Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Angels and the Son of Man

Decided to read a bit more today in Hebrews. This from the first chapter.
5For 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"?

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

"Let all God’s angels worship him."

7Of the angels he says,

"He makes his angels winds,
and his ministers a flame of fire."

8But of the Son he says,

"Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
9You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions."


"You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment,
12like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed.
But you are the same,
and your years will have no end."

13And to which of the angels has he ever said,

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

14Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?

So we have some direct comparisons which show how Christ the Lord is better than angels.

  1. God has not called any of the angels his son.
  2. God told the angels to worship his son. He has not told them to worship each other.
  3. Angels are winds, and his ministers a flame of fire. BUT his son on the other hand has a throne that's been established forever and ever.
  4. The son has been anointed with the oil of gladness.
  5. None of the angels sit at his right hand.
  6. The angels are ministering spirits sent out to serve those who will inherit salvation.
Rather neat isn't it? To see those differences. To see a bit more what angels are.

I had a conversation with someone some time back about angels, how she loves angels and so forth. I have to admit that I don't get this fascination and veneration of angels. They, like us, serve God. They do his bidding. They serve us (his called one who will inherit salvation). So I don't quite get it. I didn't tell that lady that. I just tried to point her to the one who made the angels, not sure if she heard me though.

But Hebrews One makes it plain. The son of man, Jesus Christ our Lord, is better than the angels. And that is that! :)

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