Warning Against Neglecting Salvation
1Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. 2For since #See Acts 7:53 the message declared by angels proved to be reliable, and #[ch. 10:28; Num. 15:30, 31; Deut. 4:3; 17:2, 5, 12; 27:26] every transgression or disobedience received a just #ch. 10:35; 11:26retribution, 3#[ch. 10:28, 29; 12:25] how shall we escape if we #Matt. 22:5 (Gk.) neglect such a great salvation? It was #ch. 1:2 declared at first by the Lord, and it was #Mark 16:20; [Acts 5:32] attested to us #[Luke 1:2]by those who heard, 4#[See ver. 3 above] while God also bore witness #Acts 2:22, 43 by signs and wonders and various miracles and by #[1 Cor. 12:4, 11] gifts of the Holy Spirit #[Eph. 1:5]distributed according to his will.
The Founder of Salvation
5For it was not to angels that God subjected the world #ch. 6:5to come, of which we are speaking. 6It has been testified somewhere,
# Cited from Ps. 8:4-6 “What is man, that you are mindful of him,
or the son of man, that you care for him?
7You made him for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned him with glory and honor,#2:7 Some manuscripts insert and set him over the works of your hands
8putting everything in subjection under his feet.”
Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, #[1 Cor. 15:25]we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. 9But we see him #ver. 7 who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, #Acts 3:13; 1 Pet. 1:21; See Acts 2:33 crowned with glory and honor #Phil. 2:7-9; See John 10:17 because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might #Matt. 16:28; John 8:52 taste death #See John 12:32for everyone.
10For it #[Luke 24:26] was fitting that he, #Rom. 11:36 for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons #[ch. 3:1; Rom. 8:30] to glory, should make the #[ch. 5:9] founder of their salvation #ch. 5:9; 7:28; Luke 13:32; [Phil. 3:12]perfect through suffering. 11For #ch. 13:12 he who sanctifies and #ch. 10:10, 14, 29 those who are sanctified #Acts 17:28 all have one source.#2:11 Greek all are of one That is why he is not ashamed to call them #Matt. 25:40brothers,#2:11 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 12 12saying,
# Cited from Ps. 22:22 “I will tell of your name to my brothers;
in the midst of the #ch. 12:23congregation I will sing your praise.”
# [Ps. 18:2; Isa. 8:17; 12:2] “I will put my trust in him.”
# Cited from Isa. 8:18 “Behold, I and the children #See John 17:2God has given me.”
14Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise #See John 1:14 partook of the same things, that #See 1 Cor. 15:54-56 through death he might #[Col. 2:15; 2 Tim. 1:10] destroy #1 John 3:8; [John 16:11]the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15and deliver all those who #See Rom. 8:15through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. 16For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he #Isa. 41:8, 9; [ch. 8:9]helps the offspring of Abraham. 17Therefore he had #Phil. 2:7 to be made like his brothers in every respect, #ch. 4:15, 16; [ch. 5:2, 7, 8] so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest #ch. 5:1; Rom. 15:17in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18For because he himself has suffered #ch. 4:15; Luke 22:28when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.