This third lesson on Hebrews helps us to understand, in light of Christ's supremacy, the depth of His sacrifice. The author is continuing to help us discover how supreme (great) Christ is.
In verse 5 we get a brief description of the “world to come.” A different way this could be translated is “the world that is about to be."
So, what is this world that is coming? This verse is speaking about the resolution of history, when God will remake the earth by purifying and perfecting it.
This new earth and new Jerusalem will be the awesome inheritance that Christ will be given, with the Church in it as His perfect bride. This new earth will be a place without death, or pain, or mourning, or tears. We will live with God in a perfect relationship.
We see in verse 5 of chapter 2 in this third lesson on Hebrews that this “world to come” will not be subject to the angels. The Greek word that is translated as “subjection” is the same word that was used to discuss the arranging soldiers in their ranks and formations.
word could also be translated as authority, dominion, or control over.
So, in other words, the new earth that God has promised will not be
controlled by the Angels.
We're left to ask the question:
"Who will have authority in the new earth?"
are a quote of Psalm 8. By quoting this psalm the author is reminding us that:
This is another amazing time when the Holy Spirit inspired the author of Psalm 8 to write scripture that would not only be important for His time, but would also speak about the future Christ to come.
This description of man’s place in creation applies to Jesus because He became a man. Understanding this illustrates Jesus’ Love.
Christ, who is superior to Angels, became a man, who are lower than Angels. Becoming a man when you are God is no small sacrifice. This requires submitting to authority that you are superior to, a very humbling thing to do.
Jesus not only was willing to come in the form of a servant, but He was willing to be humbled to the point of death!
How far down did He humble himself?
In verse 8 we learn that Christ has subjection over all; however, we don't yet see this control in effect yet. God has the power to subject all of creation to his will, but He hasn’t done it yet.
This is why the “new world” is “to come”. This is why we yearn for heaven. Even all of creation groans for the redemption that God has promised.
In Romans 8 we see that creation is waiting just like we are for Jesus to
use ALL of his power to restore and remake us. We don’t see this yet, but if
you are saved, one day we will. One day we will be in the paradise of God’s
Even though we don’t see this yet, we do have something to fix our eyes on now.
Verse 9 tells us that now, we see Jesus. We see his power and authority at work in our lives. Our perfect record in scripture shows us that He tasted death for all of us.
And having faith in Him is how we can receive God’s forgiveness for our sins. We know that His death was terrible. But we also know that God has exalted Him.
Instead of a crown of thorns, He is now at the right hand of God with a crown of honor and glory. If we can get a better picture of awesome He is, how worthy and powerful He is, then we can better understand how crazy His love is for us.
AS WE CLOSE OUR THIRD LESSON ON HEBREWS, CONSIDER:
And now, if you have not accepted that sacrifice, if you have not decided
to become a Christ follower, then please:
is the most important thing that could ever happen to you in your
Before you leave this third lesson on Hebrews please realize the three points above.