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Book of Hebrews
Breakdown of this Chapter. The main purpose of this Letter or Book is to approve and praise Christ and the Christian religion to those who were addressed in it, in such a way, that they would not abandon it. This the writer did, mainly by showing that Jesus is superior to the Mosaic system. The greatest danger of the Christians in Palestine at that time, was of their returning to Judaism. The impressive nature of its rituals; the public sentiment in its favor, the fact of its prolonged existence and its undisputed Divine origin, would all lean that way. To counteract this, the writer of this Letter shows that the Gospel had higher claims for their attention, and that if the Gospel of Jesus Christ was rejected, destruction was inevitable. In doing this, the author begins this chapter by showing the superiority of Jesus, the Author of Christianity, as far above that of the prophets, and of the angels. The theme of this chapter, therefore, is to show the dignity and exalted nature of the Author of the Christian system, Christ Jesus, the Son of God. The chapter includes the following points:
*******#1. The fact that God, who had formerly spoken by the prophets, had, in this last dispensation, spoken by His Son (Heb.1:1-2).
*******#2. The statement concerning His rank and dignity. He was (A) Heir of all things; (B) Creator of the worlds; (C) the brightness of the Divine glory, and the accurate expression of His nature; (D) He upheld all things (Heb.1:2-3).
*******#3. The work and adoration of Jesus, the Author of the Christian system. (A) by Jesus’ own unassisted action, He paid the price of our sins. (B) He is seated at the right hand of God. (C) He has a more exalted and valuable inheritance than the angels, as His Name is more exalted than any angel (Heb.1:3-4).
*******#4. Proofs that what is here credited to Him BELONGS to Him, especially that He is declared to be superior to the angels (Heb.1:5-14). (A) The angels have never been addressed with the title of Son of God (Heb.1:5). (B) He is declared to be the Object of worship by the angels, while they are employed merely as the messengers of God (Heb.1:6-7). (C) He is addressed as God, and His throne is said to be for ever and ever (Heb.1:8-9). (D) He is spoken of as immutable Heb.6:18). Immutable = absolute, unassailable, indisputable, undeniable, irreversible. He is declared to have laid the foundations of earth and the heavens, and although these would perish, yet He would remain the same (Heb.1:10-12). (E) None of the angels had been spoken of in this manner, but were employed in the lesser work of ministering to the heirs of salvation (Heb.1:13-14).
From this train of thought, the conclusion is drawn in Heb.2:1-4, that we should give our full attention to what had been spoken, for there was great danger in disregarding this message. The object of this chapter is, to impress those to whom the epistle was addressed and to show that Christianity was far superior in this respect to any other religion . . . then or now!
Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels. The first section in this Letter is doctrinal. The first ten chapters reveal that Christ is better than the Old Testament ways. The second and last section of this Letter is practical, showing that Christ brings better benefits and duties. The Epistle to the Hebrews is one of the greatest Letters we have in the Word of God. I feel so worthy or able to deal with this great piece of literature. I therefore claim the Promise of the Lord Jesus when He said that when the Spirit of God would come He would take the things of Christ and show them to the apostles, and us (Jn.16:12-15). We need to keep in mind that this Letter is directed to Hebrew believers who stood at the cross roads of two great periods of time. The dispensation of law had come to an end. The sacrifices in the Temple that had once been so meaningful were now meaningless. What God had before required was now actually sin for a believer to practice, as this Letter will make clear. The Epistle to the Hebrews is written to Hebrew believers, BUT its teachings are for ALL believers of EVERY race in EVERY age. It is very meaningful to you and to me today. However, we do need to keep in mind that it was written to and for Hebrew believers, because to say that Christ is superior than the prophets would be especially meaningful to a Hebrew.
Christ Is Superior To The Prophets (1:1-3)
Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, (KJV)
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners . . . in many ways. God did not use an all-in-one method. He had used several different ways of communicating His will to the people. Long ago, it was by direct communication, another way was by dreams, another was visions, etc.
Spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets . . . in ancient times. The series of revelations began, as recorded by Moses, with Adam (Gen.3), and ended
with Malachi, a period of more than 3500 years. From Malachi to the time of the Saviour, there were NO recorded Divine communications; and the whole period of written revelation, or when the Divine communications were recorded from Moses to Malachi, was about a thousand years.
Unto the fathers . . . to our ancestors; to the people of ancient times. By the prophets . . . the word prophet in the Scriptures, has a wide meaning. It not only means those who foretell future events, but also those who communicate the Divine will of God on any subject (Rom.12:6; 1 Cor.14:1). It is used here in that large sense, as meaning all those by whom God had made communications to the Jews in former times.
