Hebrews Chapter 2

With many reminders and warnings, the purpose of the book of Hebrews was to inform Jewish Christians of the power of Christ and solutions that helped rid defiance among the masses. In Hebrews Chapter 2, the focus is on Christ’s superiority and the danger of ignoring God’s wishes.

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Salvation and the Law

The second chapter of Hebrews was meant to remind Christians that Jesus was a man and He was made lower than that of the angels. His death, sacrifice, and mere humanity raised Him, however, to the role of our Lord and Savior.

Paul, the author of Hebrews, wanted Christians to know that the role of Jesus is superior to angels because He placed our salvation in His hands. God placed Him on this earth to help the children of Abraham walk a path of righteousness. God gave His only son to destroy the devil, provide guidance for the tempted, and to be the High Priest with mercy and compassion for His people.

Keeping the Word of God

Hebrews Chapter 2 also warns against drifting. Paul said that we must keep the Word of God at our core in order to ward off sin. When Christians drift, he said, they are in turn neglecting the gift of salvation. The saving of our soul was at stake and should be taken seriously. Christians can avoid falling prey to drifting by paying very close attention to the words that people say. They can also remember that Christ was revealed to them by the Holy Spirit, His Word, and by the apostles who bore witness to his glory.

The Consequences of Disobedience

Disobedience is discussed in Hebrews Chapter 2 as a punishable offense. It is one thing to not follow the angels, but it is far more serious to disobey the Lord. Paul explained that this disobedience would cause our fate on Judgment Day to be dismal. It is then that a disobedient Christian must answer for their sins and transgressions.

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Hebrews 2 (King James Version)

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?

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.

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.

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.

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