And in His law does he meditate day and night. Psalm 1:2

Greater than Angels

Hebrews 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Jesus is Greater

Jesus has become so much greater than the angels. The word “made” in this verse does not mean He was created or made greater than angels, because Jesus was not created. He has no beginning, even as God, the Father, has no beginning.

An Endless Life

Hebrews 7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
Hebrews 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.
Hebrews 7:17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

Jesus has been made a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec, because of the power of an endless life. But does that mean He also had no beginning of life?

Hebrews 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

Jesus, the Son, has no beginning of days nor ending of life. That’s what the verses in Hebrews 7 mean when speaking of the power of an endless life.

God, the Father, the LORD, is from everlasting to everlasting, as is the Son.

He has become Greater

But He, Jesus, the Son, has become so much greater, so much more greatly renowned and exalted in glory, as to be deserving of an inheritance far greater than any angel could ever claim.

Worshiping Angels

Why does the writer make this distinction between Christ and the angels? Because Christ is to be worshiped, but angels are not.

Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels . . .

Let no man deceive you concerning your blessing in Christ by convincing you to think small of yourself and to worship angels.

Angels are not to be worshiped. Angels are not in the same class of beings as humans are. Angels were made by the LORD to perform services for Him and to help men. But man was made in the image and likeness of God.

Thou art My Son

Hebrews 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

This is a reference to a verse found in Psalm 2:7.

Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

The One spoken of and spoken to in Psalm 2 is Jesus, the Son of God. Unto which angel did God ever say, you are My son? He never said that to any angel.

The Angels Worship Him

Hebrews 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

Some believe this is a reference to Psalm 97:7.

Psalm 97:7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.

The word translated “gods” here is the Hebrew word Elohiym (el-o-heem’), and refers to God Himself in many places, but is in some places it is translated as judges or angels.

The Heavenly Host Praises God

That may or may not be the correct reference. But we certainly know that there was quite a display of angelic activity when Christ was born into the earth.

Luke 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

The angels were worshiping. They were not being worshiped.

Ministering Spirits

Hebrews 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

This is a reference to Psalm 104:4, which is a Psalm extolling the greatness of God, and declaring the things He has done, one of which is that He has made His angels servants, His ministers, those who minister to Him, like breaths of air and like a scorching fire.

What is the point? The point is that God never called any of His angels His Son, but refers to them as His servants, those who minister to Him.

Thy Throne O God

Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

This is a reference to Psalm 45:6.

Psalm 45:6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

In contrast to what the LORD says about the angels, He calls His Son God, one who is seated upon a throne, whose rod of authority is a rod established in righteousness.

Exalted Higher than Angels

Hebrews 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

And this one He calls God is one who loves righteousness, who stands for what is right and good, and who hates iniquity and wickedness, is anointed with gladness more than all His companions.

Jesus has been exalted above all others. No angel can stand anywhere near the position He holds.

Creator of All Things

Hebrews 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

Again, God calls this one Lord, and acknowledges that in the beginning this one laid the foundation of the earth and created all things. This is another clear statement that Jesus is the creator of all things, agreeing with John 1:3.

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Yes, Jesus, the Word, was present at creation. He created all things.

Your Years Shall Not End

Hebrews 1:11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
Hebrews 1:12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

All these created things that You have made shall perish, You shall fold up the universe like an article of clothing, but You will ever remain the same, and Your years shall not come to an end. This agrees with Hebrews 13:8.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

At the Right Hand of God

Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?

This is a reference to Psalm 110:1.

Psalm 110:1 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.

Psalm 110 is a Psalm of David. He says that the Lord said unto my Lord. He speaks of two Lords “the Lord” and “my Lord.” Jesus was not only the son of David, but He was also his Lord.

David saw something in the Spirit. He saw “the” Lord say to “his” Lord, sit here at my right side until I destroy Your enemies. David saw Jesus in His exalted position at the right hand of the Father, a thousand years before Christ ever came to earth.

Ministering Spirits

Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Again, the writer contrasts the angels position to Christ’s position. Are they not all, every one of them, servant spirits, sent forth to serve those who have inherited salvation through Jesus Christ?

Angels are magnificent spiritual beings, who deserve respect, but their purpose, their reason for being, is to serve and to minister for those who have been born from above, those who serve the risen Christ. He alone deserves our worship, and even the angels bow before Him.

We will continue from here is another meditation.

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