Summary: Exposition of Hebrews 2:10-18
January 19, 2003
First Church of the Brethren
H. Kevin Derr
“Jesus stands with us”
10In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through
whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through
suffering. 11Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same
family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. 12He says, “I will declare your name
to my brothers; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.”13And again,
“I will put my trust in him. And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given
14Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by
his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—15and free
those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. 16For surely it is not
angels he helps, but Abraham’s descendants. 17For this reason he had to be made like his
brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in
service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 18Because he
himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.
As we look further into the world of the first century church, through the lense of
primarily Jewish believers, we find God’s action to save humanity in and through Christ Jesus.
With the authority of Jesus established in our previous weeks, we find here the action of God in
Jesus himself. Remember, it was just in the previous section, 2:1-7, that the Son of God is
identified as Jesus of Nazareth. Now, it is Jesus who is the one who blazes the trail for humanity
to be reunited with the Living God.
This is done by the divine champion, Christ Jesus, who breaks the bonds of humanity, so
that we can live and live in relationship with the Living God. It is not done by supernatural
power, but it is done by obedience to the will of God by one man, the Son of God who is Jesus.
This is why Jesus was made a little lower than the angles, and is now exalted to the right hand of
the Living God.
I. It is God who takes action, it is God who is our salvation, our savior. This at times sounds
strange to our ears. We are accustomed to speaking of Jesus as Savior and Lord. Yet, it is
seen here in Hebrews, the old tradition of the people of God, that God himself is the Savior.
A. 10In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through
whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect
1. “In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God”
A. God is bringing many children to glory, God is doing this, but what
exactly is he doing?
1. What does it mean to bring a child to glory?
A. It could mean that those who were not in relationship
with God are now in relationship with God. Yet, the
Hebrew tradition was one of relationship to God.
B. I suppose we could argue for a new type of relationship
with God, but that seems to be a weak argument
2. So what could it suggest? I would argue for a victory over
death, that we can expect to go to God, just as Jesus did.
A. Jesus has been exalted to the right hand of God, he has
B. But the path to that glory was not one that is easily
walked, it involved deep suffering and pain, not for
himself but for others
2. God is identified here as, the one “for whom and through whom everything
A. We are given a unique expression here, it only appears in Hebrews,
through you will find it in other period Hebrew literature.
B. And yet, what the author of Hebrews reminds us of is this, that creation
Is not an accident, nor is it here for itself, all that is exists because of
God, and is sustained and upheld by God, and it is ultimately, not for
us, or anyone else, but God himself.
1. We have been entrusted as stewards of creation, not as owners
of creation. We are here to care for God’s creation, not to use it
for our own ends. It would serve us well to remember this
3. This is not the point of our conversation, it is a reminder included for us, but it
is not the focus. What is the focus of this verse, it was fitting that God should