Message in the Hebrews (8)

The superiority of Jesus Christ continued.

“For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels.: Hebrews 2:5, NKJV. The author of the Hebrews continues the discourse on the superiority of Jesus, the Messiah. The “word to come” above, refers to the new world, the Kingdom of God ushered in by the Messiah, Jesus Christ. Jesus confirmed that He is the Kingdom of God. “nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:21, NKJV. The “within you is, literally, “in your midst,” referring to Jesus who was among those He spoke to, the Pharisees. The Pharisees did not have the kingdom of God in them.

God did not subject the “world to come” to angels because the angels did not have the power to restore God’s image in the humankind. Only in the Son, Jesus Christ, could God accomplish His purpose for the helpless humankind. The author of the Hebrews quotes several verses from the Old Covenant Scriptures, to prove that it is to Jesus that God the Father subjected the “world to come.” He adds; speaking of the age before the coming of the Messiah; “we do not yet see all things under him.” Why? “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews 2:8, 9, NKJV.

Jesus, the Second Adam, representative of the new humankind was, like the first Adam, made a little lower than the angels. In the body of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha, God, through the wonderful exchange on the cross, accomplished His plan for the humankind. Jesus, as the old humankind hung on the cross at Golgotha, tasted the eternal, the second death, for the entire humankind that sinned in the garden of Eden. Jesus’ death, on the cross at Golgotha, was not a vicarious death, as some maintain. The sinful life of the humankind died forever, in the body of Jesus Christ, on the cross at Golgotha. The God-incarnate, the Son, by fully identifying Himself with both, God and the sinful humankind, bridged the gap between God and the humankind, caused by sin thus; He established for us the same unity He has with our God the Father.

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Dan Lazich

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