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Hebrews 2:10

Written by twilliams. Posted in Hebrews 2

Hebrews 2:10

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

Introduction

The cross was (and is) a stumbling block to unbelieving Jews. However, to all who believe, the cross is the steppingstone to Heaven. We do not despise the cross. We lovingly kiss it. Thus our author continues his effort to remove scandal from the cross.

Heb. 2:10a “For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things,..”

All things are “for” God the Father, and “by” Him. Nothing surprises Him, in everything He accomplishes His purposes. We do not understand all the methods of His government. His ways are “past finding out.” However, we have insight enough to see that the plan of salvation He devised for us “became Him.” The cross was a fitting thing for Him to do. It was consistent with His character. “Never was God more Godlike than when, in the person of Jesus, He was crucified for our sins” (Pink).

It was becoming of God, who is love, to do this amazing thing. Only a God of love could conceive such a plan, and carry it to fruition.

Heb. 2:10b “…in bringing many sons unto glory,…”It is hard to know which is more amazing: God allowing His only begotten Son to come from Heaven to Earth, or God allowing adopted sons to come from Earth to Heaven. Our plan of salvation “becomes” God, for only a God of love would want us in Heaven.

Believers will som

Hebrews 2:8b-13

Written by twilliams. Posted in Hebrews 2

Hebrews 2:8b-13

Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall

HEBREWS 2:8b “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.”

God created man to rule creation, but since man rebelled against God; the creation has been allowed to rebel against man. We were made to be kings, but our crown is tarnished, our throne is stained. Instead of rest and ease, we have to labor and toil.

Man was meant to have dominion, but instead, as Paul rightly put it, “Sin hath reigned” (RM 5:21). Instead of being a race of sovereigns, we have been a race of murderers, liars, thieves, and gluttons. The story of humanity is not a pleasant one.

In viewing our world, it is easy to be pessimistic. Nature is in rebellion against us. We hear of earthquakes, floods, famines, and storms. We also groan over our rebellion against God. The news tells us of wars, oppression, cruelty, and selfishness.

We see folly, godlessness, and ineptness, all around us. It would be easy to adopt a position of fatalistic despair. Many do. Believers, however, see something, which rescues them from abject cynicism. We cast our gaze into another world, and the sight enraptures us. What is this heart-lifting sight? What can rescue me from an attitude of despondency? Our author says,

HEBREWS 2:9a “BUT WE SEE JESUS,”

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