Christ far BETTER than the Prophets
#1. Christ is Creator of the prophets (Heb.1:1-3).
#2. Christ is Lord and Master of the prophets (Heb.1:1-2; Mat.22:41-46; 1 Pet.1:10-13).
#3. Christ is the only begotten Son of God (Heb.1:1-3; Jn.1:18; 3:16-20).
#4. Christ is God manifest in flesh (Jn.1:14).
#5. Christ is Sinless (1 Pet.2:21-22).
#6. Christ had a greater anointing (Jn.3:34).
#7. Christ was the fulfillment of all the prophets’ writings (Lk.24:25,44-45; 1 Pet.1:10-13).
#8. Christ is Heir of all things (Heb.1:2).
#9. Christ is the Planner of the ages (Heb.1:2).
#10. Christ is the Brightness of God's glory (Heb.1:3).
#11. Christ is the Express image of God's Person (Heb.1:3; Phil.2:5-11).
#12. Christ is the Upholder of all things (Heb.1:3).
#13. Christ is God's Perfect Sacrifice (Heb.1:3,9; 9:11-28; 10:1-18).
#14. Christ is the Saviour of the prophets (Heb.1:3; 7:25; 1 Pet.1:10-13).
#15. Christ is exalted far higher than prophets (Heb.1:3; 1 Pet.3:22).
#16. Christ is exalted far higher than the angels.
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Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; (KJV)
Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son . . . God had spoken to the people in many different ways, but now He finally had spoken by His Son. My dear friend, IF God were to speak out of Heaven right this minute, He would repeat what He has already spoken, because, we already have the last word from God to this world, and that is what He has spoken unto us by His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The word “us” is important, because it refers to the same ones to whom God spoke through the prophets in Old Testament times . . . Hebrew believers. We must remember that the Father spoke out of Heaven saying, ". . . This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him" (Mat.17:5). Since the Father has given His FINAL Word in the Lord Jesus Christ, it is also the final Word for you and me! The Son of God is the One who is before us here, therefore Christ is far SUPERIOR to all of the Old Testament prophets, because their revelations, their prophecies, are fulfilled in Him. JESUS fulfills ALL of the Old Testament, and He Himself gives God's final word to man. This cannot be said of any other religious leader!
Whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds . . . Almighty God has appointed Christ Jesus, heir of all things (Ps.2:8; Rom.8:17). This is a proof that He is "the SON of God." If a Son, then He is an heir; for so it is usually among men. I do not think this should be taken literally, as if Christ inherits anything as a man does. An heir is one who inherits anything after the death of its possessor, usually his father. This cannot be applied in this sense to the Lord Jesus. I think heir of all things here means His rank and dignity as the Son of God, and when applied to Christ, it means that, as the Son of God, He is Possessor or Lord of all things, or that all things are His (Acts 2:36; 10:36; Jn.16:15; 17:10). "All things that the Father hath are mine." The sense is, that all things belong to the Son of God. He is LORD of all!
Let us consider that Scripture is the words of God to mankind and it is these Scriptures that give us unity. We should read the Holy Bible as though we are listening to God speaking to us. It may very well be called "the Word of God," because it IS the Word of God! BUT . . . the Scripture is God's speech IN man . . . as well! That heavenly treasure is in vessels of earth, us! It is awesome to study the life of Jesus, and to listen to His marvelous Words. He lived solely by the Father, in the same way that we should live by Him. He clearly told us that the words He spoke, He spoke not of Himself; but that the words and also the works were the product of the Father, who dwelt within Him (Jn.14:10). Through those lips of Flesh the eternal God was speaking. It is more than right that He also be called "the Word of God"!
Hebrews 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; (KJV)
Who being the brightness of his glory . . . this is meant to state the majesty and exalted rank of the Son of God, and is extremely important with reference to the proper view of the Redeemer. I think this refers to Him as the incarnate Son of God.
The divine glory, which was displayed to Isaiah in the vision recorded Isaiah 6:1-4, is expressly said in John 12:41, to have been the glory of Christ. This glory was indeed veiled in flesh when Christ Jesus became incarnate . . . yet He still possessed it, and it shone out, in some degree, on many occasions, especially at His transfiguration, and even in His entire ministry. Unlimited wisdom revealed itself in His discourses; almighty power in His miracles; unspeakable love in His kindly actions; and holiness unparalleled in His Spirit and His conduct.
And the express image of his person . . . this means that Christ has the same equality and similar nature as the Father has, yet there is a difference of Persons . . . but if the Father is God, Christ must also be God, and if God is a Person, His Son must be also, or He could NOT be the express image and character of Him. (Col.1:15).
