Prepared by Dr. John E. Marshall
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.
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