Hebrews Inductive Study (chapter 2)

Handout Questions on Hebrews 2

Observation (I’m using the Inductive New American Standard Bible)

  1.  In verse 1, what are we to pay close attention to?  Why?
  2. In verse 2, what reason is given to show that drifting is dangerous and deadly?
  3. In what four ways was God’s salvation confirmed in verse 4?
  4. How would you summarize the first paragraph, verses 1-4?
  5. When the Bible says “one has testified somewhere” (Hebrews 2:6, 4:4), isn’t that the Holy Spirit whetting your curiosity in Bible study? The inductive question that immediately pops into one’s mind is “Where?”  (I think it is really cool when one reads both Old and New Testaments simultaneously each year to make exciting discovery connections.)
  6. Though we do not yet see the fulfillment of all in verse 8, who do we see in verse 9?
  7. Why is Jesus not ashamed to call us brethren?
  8. His death accomplished what two things in verses 14-15?
  9. Why did Jesus have to become 100% man?
  10. How would you summarize verses 5-18?

Interpretation

  1. Are verses 1-4 warning a mere professor or a genuine possessor of real Christianity? 
  2. What would be your biblical reasons behind your answer?
  3.  What does a high priest do in order to bring about salvation for his brethren?
  4. How many high priests are there today?
  5. What is the significance of Psalm 22 and Isaiah 8?

Application

  1.  Have you ever met anyone who has drifted completely away from what they have heard about salvation?  What kind of danger are they in?
  2. How are we doing as humans in being the appointed head over God’s creation?
  3. How have you been drawn to the merciful and faithful high priest?
  4. Are you afraid of death?  Do you feel like you are in bondage?
  5. Do you think that Jesus understands you in everything?

One comment

  1. Taken from the book, Why Christianity Makes Sense (2006) by N.T. Wright:

    Glimpsing the Triune God

    “The church’s official ‘doctrine of the Trinity’ wasn’t fully formulated until 3 or 4 centuries after the time of Paul. Yet when the later theologians eventually worked it all through, it turned out to consist, in effect, of detailed footnotes to Paul, John, and Hebrews, and the other New Testament books, with explanations to help later generations grasp what was already there in principle in the earliest writings” (139, emphasis added).

    So if one looks at Hebrews . . . is this true – do you see glimpses of the triune God?

    Chapter 1 – Jesus, the apaugasma of His glory; Jesus, the charakteir of His hupostaseos

    Chapter 2 – How we had better not neglect so great a salvation wrought by the Triune God: 1) first spoken through the Lord, 2) God bearing witness, 3) gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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