
18 And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

1 Corinthians 15:49 (NIV)
49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.

This is what the writer is talking about when he says that Jesus might bring many sons to glory. We have been lifted up in Christ, by Christ, becoming in Him so completely of the same family that we are called by Jesus “My brothers”.

Jesus did it for you and for me. He came, lived a perfect sinless life, suffered, died, defeated death, rose , and now sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us so that we can experience full and abundant now and forever life in Him.

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