Metropolitan United Methodist Church, Indian Head, MD
Heb 2:5-12
October 3, 2021

Heb 2:5-12

October 3, 2021

Metropolitan UMC, Indian Head, MD

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 Heb 2:5-12

It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified:

“What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    a son of man that you care for him?
You made them a little[a] lower than the angels;
    you crowned them with glory and honor
    and put everything under their feet.”[b][c]

In putting everything under them,[d] God left nothing that is not subject to them.[e] Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.[f] But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, 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 and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.[g] 12 He says,

“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
    in the assembly I will sing your praises.”[h]


The world to come (2:5) is another description of the “salvation” (1:14) that Christians will inherit, the “great salvation” (2:3) which we must not neglect. It is the new order of salvation established by Christ, which we begin to enjoy now but which will come in its fullness at His return. This salvation is the same thing as the glory into which, according to 2:10, God is bringing His people. The author of Hebrews will describe it as the “rest” that the Old Testament wilderness rebels lost (3:7–19) and the heavenly “homeland” that has always been the goal of God’s people (11:13–16).

God is the implied subject of 2:5. He has not subjected this coming world of salvation to the angels. They may help Christians along the way, but they did not provide the means of entrance to that present but yet coming order of salvation, nor do they rule over it. Who then is in charge of this salvation? The answer is implicit in Psalm 110:1, a verse alluded to in Hebrews 1:3 and quoted in 1:13: the Son, to whom God has said, “Sit at my right hand.” Psalm 8:4–7 is quoted in Hebrews 2:6–8a and interpreted in 2:8b–9 in order to elucidate this answer and ultimately to show that the One who thus sat down is Jesus who died for all (see Hebrews 2:9).

Psalm 8 is a hymn addressed by a human being to God. However, the preacher is interested in the content, not the human author, of this psalm. Note how indefinite he is in his identification of the author—there is a place where someone (Heb. 2:6), but the word testified indicates that the content of the psalm is very important. The preacher uses that same word a second time when he introduces a quotation from Jeremiah 31:31–33 at the conclusion of his discussion of Christ’s High Priesthood in Hebrews 10:15. It is an stronger form of the word translated “declared” and used to affirm the witness of Scripture in 7:8 and 7:17. The Revised English Bible catches the awesome nuance of this introduction: “There is somewhere this solemn assurance” (my emphasis).[1]

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Point 2 

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Point 3

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[1] Gareth L. Cockerill, Hebrews: A Bible Commentary in the Wesleyan Tradition (Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 1998), 58–59.

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