1So we must pay more careful attention to what we have heard. Then we will not drift away from it.2Even the message God spoke through angels had to be obeyed. Every time people broke the Law, they were punished. Every time they didn't obey, they were punished.3Then how will we escape if we don't pay attention to God's great salvation? The Lord first announced that salvation. Those who heard him gave us the message about it.4God gave witness to it through signs and wonders. He gave witness through different kinds of miracles. He also gave witness through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. He gave them out as it pleased him.
Jesus Was Made Like His Brothers
5God has not put angels in charge of the world that is going to come. We are talking about that world.6There is a place where someone has given witness to it. He said, “What is a human being that you think about him? What is the son of man that you take care of him?7You made him a little lower than the angels. You placed on him a crown of glory and honor.8You have put everything under his control.” So God has put everything under him. Everything is under his control. We do not now see everything under his control. (Ps 8:4)9But we do see Jesus already given a crown of glory and honor. He was made a little lower than the angels. He suffered death. By the grace of God, he tasted death for everyone. That is why he was given his crown.10God has made everything. He has acted in exactly the right way. He is bringing his many sons and daughters to share in his glory. To do so, he has made the One who saved them perfect because of his sufferings.11The One who makes people holy and the people he makes holy belong to the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters.12He says, “I will announce your name to my brothers and sisters. I will sing your praises among those who worship you.” (Ps 22:22)13Again he says, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here I am. Here are the children God has given me.” (Isa 8:17; Isa 8:18)14Those children have bodies made out of flesh and blood. So Jesus became human like them in order to die for them. By doing that, he could destroy the one who rules over the kingdom of death. I'm talking about the devil.15Jesus could set people free who were afraid of death. All their lives they were held as slaves by that fear.16It is certainly Abraham's children that he helps. He doesn't help angels.17So he had to be made like his brothers in every way. Then he could serve God as a kind and faithful high priest. And then he could pay for the sins of the people by dying for them.18He himself suffered when he was tempted. Now he is able to help others who are being tempted.
5For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. (Heb 6:5)6It has been testified somewhere, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? (Ps 8:4)7You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor,8putting everything in subjection under his feet.” Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. (1Co 15:25)9But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. (Mt 16:28; Joh 8:52; Joh 10:17; Joh 12:32; Ac 2:33; Ac 3:13; Php 2:7; Heb 2:7; 1Pe 1:21)10For it was fitting that he, for whom and by whom all things exist, in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. (Lu 13:32; Lu 24:26; Ro 8:30; Ro 11:36; Php 3:12; Heb 3:1; Heb 5:9; Heb 7:28)11For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers, (Mt 25:40; Ac 17:28; Heb 10:10; Heb 10:14; Heb 10:29; Heb 13:12)12saying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.” (Ps 22:22; Heb 12:23)13And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again, “Behold, I and the children God has given me.” (Ps 18:2; Isa 8:17; Isa 8:18; Isa 12:2; Joh 17:2)14Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, (Joh 1:14; Joh 16:11; 1Co 15:54; Col 2:15; 2Ti 1:10; 1Jo 3:8)15and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. (Ro 8:15)16For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham. (Isa 41:8; Heb 8:9)17Therefore he had to be made like his brothers in every respect, so that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. (Ro 15:17; Php 2:7; Heb 4:15; Heb 5:1; Heb 5:2; Heb 5:7)18For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Lu 22:28; Heb 4:15)