Christ Jesus our Lord: Superior to the Angels!Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., February 23, 2020
Part of the Hebrews series.
For those men among us who have sons, one thing is universally true about us. We all love to brag about them!
Our hearts are often filled with fatherly pride at their accomplishments. It would seem that there is something inside us, an irresistible power, that compels us to tell others about what they have done. And I strongly suspect that wherever we might look in our world, among people of any nation or culture, we will find fathers speaking of their sons with broad smiles across their faces, beaming with joy.
In the Epistle to the Hebrews, we discover this very thing in chapter 1, but on an infinitely greater scale!
From verses 4-14, the author of the inspired letter quotes from seven Old Testament passages which record the words of God the Father as He speaks proudly of His Beloved Son. And each of the seven passages reveals to the world something about the Son which makes Him vastly superior to the angels and all the heavenly hosts!
This Lord’s Day we will close out our examination of Hebrews 1 by looking at the first four of these seven Old Testament passages (vv. 4-8). Here, we will encounter God the Father who joyfully says, in effect, ‘Let Me tell you about My Son!’
Let us all pray that we will be swept up in our Father’s own holy pride as He speaks of the One who is our beloved Lord, Redeemer, and Friend!
4Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5For 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? 6And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 7And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 10And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. 13But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? (KJV)