Christ is Greater Than The Angels

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Foundation

How does someone write to suffering Christians and tell them to stay faithful, despite the fact they are going through severe trials? The author wisely begins not by considering their difficult circumstances, nor by simply telling them, “This is right to do, so do it.” They are reminded that they were losing nothing for which they were not getting something much better (v. 1).

The book opens with a portrait of Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God who possesses the following characteristics:

  1. He is heir of all things (v. 2).
  2. He is creator of the universe (v. 2).
  3. He is the brightness of the glory of God (v. 3).
  4. He is the sustainer of the universe (v. 3).
  5. He is the sinless purger of others’ sins (v. 3)
  6. He is sitting upon the throne of Deity (v. 3).

He establishes the priority of Jesus Christ by saying He is greater than the prophets, He is greater than any revelation in the Old Testament, and He is greater than the angels (vv. 4-7). Most Jews believed that angels were very important. Some actually worshiped them. The elect angels of God are the highest order of all created beings. They take orders from no one but God. Christ is said to be better than the angels. He is God, and there is none better than the angels except God. He proves and confirms the dignity of Christ which far surpasses all angels.

Application

The foundation of my Chistian faith is Jesus Christ. God may use angels to protect me but their importance is very minor compared to who Jesus Christ is and what He does in and through my life.

Hebrews 1:1-7 (English Standard Version)

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son, today I have begotten you"? Or again, "I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son"? And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him." Of the angels he says, "He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire."

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