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Hebrews 2:5-10 – Glory Emerging from Suffering


The glory that God promises people is hardly unrelated to the suffering that Jesus endured. In his suffering he experienced death on behalf of others, so that they might likewise come to share in the glories of God.


This passage sets the main theme of Hebrews in several steps. First, the author quotes Psalm 8:4-6, which tells of the glory that God promised to people. Second, the author acknowledges that the experience of life in the world is often far from glorious and that people do not "see" the fulfillment of God's promises. Third, the author points out that they do, however, see Jesus through the eyes of faith. Jesus, too, was subjected to suffering in the world, but God raised him to heavenly glory. If God brought Jesus through suffering to glory, readers can be assured that God will do the same for Jesus' followers.

Hebrews 2:5-10

Exaltation through Abasement

Now God* did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6But someone has testified somewhere,
‘What are human beings that you are mindful of them,*
   or mortals, that you care for them?*
7 You have made them for a little while lower* than the angels;
   you have crowned them with glory and honour,*
8   subjecting all things under their feet.’
Now in subjecting all things to them, God* left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, 9but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower* than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God* he might taste death for everyone.

10 It was fitting that God,* for whom and through whom all things exist, in bringing many children to glory, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

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