And upholding all things by the word of his power . . . the words are to be understood not of the Father, upholding all things by His essential and powerful Word, His Son (Jn.1:1); but of the Son Himself, who upholds all creatures He has made; preserves every creature and supports them, supplying them with the provisions of life; and rules and governs all.
When he had by himself purged our sins . . . this belongs to the Son of God, Himself, who by Himself, and Himself alone, by the Sacrifice of Himself, made atonement for the sins of His people; which is meant by the purging of OUR sins. He took OUR sins upon Himself, and bore them, and carried them FAR away, and utterly obliterated them (Heb.8:12; 10:17), which the priests under the law could NEVER do: and when Christ had done this,
He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high . . . that Jesus sat down means that His work was completed. Christ's Sacrifice was final and COMPLETE! Nothing else is needed! He is at God's right hand now, He is still very interested in those who are His own, and He is available to us 24/7. Do you need comfort? Mercy? Forgiveness? Help? Wisdom? Whatever it is that you need, He is there to come through for us. When you ask Christ to intervene in your behalf, He will work it out according to His will (not yours). Christ is at the right hand of the Father, to make intercession for us (Heb.7:25). We can obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need (Heb.4:16). Mary cannot help you; Buddha cannot help you; Mohammed cannot help you; NO founder of any religion can help you. NO modern faith healer can help you. Only Christ Jesus can help us!
"Majesty" here means God the Father, to whom majesty belongs; for He is clothed with it, and it is all around Him. His "right hand" means His power, greatness and glory, and expresses the high honor that Christ, as Man, possesses, for His sitting here means the outstanding adoration of Him in human nature, AFTER His sufferings, death and resurrection from the dead. This reveals that Jesus’ had done His work, and it was fully accepted by God the Father (Eph.5:2), and Jesus is now enjoying comfort, rest, honor and glory. Great words: atonement, justified!
Atonement: (Rom.5:1,11; Heb.;9:2,14; 10:19,29; 12:24; 13:12,20; 1 Pet.1:8-9). Atonement is the reconciling of God and mankind through the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (KJV) . . . Justified: (Rom.3:20,24,28; 5:9; Gal.2:16; 3:11). Justified = just as if we never sinned . . . when we believe God and accept His only begotten Son as Saviour and Lord, we are justified! Justified . . . declared NOT guilty in the court of Heaven! Thank You Jesus!
Christ Is Superior to Angels (Heb.1:4-14)
Hebrews 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. (KJV)
Being made so much better than the angels . . . Christ is so much better than the angels, for Christ is the Creator, and the angels are His creations! Christ is an independent Being, the angels depend on God. Christ is worshipped, by the angels!
As he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they . . . Christ Jesus is the Son of God, a Name common to Him . . . this Name belongs ONLY to Christ, NEVER to the angels.
Hebrews 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? (KJV)
For unto which of the angels said he at any time . . . God the Father NEVER said to any angel what He said to His Son.
Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee . . . although angels are at times called the sons of God, (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7). They are NEVER God’s Son in a true sense, as Christ Jesus is.
Psalm 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. (KJV) . . . This is here said TO Christ, and OF Him. This verse is owned by Jewish writers, both ancient and modern, to belong to the Messiah. Christ Jesus IS the Son of God, NOT by Creation, NOT by adoption, NOT by office, but by nature. Jesus IS the true, 100% accurate, natural and eternal Son of Almighty God.
And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?. . . these are the words of God the Father, spoken to Jesus as His only begotten Son. Only begotten Son: (Jn.1:18; 3:16,18; Heb.11:17; 1 Jn.4:9).
Hebrews 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. (KJV)
And again, when he bringeth the first begotten into the world . . . "the first begotten" means Christ Jesus (Rev.1:5). “My firstborn” is a Name given to Christ in the Old Testament, and which the Hebrews were well acquainted with (Ps.89:27), and this is acknowledged to be understood of the Messiah; who, as the Son of God, is the only begotten of the Father, and was begotten from eternity, before any creature had a being, and therefore Jesus, the Son of God is called the firstborn of every creature (Col.1:15).
He saith, and let all the angels of God worship him . . . all the good angels have worshipped Him, and they shall continue to worship Him; as they have always done, and will continue to do so. The angels that fell when Satan fell KNOW exactly WHO Jesus is and what power He has! (Mat.8:29; 25:41; 2 Pet.2:4; Jude 1:6; Rev.12:9). They do NOT worship God!
