So we should pay even closer attention to what we've learned so we don't drift away from it. If the message the angels brought was trustworthy, and every sin and disobedient act brings its own consequence,* how will we escape if we don't pay attention to this great salvation that the Lord first announced, and then we had confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified through signs and miracles, by acts that show his power, and by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, given as he chose.
It's not angels who will be in charge of the world to come that we're talking about. But as it's been said, “What are human beings that you should worry about them? What is a son of man that you should care about him? You set him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and placed him over all your creation. You gave him authority over everything.”§ Nothing was left out when God gave him authority over everything. However, we see that not everything is subject to his authority yet.
But we see Jesus, placed a little lower than the angels, through the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor. Through God's grace Jesus experienced death for everyone.
10 It was appropriate that God, who creates and maintains everything, should bring many of his children to glory, and to completely prepare through suffering the one who leads them to salvation. 11 For both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy belong to the same family.* That's why he doesn't hesitate to call them “brothers,” 12 sayingI will announce your name to my brothers; I will praise you among your people when they meet together.” 13 Also: “I will place my trust in him,” andHere I am, together with the children God has given to me.”
14 Because the children share flesh and blood in common, he shared in this in the same way so that through death he could destroy the one that had the power of deaththe devil 15 and free everyone who through fear of death were enslaved all their lives.
16 Of course it's not angels he's concerned about; he's concerned to help the children of Abraham. 17 That's why it was necessary for him to become like his brothers in everything, so that he could become a merciful and trustworthy high priest in the things of God, to forgive his people's sins. 18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are tempted.
* 2:2 Literally, “receives its reward.” 2:6 “Son of man”: in normal use means just a human being; however Jesus applied this generic term to himself. 2:7 Instead of just referring to humanity, this can also refer to Jesus: “You made him less than the angels for a while, and then you crowned him with glory and honor.” The whole passage can be seen in this dual way, referring to Jesus as the son of man, both representative and Savior of humanity. § 2:8 Again this can apply to humanity, God giving authority over the creatures as mentioned in Genesis 1, or it can apply to the authority of Jesus as Lord. * 2:11 Literally, “all from one.” 2:12 “Meet together”: the word is “ecclesia” which eventually came to mean “church.” The quotation is from Psalms 22:22. 2:13 Quoting Isaiah 8:17-18.