A Short Study of Hebrews 2:9

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” 
(Hebrews 2:9)


“But we see Jesus.” How do we see Him? Not by dreams and visions or by the visualization of movies or pictures. Every believer sees the Lord Jesus Christ as Abraham did, by faith, “Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad” (John 8:56). We see Him as He is declared throughout the pages of Holy Scripture, “beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself” (Luke 24:27). True God-given faith believes the record of Holy Scripture (1st Thessalonians 2:13). Job said, “I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee” (Job 42:5). Here are some key points as to how we see the Lord Jesus Christ by faith.

1). We see Him as God our Saviour, incarnate, personified in human flesh, “Who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death.” We see Him leaving glory and coming to this sin cursed earth “to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10; Philippians 2:7-9). We see Him as the God-man Mediator working our perfect righteousness by His faithful obedience to the law of God (Hebrews 2:15-17; Romans 4:6).

2). We see the Lord Jesus Christ as the only substitionary sacrifice for sin, “that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (every one for whom He represents). The context of the following verses describes those for whom the Lord Jesus experienced death to put away their sin. “The every man (or the every one)” is a description of His elect in (verse 10-17), known as His: “sons,” “sanctified,” “brethren,” “the church,” “children,” “seed of Abraham,” “the people.” Christ died for their sin, not to make their salvation possible but rather to make it certain and eternally secure (Matthew 1:21; Hebrews 9:11-12; Hebrews 10:14-17).

3). We see the Lord Jesus Christ as totally successful and absolutely victorious, “crowned with glory and honour.” The Lord is described in verse 10 as the, “Captain of their salvation.” Christ is the Champion and Author of our complete salvation (Hebrews 12:2). We see Him delivered for our offences and raised because He has completed justification for His covenant people (Romans 4:25; Philippians 2:9-11; Hebrews 1:3; Hebrews 8:1; Hebrews 12:2). His resurrection and enthronement is both proof, pledge, ground and guarantee of all for Whom He stood as Surety (Hebrews 7:22), Mediator (1st Timothy 1:9), Representative (Romans 5:19) will be glorified in Him (Ephesians 2:4-6).


T. Harding

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