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                      "THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS"

                              Chapter Two

The author interrupts his comparison of Christ with angels with his
first of six warnings in this epistle:  a warning against drifting by
neglecting our great salvation (1-4).  He then illustrates Jesus'
superiority to angels by being made lower than the angels, whereby He
became the perfect captain of our salvation and a merciful and faithful
High Priest (5-18).


   *  The very real danger of drifting and neglecting our salvation

   *  Man's fall from his exalted position over creation

   *  Jesus' humanity and its impact on His role as Savior and High


1) What are the main points of this chapter?
   - A warning against drifting - He 2:1-4
   - Jesus' superiority over the angels by virtue of His humanity - He

2) How can we avoid drifting away? (1)
   - By giving earnest heed to the things we have heard

3) What proves we cannot escape judgment if we neglect our great
   salvation? (2-3)
   - Disobedience to angels was punished, much more so if we neglect the
     Lord Himself

4) How was this great salvation revealed and confirmed to us? (3-4)
   - Spoken by the Lord Himself at first
   - Confirmed by those who heard Him (i.e., the apostles)
   - God bearing witness through signs, wonders, miracles, and gifts of
     the Holy Spirit

5) What does Psalms 8:4-6 reveal about the creation of man? (6-8)
   - He was made lower than angels, but placed over all God's works

6) Has man maintained his authority over all things? (8)
   - No, now we do not see all things put under him

7) List eight reasons Jesus was made lower than angels (became flesh).
   - To taste death for every one
   - To bring many sons to glory
   - To be made perfect through sufferings
   - To destroy the devil who had the power of death
   - To release those subject to bondage through fear of death
   - To give aid to the seed of Abraham
   - To be a merciful and faithful High Priest
   - To aid those who are tempted, having suffered temptation Himself
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