-The salvation that is in Jesus Christ, our faithful High Priest and propitiation (the act of atoning for sin, reconciling) for our sins (Hebrews 2:17), is something we must pay careful attention to and not drift away from (Hebrews 2:1). It is a reliable message that we cannot neglect (Hebrews 2:2-3). God has born witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, which He distributed (and distributes even now) to man according to His will (Hebrews 2:4). *Application* The work of Christ is what we must accept if we are to encounter right standing with the Lord and become His child. Children share in flesh and blood, and the Lord Jesus took on flesh and blood to partake of the same things we encounter, even death, that He might destroy the one who has power over death, that is, the devil (Hebrews 2:13b-14). If we do not accept this plan of God for salvation, we cannot become His. He who was made for a while a lower than the angels has now been crowned with glory and honor and puts everything in subjection under His feet (Psalms 8:4-6, the word elohim [plural] could be translated God or gods or heavenly beings, I, like many translations including the Septuagint, take it to mean angels as Hebrews understands it, Hebrews 2:6-8).
-Presently we do not see everything subjected to Him (Hebrews 2:8). This is the “now, but not yet” quality of the Kingdom described articulately by George E. Ladd, Darrell Bock, and Craig Blaising among others. Christ Jesus has certainly initiated His Kingdom with His eathly life, His atoning death, resurrected life, and the sending of His Holy Spirit, but there is still work to be done in the eradicating of all evil. This is the point that the author is making here. *Application* We are soldiers on a mission of love for the sake of Christ’s Kingdom. Fight the good fight and endure to the end, when you will get your reward (Daniel 2:44, 1 Timothy 6:12, 2 Timothy 4:7). He will come and make all things new (Revelation 21:5).
-Christ Jesus proves the superior as He went through the suffering and shame of becoming lower than the angels, and has now been given the Name above all names as King of kings and Lord of lords (Acts 4:12, 1 Timothy 6:14-16, Hebrews 2:10, 18, Revelation 17:14; 19:16). He is the One for whom and by whom all things exist (Hebrews 2:10). This describes His Deity and worthiness (Revelation 4:11; 5:12). He was tempted in all things proving that He IS ABLE to help those of us who are being tempted (Hebrews 2:18; 4:15). He is our constant help in time of trouble (Hebrews 4:16). *Application* The love of Christ reaches down to us by His grace and pulls us out of the pit of sin that we find ourselves in if we simply trust in His provision (Hebrews 2:13). He is our way out; He is the life; He is the truth (John 4:16). Believe in the Lord Jesus and be saved! He is able!
Verse to Memorize- Hebrews 2:17