Hebrews 2: the Redemption of Man

Hebrews 2:5-8 speaks of God’s will in the redemption of man.

For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying 

“What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him?You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands.You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” 

The purpose of God after the fall of man is for man to have dominion. God’s will at the time of the creation of man in Genesis 1 was the same,  “Let them have dominion” (Genesis 1:26).

The will and the purpose of God has not changed or altered. As it was at the time of creation, so it was still after man’s fall, and so it remains in the day of redemption and history of the Church. God still intends to secure a company of people after the image of His Son. As He is, so they too will be; and He has entered into the glory, so also they will.

From a human perspective and moral standard, achieving the image of His Son seems like an impossible goal to achieve. Why? Because we compare our weaknesses and failures to the character and the way the Lord Jesus lived while here on earth.

So, how can such a thing be achievable? “For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Hebrews 2:11). Who is ” He who sanctifies”? The Lord Jesus. And who are “those who are being sanctified”? We.

The Lord Jesus and we who have been sanctified by Him, have proceeded from the One Source; we are partakers of One Life, we are indwelt by the One Spirit; God is His Father and our Father.” . . . for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren” (Hebrews 2:11).

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