Q & A – What does Hebrew 2:9 mean?

Hebrews 2:9But 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.’

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The question is often asked, ‘When was the Lord Jesus crowned with ‘glory and honour”? When He was on Earth, or upon His return to Heaven?

I will give you the word order in the Greek as it is very important,

‘the_one But a_little than angels having_been_made_less we_see Jesus, because_of the suffering the of_death with_glory and with_honor having_been_crowned, so_as by_grace of_God on_behalf of_every_one He_might_taste of_death.’

Or we could break it down like this:

Part 1 ‘But the_one a_little than angels having_been_made_less we_see Jesus,
Part 2 because_of the suffering the of_death with_glory and with_honor having_been_crowned,
Part 3 so_as by_grace of_God on_behalf of_every_one He_might_taste of_death.’

Notice in part 1 that the sentence starts with a past truth (having_been…) and ends with a present truth (we_see). So we start with a look at the past and then come to the present. Meaning that ‘we_see Jesus’, now in Heaven.

In part 2 the preposition ‘because_of’ is the Greek word ‘dia’, often translated as ‘through’, however, when it is in the Accusative, as here, it means ‘because of’ or ‘on account of’. Therefore, we are given the reason for His being crowned with ‘glory and honour’. It is due to the ‘suffering of death’ and not to His incarnation.

In part 3, the writer takes us back to the purpose of His coming, or, why He ‘was made a little lower’.

To summary, part 2 is really a parenthesis and the main part of the verse are parts 1 & 3. So the verse could be read as,
‘But the_one a_little than angels having_been_made_less we_see Jesus, so_as by_grace of_God on_behalf of_every_one He_might_taste of_death,
because_of the suffering the of_death with_glory and with_honor having_been_crowned.’

Some many refer to 2Peter1:17 to prove that He was crowned with ‘glory and honour’ the on Earth, however, we believe that His Father did give Him ‘honour and glory’ by marking Him out as the His beloved Son. In Hebrews 2 the context is different as the expression ‘glory and honour’ is used with Adam in verse 7 and this is explained in verse 8. It has to do with dominion over the Earth or Headship.

As you would know, the exercise of Christ’s headship will not official commence until the 1000 year reign. The lead up to the 1000 years will be preceded by the Lord moving in judgement during the 7 year Tribulation.

Presently, Satan has control of this world, he is acting as head due to removing it from Adam.

Now while the Lord was here on Earth, He did many things that showed His power over all things and peoples. Why would it be any different than that, since He is God manifested in the flesh.

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