by Jerry Vines

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Jerry Vines
Hebrews 2:5-13

The first four verses of the 2nd chapter give to us
what has been called the first of the warning passages
in the book of Hebrews. I really prefer to call them
the exhortation or the encouragement passages. Really,
those are kind of inserted into the flow of the
thought in the book of Hebrews. So you need to go back
to the last verse of the first chapter to pick up the
train of thought.

In the closing verses of chapter 1, the writer of
Hebrews is talking about the fact that the Lord Jesus
Christ is superior to the angels. There are two great
themes to the book of Hebrews. One of them is the
superiority of Jesus Christ. That is given to us in
the word, better. Jesus Christ is better. Everything
we have in Jesus Christ is better.

The second great them of Hebrews is the encouragement
which it gives to us as believers not to be content to
remain where we are in the Christian faith, but to
move on. "let us go on to maturity." Let us go on to
everything God has available to us in our Savior the
Lord Jesus Christ.

Picking up in verse 5 he continues the subject of the

Perhaps at some point along the way in your study of
English literature, you ran across the writings of the
great blind poet, John Milton. You may recall that his
two great works were "Paradise Lost" and "Paradise
Regained." In "Paradise Lost" he does in an epic,
poetic way explain the effects of the fall—how the
fall of man affected heaven and hell and the earth.
How man lost paradise because of his sin.

Then about four years later he wrote "Paradise
Regained." In that book he explains how that though
man lost paradise by sin, paradise was regained by the
death of the Lord Jesus on the cross of Calvary. In
that he caught the essence of what the gospel is all
about. The gospel is the message of how man lost the
glory of God, how Christ came an ...

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