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Sep
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Superior To The Angels

Today we begin a new study of the book of Hebrews.  This is a great book about the superiority of the Son of God and a call to faith in Him.  Scholars are divided on who wrote the book because the author is not identified.  Some say Apollos and some say Paul while one early church father said Barnabas.  In reality, the most important thing to know is that God is the ultimate Author of Scripture.
Here in Hebrews 1, we jump right in by talking about Jesus.  Verses 1-4 talk about how Jesus is the “exact representation” (Hebrews 1:3, NIV) of God.  In other words, Jesus is God.  Look at what Jesus said in John 10:30-33 (NIV):

30 I and the Father are one.”
31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?”
33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.”

The Jews realized that Jesus was claiming to be God and therefore they were going to stone Him!  But what they did not realize was that it is true!  Jesus is God!  This is what the author of Hebrews will prove over the next few chapters.  First, he shows that Jesus is superior to the angels here in chapter 1.  The Son was present at Creation and it was through Him that all things in the universe were made.  Jesus is our Savior and He is the Lord.  One day, every knee will bow before Him and every tongue will worship Him.  We will join with the angels as we praise the Son.  The angels worship Him now and we will join them on the day of His return.  Jesus Christ is King!

Hebrews 1

New International Version (NIV)

God’s Final Word: His Son

1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

The Son Superior to Angels

5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son;
today I have become your Father”?

Or again,

“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son”?

6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

7 In speaking of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels spirits,
and his servants flames of fire.”

8 But about the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;
a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions
by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

10 He also says,

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
11 They will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
12 You will roll them up like a robe;
like a garment they will be changed.
But you remain the same,
and your years will never end.”

13 To which of the angels did God ever say,

“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet”?

14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

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