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Hebrews 2 Recap

Review of Hebrews Chapter 2:

Looking at verses 1-4:

We see that the author warned the Hebrews that they must give the more earnest heed to the words of Christ unless they forget what the Messiah has said and begin to backslide away from the faith.

Beginning with verse 5 we begin to see that men were made a little lower than angels but on earth God has given man dominion (Genesis 1:26). Verse 8 says that God has put all things in subjection under us except for death. Dominion to mankind meant that Man had authority over everything on the earth but obviously we could not stop death.

Hebrews 2:9 says

“But we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels, (meaning that he has become a man like us) for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” – Hebrews 2:9

This verse would properly explain why it was fitting or necessary for Christ to become a man like us because all of us were bound to death, hell, and the judgment of God’s wrath. Christ being God could never die but Christ becoming flesh and blood qualified himself to be able to die. Now being explained in (verse 11)

“For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren,” – Hebrews 2:11

He who sanctifies is Christ and those who are being sanctified is us as believers in Christ. So what verse 11 is saying that since Christ has become a man and we are believers in Christ we are now one with Christ for Christ is not ashamed to call us his brothers.

It was prophesied in Psalm 22:22 that the Christ would do this very thing (That Christ who is God would call mankind who was made a little lower than angels his brothers). The author expounded even the more by quoting Old Testament scriptures such as (2 Samuel 22:3) and (Isaiah 8:18) in verses 12 and 13.

Why did Christ come in flesh and blood according to Hebrews 2:14-15?

Verse 14

Inasmuch then as we are flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death Christ might destroy the devil who had the power of death over all mankind,

Verse 15

and Jesus has come to release us from fear of death because we were all subject to bondage of death.

Death means separation from God. While all men die a natural death, but all men will not partake in the resurrection to life. Since Christ resurrected we will not be separated from God after death, but we will be resurrected just as he was.

Therefore it was necessary for God to become a man (Verse 17), with Him becoming a man He is able to come to our aid and be merciful towards us. He was tempted just like we are in every way but He overcame every temptation. Therefore he is able to sympathize with us and deliver us in our times of trials. If he had took on the form of an angel this would not have been possible for him to experience our trials. Therefore he wouldn't have been able to conquer sin and death for us.

He was tempted on every side as we are yet without sin- Hebrews 4:15

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