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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)