Here we have the first of a series of warnings uttered in connection with the arguments. If the ministrations of angels had been of so steadfast a character, how much more the speech of the Son. The danger against which this section utters its warning is drifting away from this final speech. The inevitable answer to the question, "How shall we escape?" is that seeing that the Son has made the way of deliverance for those who have broken the law administered by angels, there is no hope of escape for those who refuse to hear and obey Him.
Continuing the argument concerning the superiority of the Son to the angels, the writer declares that for a period the Son had been made lower than the angels. Through this humiliation, and the victory wrought therein, He passed back to the place of sovereignty, into which He brings man, to whose level He had passed in becoming lower than the angels. Thus He is seen occupying the position of authority as the result of that descent wherein He took human form. Three quotations are given which prove His identification with men, even to the point of calling them brethren. Thus He has taken His seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high, resuming His original position of supremacy, with the added right accruing from His humiliation and victory. He had passed angels in His great descent. He had passed them again in His glorious ascent. Thus the superiority of the Son to the angels is supremely established.
the First Week after Epiphany