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Hebrews 2:10-13

02.10.2011

Verses 10-13 build on the the groundwork laid in v. 9, Jesus’ obedience unto death.  This death unites us with Him, the many sons with the Son, as co-heirs of God.  We thus enter God’s glory, His presence.  This is what we were created for, but we have not been there since the Fall.  Thus, Jesus’ work is restorative, bringing things back to their intended state.  For this reason, the author says it is ‘fitting’ for God to have enacted this process.  Verse 10, in its beautiful summation of Jesus’ work, reminds me of How Deep the Father’s Love for Us.

The rest of the passage from today raises two questions in my mind:

10 | In what way is Jesus ‘made perfect,’ either through suffering or any other way.  How can Jesus be made to be anything more than He always was without it undermining His divinity?  O’Brien says that the term is used vocationally, in that Jesus was fully equipped for fulfilling His role in God’s redemptive work.  Had He not suffered and died on our behalf, then the debt of our sin would not be paid, our covenant obligations would not be fulfilled, and the work would remain unfinished.  The action of suffering and dying for us perfected or completed His role in salvation.

11 | In what sense do we have the same ‘source’ as Jesus?  There are three answers; I won’t call them alternative because I think they operate in parallel:

  1. We share the common source of God the Father.  This is not in the sense of creation, since Jesus was not created, but in the sense of power and purpose.  The Son, like us, draws His power and purpose from the Father.
  2. We share the common source of Adam, in that we share our humanity.  We are operating in a fallen world, reaping what was sown in the Garden.*
  3. We also share the common source of Abraham.  We are heirs to the covenant of God with His people.  We inherit His promise through our faith in Jesus, and demonstrates His fulfillment on our behalf through His faithfulness in obedience unto death.

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* This isn’t, of course, to imply that Jesus shares in the sinful nature that we inherit from Adam, only that the source of His redemptive mission is Adam’s decision, and the source of His standing to undo the curse is His human descent from Adam.

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