Thoughts on Sovereignty from Hebrews

Hebrews 2:5-9

[5] For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. [6] It has been testified somewhere,

“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 little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor,(1) [8] putting everything in subjection under his feet.”

And now we come to the crux of the argument and the balm to my soul this morning.

Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control.

Here we have a simple tautology… but don't skip past its concise truth. It arrested me this morning, finally skipping through my eye gate to set my mind free.

Nothing is left outside his control. Every rebellious heart, every circumstance, every evil plan, all financial markets and wicked leaders, weather and strung-out relationships… nothing is exempt. All is under Christ's control. Hallelujah.

But what about all the bad we see?

At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him.

The author acknowledges that we do not yet see… but such careful use of words. We see, but the reality described above is Christ reigning.

How do we know? Since we cannot see all under Christ yet, we are given something else to see.

[9] But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

We see Christ, fulfiller of promises and prophecies, prophet, priest and king (as touched on in Chapter 1)1, risen and triumphant. While we can't see everything in subjection, we can see Him, and like Peter walking towards the Lord on the waves, we too can be upheld if we fix our eyes on Him.

  1. Hebrew 1:1-4 has a beautiful introduction, and if you look carefully it's split into three parts identifying Christ's offices. 

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