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Hebrews 2:5-18
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For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. But
one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son
of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou
crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou
hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him,
he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. But
we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death,
crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every
man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing
many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.

The Hebrew writer continues his discussion of the superiority of Jesus by asking a question.
Which of the angels did God ever promise authority over “the world to come?”

Psalm 8:4 & 144:3 are alluded to, if not quoted.

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For
thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and
honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all
things under his feet: (Psalms 8:4-6 KJV)

Man was made to have dominion over all things. However, we know that man does not have
dominion over all. Jesus was made lower than the angels to suffer and die upon the cross, and
“crowned with glory and honor.” The Creator, in order to allow men to become the sons of God,
allowed “the captain of their salvation” to suffer to make Him a complete Savior. Now man can
reach his true zenith through the Son of God because of His suffering.