Hebrews 2:10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.
In the previous verses of Hebrews the suffering death of the Messiah is discussed, Him being crowned with glory and honor, and tasting death for the children of God. These things were offensive to the Jewish audience, but of the greatest importance to be believed. Especially the sufferings of the Messiah, in particular His priestly office where a transition is made. Jesus’ own disciples were slow to believe this and the Jews stumbled at it. They thought it strange that the Messiah, the Son of God, the Savior of His people, and author of their salvation, concerning whom great and glorious things were promised and foretold should be brought into a low and despised position, and in that condition to suffer and die.
What are some of the things that were yelled to Jesus on the cross?
They even yelled at Him to come down from the cross and save Himself. They could see no reason why He should suffer if He was able to save Himself. They thought His suffering surely proved that He was not God. Yet there is more than the cross in the suffering of Christ.
What is the suffering, or passion of Christ?
The Jewish people had firmly established prejudices about the salvation promised by the Messiah, and how it was to be accomplished. This came from their love and affection for temporal or carnal things rather than the spiritual and eternal. Today many still look for the blessings of salvation (being free from the punishment of sin) without Christ being Lord over their life.
What kind of deliverance might the Jews have looked forward to?
The Jews thought what could they expect from a Messiah who suffered and died? They expected a deliverance that was outwardly glorious and kingly, in this world, and that it would be fought with weapons and power by a mighty hand. The apostle asserts and fully confirms the sufferings of Christ, and declares the reasons, causes, and the object of it. This is done partly to refute the idea about how salvation should be accomplished, partly to show that nothing negative would come of Christ having pre-eminence above angels. However the main purpose is to instruct them in the sacerdotal (or priestly) office of the Messiah, the redemption that He worked, and the means by which He accomplished it.
What is the deliverance that Christ gives us?
As for salvation the apostle declares that it was not to be the same kind that the Hebrews in the time of Moses had, when they were brought out of the land of Egypt, and settled in the land of Canaan under the conduct of Joshua. This salvation is spiritual, and heavenly, it delivers from sin, Satan, death, and hell. This great salvation leads and guides us into life and blessedness eternal. There is no other way that this could be accomplished than by the sufferings and death of the Messiah.
What reason does our verse give that author of our salvation suffered?
Hebrews 2:9 told us that Christ might taste death for everyone. Verse 10 states that this was fitting for Him. This brings into view the design of God, that the Son was to bring many sons to glory. Not into a new Canaan, a wealthy country, or an earthly kingdom, but God’s design was that in and by the Messiah, His sons would be brought to eternal glory with Himself in heaven. For this reason the way this is accomplished must be by another nature than physical deliverance. Two things are generally assumed here. First-that some who were created for the glory of God had by sin come short of it. So that without a way of being reconciled they would never become partakers of it. The second thing assumed here is that the way God brings those who are designed for glory is first by bringing them to a state of sonship and reconciliation with Himself.
To be brought to glory must we be sons of God?
Are all people sons of God?
How can we become sons of God?
There is first God designating of some unto grace to be His sons. Ephesians 1:5-6 says “He predestined us as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.” Second, there is Him appointing those sons to glory. Both to be wrought and accomplished by Christ, the author of their salvation. The sufferings of Christ are the cause of our sonship and reconciliation with God. This is the only means that anyone may be reconciled to God.
In the work of bringing many sons into glory we should see that this is work assigned by God the Father, in eternity, whose love, wisdom, and grace we should see in the whole work of our salvation, wrought out and accomplished by God the Son.
He predestines us to be conformed to the image of the Son; Romans 8:28-30
He chose us before the foundation of the world and predestined us as sons; Ephesians 1:4-5
He has from the beginning chosen us for salvation; 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
This electing love of God, is the eternal purpose of His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself. It is the fountain from which flows all other immediate causes of our salvation. Faith- Acts 13:45; sanctification- 2 Thessalonians 2:13; holiness- Ephesians 1:4; preservation in grace- 2Timothy2:19; the death of Christ for us- John 3:16; final glory- 2 Timothy 2:10. So it may be rightly said that Christ brings many sons to glory.