Having used Hebrews Chapter 1, as a spring board into the epistle by looking at the chapter as an introduction to the epistle, we are reminded in the opening verses of Chapter 2, of the continuing context of its very important message. The superiority of Christ, and the fulfillment of the “Eternal Promise of the Christ”, and the “One Superior Gift” represented in Christ are all found repeatedly in the broader context of the letter written to the Church.
To remind us of the context we must review the first chapter to understand the conclusions drawn and adapted to the readers, both in the first century and in 2018 and beyond.
These instructions are not simply defined by a formula of procedures, or steps designed to result in a more complete child of God. Rather they are written with compassion, love and zeal for the body of Christ which we know as the Church.
As we look at the opening words of v1 of Chapter 2, the writer assumes several things about the readers:
- They are members of the body of Christ, for they have heard, believed in and daily walk in the Gospel of Christ as fellow believers in the blood of the everlasting covenant.
- They understand the preceding (may / my not believe)14 verses from Chapter 1.
- Christ is the superior message and speaker over the prophets and angels. (Heb 1:1-2)
- Christ is the prefect sacrifice for the sins of his people. (Heb 1:3-4)
- Christ is the exact image of God representing his deity and authority. (Heb 1:3-4)
- Christ is ruling from heaven with all authority and power. (Heb 1:3-4, 5-13)
- Christ is greater than all the messengers before him (Heb 1:14)
The message of God, spoken, written, and testified to in creation and the events of providence, through all messengers is, was and continues “for the specific ministry to those about to inherit salvation” is the summary and conclusion of (Heb 1:1-13, v14)