The pioneer

We must pay careful attention to what we have heard in case we drift away.

If the message delivered by angels was binding, and every violation or disobedience received deserving punishment, how can we hope to escape if we ignore this great deliverance? This deliverance, which was first announced by the Lord himself, was then confirmed to us by those who’d heard him speak. God also bore testimony by signs, wonders, miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit which were distributed according to his will.

For it isn’t to the angels that God has subjected the future world of which we’ve been speaking, because there’s a place where someone has written: “What is man that you should think about him, or the son of man that you should care for him? You have made him for a little while lower than the angels: you have crowned him with glory and honour, and given him authority over everything.”

In putting everything under him, God left nothing outside of man’s authority – but we don’t yet see everything under his authority. What we do see is Jesus, who was made for a little while lower than the angels, but is now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death. Yes, by the grace of God, he tasted death for everyone.

Now, in bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was only right that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation a perfect leader through suffering. And both the one who makes people pure and those who are made pure are of the same family. That’s why Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters, for he says: “I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters: I will sing your praises in the assembly.”

He also says: “I will put my trust in him.”

And again he says: “Here am I, and the children God has given me.”

Because these children are made of flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity, so that by his death he could break the power of him who holds the threat of death –  that is, the devil –  and liberate those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

For we know that he didn’t come to help the angels –  he came to help the descendants of Abraham. For this reason he had to be made like them, fully human in every respect, so that he could become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, and he could make atonement for the sins of the people. Since he himself suffered when he was tested, he is able to help all those who are undergoing tests.


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