Written around A.D. 63 by an unknown author, a letter titled “To The Hebrews” was meant to strengthen Messianic Jews who found themselves under attack by the enemy in the form of persecution against Christians, or anyone else who pledged their support of Jesus. In its introduction, the author declared Jesus the exact representation of God in the flesh, a man who fulfilled all prophecies including living a perfect, sinless life that was taken on the cross, where the Savior died for our sins, then Christ’s presence among men concluded with His ascension to Heaven where a seat was reserved for Him, at the right hand of the Father, a position of power, authority and power over all other angels, appointed messengers of the Creator.
The letter continues by exalting Jesus above all angels…
“5 For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”? 6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” (Hebrews 1:5-6)
Here, the author establishes the difference between the angels and the Son of God, a title reserved to Jesus who was born of God, and unlike the angel who were created beings, Christ was begotten as the firstborn, and just as the heavenly Father, would be worshiped as such.
“7 And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.” (Hebrews 1:7)
Next, the writer points out how God uses angels, prophets and evangelists in ways different than Jesus, whom He calls His Son, and whose mission greatly differs from that of angels who were created to minister to believers, except of course, those angels who fell along with Lucifer, demons who roam the earth doing Satan’s work.
“8 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than your companions.” (Hebrews 1:8-9)
To reinforce his point, the author now reminds his readers how God referred to His Son Jesus as God multiple times throughout scripture, the Ruler over angels and believers, or as cited here, companions of the Christ.
“10 And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.” (Hebrews 1:10)
Again, the writer identifies Jesus as God, the Creator of the earth and the heavens, the One who appointed Himself to walk the earth in the flesh, live a perfect life that was taken on the cross, then given back on the third day for forty days to eventually be elevated to the right hand of Yahweh, our heavenly Father.
“11 They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; 12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.” (Hebrews 1:11-12)
Here, the author reveals how the earth and heavens will one day come to pass, as Jesus overcomes evil and establishes a new Jerusalem where believers will rejoice along side God and the Savior.
“13 But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:13-14)
Lastly, the author of the letter to the Hebrews establishes the deity of Christ by questioning his readers on the topic of angels, that none of them were seated at the right hand of God, rather they were created to guide, warn and edify those chosen by the will of the Creator, for His glory. Let’s pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives,
We praise you Lord for the wisdom found through the Letter to the Hebrews,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we continue to learn more about you through your word.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your ways, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre