Thursday, October 21, 2010

Hebrews 2:5-13

5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified:
"What are mere mortals that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
7 You made them a little lower than the angels; 

you crowned them with glory and honor
8 and put everything under their feet."
In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

10 In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. 11 Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. 12 He says, 

"I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; 

in the assembly I will sing your praises."
13 And again, 

"I will put my trust in him." 

And again he says, 

"Here am I, and the children God has given me."

Questions to consider:

  • For what high destiny does God create man?
  • To what extent has man succeeded in ruling the earth and himself?
  • What is the purpose of Jesus becoming a man? To what extent has he identified with man?
  • What is your new relationship to Christ?
  • How will this relationship affect your destiny to rule the world to come?
  • How does it affect your daily living?

Possibilities for prayer:

It’s pretty cool that we, as humans, are made lower than the angels, and yet God has placed all the world under our feet. And related to that, the idea that those who are made holy belong with the one who makes us holy, is an exciting one. It means that we are welcomed into God’s family, despite being in so many ways unworthy. What an exciting and powerful thing to be called the brothers and sisters of Christ! Let’s take some time to think about what it means to be in the family of God, and to thank God for that privilege.