Christ the True and Better - Hebrews 2:1-4

READ: Hebrews 1:1-4

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs…”

Christ the Better Message

Hebrews 2:1 -Therefore (dia outos - by means of, because of this reason) we must pay much closer (it necessary to be more earnestly, more exceedingly) attention (turn the mind to, to give heed, to devote thought and effort) to what we have heard, lest (mepote - in no way) 

we drift away from it.


Reliability of the Gospel of Christ

Hebrews 2:2 - “For since the message declared by angels (messengers) proved (ginomai) to be reliable, (bebaios - stable, fast, firm - a sure footing) and every transgression or disobedience received a just retribution (payment, wage),...”

Daniel 9:24 - “Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.”


The Greatest Message of Christ 

Hebrews 2:3 - “ shall we escape if we neglect such a great salvation?  It was declared (laleo) at first by the Lord, and it was attested (bebaioo - to make firm, establish, confirm) to us by those who heard,...”

1 John 1:1-5 - “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us— 3 that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. 5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.


The Witness of the Gospel of Christ

Hebrews 2:4 - “...while God also bore witness (synepimartyreo - to attest together, to join in bearing witness, to unite in adding testimony) by signs  (semeion - that by which  a person or a thing is distinguished from others and is known) and wonders (teras - a remarkable event, an amazing thing out of the ordinary) and various miracles (dynamis - act of power) and by gifts (merismos - division, partition, distribution) of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

…God bore Witness…

John 5:31-32,37, 39  - “If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true…37 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen,...39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,”