Pastor Tony Sanelli of Grace Bible Church in Pleasant Hill is preaching a series through the book of Hebrews. Below is a summary of his 5 sermons of Hebrews 2. Hyperlinks to the audio MP3 are provided.

Sermon 1 – The Danger of Drifting from the Gospel (Hebrews 2:1-4)

A Loving Warning (v.1)

  • There is a danger with imperceptibly drifting away from the gospel. The remedy is a devout pursuit of gospel understanding and recollection.

A Piercing Question (v.2-3a)

  • Using an argument from the lesser to the greater (Deuteronomy 33:2), the author asks the rhetorical question, “How shall we escape?” (Hebrews 10:26-30) What is at stake is the great salvation that is found in Christ alone.

A Closing Assurance (v.3b-4)

  • The gospel can be trusted. The gospel was first declared by the Lord (Mark 1:14; Luke 24:46-47), attested to us by those who heard (1 Corinthians 15:3-5; 1 John 1:1-3), and testified to by God Himself. (John 10:38; Acts 2:22; 2 Corinthians 12:12)

Sermon 2 – Jesus: From Humiliation to Exaltation (Hebrews 2:5-9)

Christ’s Humiliation (v.5-8)

  • Jesus the God-man, not angels, will rule the world to come.
  • Hebrews sees Jesus as the ultimate fulfillment of Psalm 8.

Christ’s Exaltation (v.9)

  • We do not presently see all things in submission to man.
  • We do see Jesus crowned with glory and honor.
  • Christ’s exaltation is not despite of His suffering but the result of His suffering.
  • There is tension between Psalm 110:1 (Hebrews 1:13) and Psalm 8 (Hebrews 2:8)

Sermon 3 – Bringing Many Souls to Glory (Hebrews 2:10-18)

Christ Our Captain (v.10)

  • Jesus is the founder of our salvation.
  • Jesus was perfected through suffering, but this does mean Jesus was morally imperfected. (Hebrews 4:15; 7:26-27)

Christ Our Brother (v.11-13)

  • There is a strong familial tone in this passage.
  • Christ and believers are from the same family. (Psalm 22; Isaiah 8)
  • The incarnation was absolutely necessary for Christ’s atoning work of salvation.

Sermon 4 – Bringing Many Souls to Glory Part 2 (Hebrews 2:10-18)

Christ Our Deliverer (v.14-18)

  • Christ delivered us by destroying the devil. (Genesis 3:15; Romans 16:20; 1 Peter 5:8; Revelation 20:2,10) Christ delivered us from bondage.
  • Christ delivered us by partaking in flesh and blood (Hebrews 2:17) and dying a physical death. (Colossians 2:14)

Sermon 5 – Why Did the Son of God Become a Man?

1. To Become a Merciful and Faithful High Priest

  • What is a Priest? (Job 9:33; Isaiah 59:2; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 5:1-2)
  • What did the High Priest do? (Leviticus 16)
  • Jesus is merciful (Hosea 4:4-9; Mark 1:40)
  • Jesus is faithful (John 19:30)

2. To Make Propitiation for Sins

  • Illustration of the two goats on the Day of Atonement to explain the difference between propitiation and expiation. (Leviticus 16)

3. To Help Those Who Are Being Tempted

  • Jesus can help because he has suffered when tempted.
  • Temptation is essentially an enticement to put our will above God’s and choose the easier path.
  • Jesus indeed helps those who are being tempted. (Isaiah 41:10,13; 1 Corinthians 10:13; Hebrews 4:15-16)

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