God Put Jesus in Charge of Everything

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Destiny

The writer asks his readers to pay attention to the truth they have heard so that they won’t drift away into false teaching. In chapter one we saw Jesus as the Son of God, the creator and sustainer of the universe, the heir of all things, seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Now in chapter two we see Him in quite a different light. He is pictured here as the Son of man, suffering and dying for poor, lost sinners. The writer makes an urgent appeal for men not to neglect salvation (vv. 1-4). The warning seems to have been directed to non-Christians, specifically Jews, who had been intellectually convinced of the gospel but had failed to receive it for themselves. If the neglect and disobedience of the word spoken by angels was not left unpunished, much less will it be tolerated if we neglect the gospel which the Lord of angels preached, and was confirmed by the voice of the apostles, and with so many signs and wonders from heaven, and especially with great and mighty working of the Holy Spirit (v. 3). The author teaches us what man’s intended destiny is, how and why it was lost, and how it can be recovered through Christ:

  1. Man’s destiny revealed by God (vv. 5-8). When God created man, He made  him lower than angels. Man is confined to the earth while angels have access to the throne of God.
  2. Man’s destiny restricted by Sin (v. 8b). The earth originally was subject to man but because of Adam’s fall man is now subject to the earth.
  3. Man’s destiny recovered by Christ (v. 9). Christ  came to die for us  that we might have life forever with Him.

Application

When I’m confused by present day events and anxious about the future, I need to remember Jesus’ true position and authority. He is Lord of all and one day He will rule on earth as He does now in Heaven. This truth can give stability to my decisions day by day.

Hebrews 2:1-9 (English Standard Version)

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For since the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution, how shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation? It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard, while God also bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Now it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere, "What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet." Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

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