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Our Salvation Is Great
1So we must be more careful to follow what we were taught. Then we will not be pulled away from the truth. 2The teaching that God spoke through angels was shown to be true. And anyone who did not follow it or obey it received the punishment he earned. 3The salvation that was given to us is very great. So surely we also will be punished if we live as if this salvation were not important. It was the Lord himself who first told about this salvation. And those who heard him proved to us that this salvation is true. 4God also proved it by using wonders, great signs, and many kinds of miracles. And he proved it by giving people gifts through the Holy Spirit, just as he wanted.
Christ Became Like Men
5God did not choose angels to be the rulers of the new world that was coming. It is that future world we have been talking about. 6It is written somewhere in the Scriptures,
“Why is man important to you?
Why do you take care of the son of man?# This can mean any, but the name “Son of Man” is often used to mean Jesus. When Jesus became a man, he showed what God planned for all people to be.
7For a short time you made him lower than the angels.
But you crowned him with glory and honor.
8You put all things under his control.” Psalm 8:4-6
If God put everything under his control, there was nothing left that he did not rule. But we do not yet see him ruling over everything. 9But we see Jesus! For a short time he was made lower than the angels. But now we see him wearing a crown of glory and honor because he suffered and died. Because of God’s grace, he died for everyone.
10God is the One who made all things. And all things are for his glory. God wanted to have many sons share his glory. So God made perfect the One who leads people to salvation. He made Jesus a perfect Savior through Jesus’ suffering.
11Jesus, who makes people holy, and those who are made holy are from the same family. So he is not ashamed to call them his brothers. 12He says,
“Then, I will tell my fellow Israelites about you.
I will praise you when your people meet to worship you.” Psalm 22:22
13He also says,
And he also says,
14These children are people with physical bodies. So Jesus himself became like them and had the same experiences they have. He did this so that, by dying, he could destroy the one who has the power of death. That one is the devil. 15Jesus became like men and died so that he could free them. They were like slaves all their lives because of their fear of death. 16Clearly, it is not angels that Jesus helps, but the people who are from Abraham.# Most respected ancestor of the Jews. Every Jew hoped to see Abraham. 17For this reason Jesus had to be made like his brothers in every way. He became like men so that he could be their merciful and faithful high priest in service to God. Then Jesus could bring forgiveness for their sins. 18And now he can help those who are tempted. He is able to help because he himself suffered and was tempted.