Hebrews chapter 1

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Jesus Christ Is God’s Son

Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven. This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.

The Son Is Greater Than the Angels

For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus:

“You are my Son.
    Today I have become your Father.[a]

God also said,

“I will be his Father,
    and he will be my Son.”[b]

And when he brought his supreme[c] Son into the world, God said,[d]

“Let all of God’s angels worship him.”[e]

Regarding the angels, he says,

“He sends his angels like the winds,
    his servants like flames of fire.”[f]

But to the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
    You rule with a scepter of justice.
You love justice and hate evil.
    Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you,
    pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.”[g]

10 He also says to the Son,

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth
    and made the heavens with your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain forever.
    They will wear out like old clothing.
12 You will fold them up like a cloak
    and discard them like old clothing.
But you are always the same;
    you will live forever.”[h]

13 And God never said to any of the angels,

“Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
    until I humble your enemies,
    making them a footstool under your feet.”[i]

14 Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.

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I read somewhere recently that the book of Hebrews can be summed up like this “Jesus is better”. I thought that was an interesting, and maybe oversimplified way of explaining it, but this chapter certainly falls into the “Jesus is better catagory. The first four verses give us a very clear picture of the power and authority Jesus has, and was there for all things including the creation of the universe. What a powerful, mighty God we serve!

What’s interesting about this chapter is the comparison to the angels. After reading this, it is quite clear that Jesus is superior to the angels, they are here to worship and serve Him. Interestingly, the author may have been addressing the Jews of the time because angel worship had a large following, and the author was reminding them that Jesus was, indeed, better.

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My favorite verse is the last one, where angels are here to serve those who will inherit salvation. That’s you and I!! What an incredible reminder today about the privilege and place of honor we have being called children of God.

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Lord, thank you for your power and might. Thank you for what you did on the cross and for including me when you name your children. May you use me today to encourage and bless others today. In Jesus name, amen.

Footnotes

  1. 1:5a Or Today I reveal you as my Son. Ps 2:7.
  2. 1:5b 2 Sam 7:14.
  3. 1:6a Or firstborn.
  4. 1:6b Or when he again brings his supreme Son [or firstborn Soninto the world, God will say.
  5. 1:6c Deut 32:43.
  6. 1:7 Ps 104:4 (Greek version).
  7. 1:8-9 Ps 45:6-7.
  8. 1:10-12 Ps 102:25-27.
  9. 1:13 Ps 110:1.

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