God’s Salvation in Jesus Christ
(1) Therefore, we must remain very alert (watchful) to what we have heard, so that we do not wander away from the faith. (2) For since the word of God spoken through angels proved to be trustworthy, and every disobedient act received its just punishment, (3) how will we escape judgment if we abandon so great a salvation? This salvation was first declared by the Lord, and confirmed to us by those who heard him. (4) God also confirmed their witness by miraculous signs and wonders, various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.
The Incarnation and Exaltation of Jesus Christ
(5) It is not to angels that God subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. (6) But as it says in Psalm 8:4-6, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man that you care for him? (7) You made him for a short time lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor (8) and put everything under his feet.”
In putting everything under Jesus’ feet, God left nothing outside of his sovereign control. Yet at the present time we are unable to see everything under his control. (9) But we do see Jesus—who was made lower than the angels for a short time—now crowned with majestic glory and honor because he suffered death on the cross, so that by God’s grace he might taste death for all people. (10) In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was right that God—for whom and through whom everything exists—made Jesus, the founder (pioneer) of their salvation, perfect through what he suffered.
We Are One with Jesus Christ
(11) Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family (are all one). So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. (12) As it is written in Psalm 22:22, “I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters; in the presence of the congregation I will sing your praises.” (13) And again, it is written in Isaiah 8:17, “I will put my trust in him,” and in Isaiah 8:18, “Here I am with the children God has given me.”
Jesus’ Death on the Cross
(14) Therefore since the children have bodies of flesh and blood, Jesus also shared in our humanity (became fully human) so that through his death on the cross he could destroy the power of the devil who holds the power of death—(15) and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. (16) For you can be sure that Jesus came to help Abraham’s descendants (seed), not the angels. (17) For this is the reason Jesus had to be made like them—fully human in every way—so that he would become a merciful and faithful high priest in God’s service, and that he would die in our place (to make atonement, propitiation) for the sins of the people. (18) Because Jesus suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.