“For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. 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. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. 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; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 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. For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.” (Hebrews 2:5–18, KJV)
The world to come is not put in subjection to Angels, but to something greater than the angels.
Here’s why you should have had a note file open, or a user book or a topic note or a whatever, to be making notes on this series. Hebrews will (like Romans) take a single thought and RUN with it for entire chapters. It builds (like Romans) upon a single thought for quite some time.
Here’s an issue raised by James Orr in The Fundamentals: Loosely paraphrasing, when you examine these kinds of claims, we see that Jesus Christ is God. Orr claims there is really no “Smoking Gun” verse that claims Jesus is God (I disagree, but he – like many preachers of the day – bought the RV Bible when it first came out and was inspired by it). Orr however points out that when you examine all the evidence of the entire Bible, the claim is overwhelming. Indeed, I agree with Orr in this, that the entire Bible seems to base itself on this.
Chapter one explained that Jesus Christ could not simply be an Angel. Now we are examining the most commonly based supposition about Jesus Christ – that He was a mere man. If you deny the Virgin Birth, you are staking the claim you do not believe Jesus Christ is God. And again, James Orr says in The Fundamentals that it is only rarely that someone denies the Virgin Birth without denying other Biblical doctrines as well.
Was Jesus Christ a man? 100% yes. Was He God? 100% yes. This doctrine is known as the Hypostatic Union, the premise that Jesus Christ was, is, and always will be God, and is and will be Man. He took on our infirmaties, our weaknesses. He was in all things tempted as we are, yet He was obedient and sinned not.
The first verse of Hebrews 2 finishes the proposition of Hebrews 1 – That Jesus Christ is more than an Angel. If Jesus Christ is more than and higher than an Angel, what left is there but God?
An additional point for my Messianic readers (I still have a few, apparently) – if the Law was given by the Angels, and Jesus Christ is more than an Angel, then His authority is higher than the law.
Once the Lord took on Human nature, He could now do two things – keep the law for us, and then abolish it as “Completed”, and also to then – as the spotless lamb of God – pay the ultimate price for our sins. This was how God Himself set things up, that He would do all this.
Really, often we complicate things mentally. We try to say that Christianity is too complicated to sum up in little one sentence phrases, but really, it’s not. We couldn’t be righteous and deserve punishment, so God came and died for us that we may live. All those simple little phrases… “He spread His arms and died for me”, “It was then that I carried you…”, “Jesus Paid it all…” yup, can’t add anything more to it than that! Really, Christianity is the ultimate religion for the couch potato. If someone came by and threw a big bag of primo super potato chips to you, and you were holding a bag of stale, cheap potato chips, you’d have to drop the ones you had, and grab the good, big bag of salt and vinegar chips that they threw to you.
It’s really oversimplyfying,, but ultimately, that’s what Salvation is – repent and accept. Admit, believe, repent, confess. ABRC. (I’m adapting the spectacularly failed Southern Baptist slogan of a few years ago, the “ABC”s of Salvation”).