Hebrews Chapter 2
Viewing the Standard King James Version (Pure Cambridge). Click to switch to 1611 King James Version of Hebrews Chapter 2
14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
|<< Hebrews Chapter 1||
Share Hebrews Chapter 2:
Matthew Henry's Hebrews Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
The duty of stedfastly adhering to Christ and his gospel. (1-4) His sufferings are no objection against his pre-eminence. (5-9) The reason of his sufferings, and the fitness of them. (10-13) Christ's taking the nature of man, and not his taking the nature of angels, was necessary to his priestly office. (14-18)1-4 Christ being proved to be superior to the angels, this doctrine is applied. Our minds and memories are like a leaky vessel, they do not, without much care, retain what is poured into them. This proceeds from the corruption of our nature, temptations, worldly cares, and pleasures. Sinning against the gospel is neglect of this great salvation; it is a contempt of the saving grace of God in Christ, making light of it, not caring for it, not regarding either the worth of gospel grace, or the want of it, and our undone state without it. The Lord's judgments under the gospel dispensation are chiefly spiritual, but are on that account the more to be dreaded. Here is an appeal to the consciences of sinners. Even partial neglects will not escape rebukes; they often bring darkness on the souls they do not finally ruin. The setting forth the gospel was continued and confirmed by those who heard Christ, by the evangelists and apostles, who were witnesses of what Jesus Christ began both to do and to teach; and by the gifts of the Holy Ghost, qualified for the work to which they were called. And all this according to God's own will. It was the will of God that we should have sure ground for our faith, and a strong foundation for our hope in receiving the gospel. Let us mind this one thing needful, and attend to the Holy Scriptures, written by those who heard the words of our gracious Lord, and were inspired by his Spirit; then we shall be blessed with the good part that cannot be taken away.
5-9 Neither the state in which the church is at present, nor its more completely restored state, when the prince of this world shall be cast out, and the kingdoms of the earth become the kingdom of Christ, is left to the government of the angels: Christ will take to him his great power, and will reign. And what is the moving cause of all the kindness God shows to men in giving Christ for them and to them? it is the grace of God. As a reward of Christ's humiliation in suffering death, he has unlimited dominion over all things; thus this ancient scripture was fulfilled in him. Thus God has done wonderful things for us in creation and providence, but for these we have made the basest returns.
10-13 Whatever the proud, carnal, and unbelieving may imagine or object, the spiritual mind will see peculiar glory in the cross of Christ, and be satisfied that it became Him, who in all things displays his own perfections in bringing many sons to glory, to make the Author of their salvation perfect through sufferings. His way to the crown was by the cross, and so must that of his people be. Christ sanctifies; he has purchased and sent the sanctifying Spirit: the Spirit sanctifies as the Spirit of Christ. True believers are sanctified, endowed with holy principles and powers, set apart to high and holy uses and purposes. Christ and believers are all of one heavenly Father, who is God. They are brought into relation with Christ. But the words, his not being ashamed to call them brethren, express the high superiority of Christ to the human nature. This is shown from three texts of Scripture. See #Ps 22:22; 18:2; Isa 8:18|.
14-18 The angels fell, and remained without hope or help. Christ never designed to be the Saviour of the fallen angels, therefore he did not take their nature; and the nature of angels could not be an atoning sacrifice for the sin of man. Here is a price paid, enough for all, and suitable to all, for it was in our nature. Here the wonderful love of God appeared, that, when Christ knew what he must suffer in our nature, and how he must die in it, yet he readily took it upon him. And this atonement made way for his people's deliverance from Satan's bondage, and for the pardon of their sins through faith. Let those who dread death, and strive to get the better of their terrors, no longer attempt to outbrave or to stifle them, no longer grow careless or wicked through despair. Let them not expect help from the world, or human devices; but let them seek pardon, peace, grace, and a lively hope of heaven, by faith in Him who died and rose again, that thus they may rise above the fear of death. The remembrance of his own sorrows and temptations, makes Christ mindful of the trials of his people, and ready to help them. He is ready and willing to succour those who are tempted, and seek him. He became man, and was tempted, that he might be every way qualified to succour his people, seeing that he had passed through the same temptations himself, but continued perfectly free from sin. Then let not the afflicted and tempted despond, or give place to Satan, as if temptations made it wrong for them to come to the Lord in prayer. Not soul ever perished under temptation, that cried unto the Lord from real alarm at its danger, with faith and expectation of relief. This is our duty upon our first being surprised by temptations, and would stop their progress, which is our wisdom.
Tony's Hebrews Chapter 2 comment on 3/13/2013, 10:26am...
This scripture reminds me of who I am and who I belong to, and what Christ did for me. I cannot get lost in the things of this world and the lust of my flesh, but I must diligently seek him and put God first in every thing I do.
Cheri's Hebrews Chapter 2 comment on 2/14/2013, 1:36am...
How wonderful art thou, JESUS, THE LAMB OF GOD.
Magdalena's Hebrews Chapter 2 comment on 1/10/2013, 9:52pm...
Verse 18: I have a heartfelt gratitude to the Lord for this. He knows that we will be tried with temptations, yet he is right there beside us and even became as a man and was tempted as one of us. This is so powerful to me.
Nor Lagunay's Hebrews Chapter 2 comment on 12/30/2012, 2:48am...
About verse 9, yes indeed he was a little bit lowered than angels in physical form, only as he was a man (for all the fullness of the God head dwelleth in him). He was the word that became flesh and the word was God) to offer his life for my sins and all mankindís. Thank you Lord Jesus for saving such a wretched like me.
Diane Spencer's Hebrews Chapter 2 comment about verse 9 on 11/23/2012, 10:43am...
"But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for suffering death." The whole reason He was made a little lower than the angels was for suffering of death. Only in bodily form, in the likeness of man, complete with a central nervous system and limited by mortality can one suffer, and die.
Timothy Wayne George's Hebrews Chapter 2 comment on 7/15/2012, 12:54pm...
Jesus became a man, so that he could taste death for every man by the grace of God. We must be careful not to drift away, because there is only one name given unto man where by we must be saved, and that name is Jesus. Jesus learned obedience by the things he suffered, even the death on the cross. He is our perfect, and merciful high priest who intercedes for us in heaven before the Father. We no longer have to fear death, because Jesus destroyed the devil who had the power of death when He rose from the dead the third day. Victory is ours, and one day Jesus will sing our name before his saints in heaven. Thank God for your suffering, for we too will be perfected by the things we suffer for Christ. We are blessed we are free to worship the Lord without fear. Yet persecution is coming, and we too may have to lay down our lives for the Gospel. May the Lord give us the grace when that time comes, and may we say into thy hands I commit my spirit.
Lamount's Hebrews Chapter 2 comment on 4/23/2012, 9:48am...
Hebrews chapter 2, spells out for us the significance God has placed on our being saved by the blood of the lamb. Given the obedience that Jesus confered to us in doing what he did not have to, knowing the cost and sacrifice that awaited him took on a task that no man could begin to understand; gave His life that we might live and not only live but in the by and by get to see not only He who made us but also the Father.
What Do You Think of Hebrews 2?
Share your own thoughts or commentary here...
Test Your Knowledge of Hebrews Chapter 2
|<< Hebrews Chapter 1|