Hebrews 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. (KJV)
And of the angels he saith . . . God here tells of the duties of the angels (Ps.104:4),
Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire . . . good angels are willing ministers to God, forever in His Presence, ready to perform any service He commands them. They continually sing praises to Him (Job 38:7), and are His chariots in which He rides. They ministered to Christ (Mat.4:11; Mk.1:13; Lk.22:43). They attended His incarnation: were anxious for His preservation, ministered to Him in distress, was at His resurrection, and went along with Him in His ascension, and will be with Him at His Second Coming. Angels sometimes appear in fiery forms. It seems that they were the chariots and horses of fire, by which Elijah was carried up to Heaven. A flaming fire: (2 Ki.2:11; 7:17; Eze.1:13).
Hebrews 1:8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. (KJV)
But unto the Son, he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever . . . these are words that Almighty God spoke to His only begotten Son. He NEVER said this to the angels! This sets Jesus infinitely above the angels! It shows Him to be a Prince and King. (Ps.45:6-7).
A sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom . . . the scepter is a banner or staff of royalty; and a scepter of righteousness, expresses the justice of His government, which is a scepter of mercy. The scepter of the Lord Jesus Christ is the scepter of righteousness, meaning that He will govern righteously and enforce righteous behavior.
A good example of this is Ahasuerus stretching out his scepter toward Esther and shows that such is the Gospel of Christ, which declares the mercy, grace and love of God to mankind through His blessed and Holy Son, Christ Jesus, and which may be called a scepter of righteousness, since it reveals and directs us to the righteousness of Christ, and encourages us to do works of righteousness. It means the righteous government of Christ's kingly office; for just and true is He, as He has always been, and will forever more be His ways, as King of saints.
Hebrews 1:9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (KJV)
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity . . . verses 8 and 9 are quoted from Psalm 45:6-7, which tells us that it is one of the great Messianic psalms. Psalm 45 tells us that there is a Special One coming in the line of David who will rule in righteousness. This Special One who is coming, according to the writer to the Hebrews, is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the One who will rule in righteousness. God has NOT given the right or power to rule the Earth to any angel, just Jesus! "Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity" is a remarkable statement. Can you even begin to imagine this Earth being ruled by One who loves righteousness and hates iniquity? Our government today is SO corrupt . . . and this is not only in America, but world-wide! Jesus is far superior to angels because He is going to rule over the Universe. He IS the Messiah. He IS the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who IS going to rule this Earth someday. And my friend, He shall do it RIGHT!
Therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows . . .the Anointer is God the Father, who is the God of Christ, as Man, and is so called, because He formed the human nature of Christ, and supported it under all its sufferings, and has glorified it. And as Man, Jesus prayed to Him, believed in Him, loved Him and ALWAYS obeyed Him. The Anointed One is the Son of God. He IS the Son spoken to, and is called God in the preceding verse, although He is not anointed as God, but as Mediator, to be Prophet, Priest and King. What Jesus is anointed with is NOT physical oil, but spiritually, with the Holy Ghost, as it is explained in (Acts 10:38-43), and is called the oil of gladness (Ps.45:7), referring to the use of oil at feasts and weddings. Jesus was the ONLY One ever anointed thee with the oil of gladness by God the Father. No other man or angel was ever anointed in this SPECIAL way! This was reserved for Christ Jesus alone! For NO other one could fulfill the job God the Father had in store for Him! He and He alone is the Messiah, the Christ!
Jesus IS God: http://www.godcannotlie.org/is_jesus_god.htm
Hebrews 1:10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: (KJV)
And thou Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth . . . there is only ONE Person this could possibly be, and that is the Lord Jesus Christ! It seems that the angels were created in the beginning of the Creation, after the foundation of the Earth, and this shows the eternity of Christ, the Lord, the Creator of the Earth, had to exist before the foundation of the world (Jn.1:1-2), and His creating angels proves He is far superior to angels. This shows the wisdom of the Creator in laying such a foundation; and proves the deity of Christ, by whom that, all things in it, were made by Him.
The heavens are the works of thine hands . . . there are more heavens than one. There is the airy heaven, where the birds fly and where the clouds are. (Ps.8:8; Lam.4:19). There is the second heaven where all the stars are. (Deut.17:3; Jer.8:2; Mat.24:29). And there is the Heaven of heavens, the third heaven, where God and the holy angels and spirits of just men dwell. It is called “The heaven of heavens,” (Deut.10:14; 1 Ki.8:27; Ps.115:16; 148:4). The third Heaven is beyond the space and stars, where no man has seen by telescope, or ever will! This Heaven is the dwelling-place of God, to which it seems that Paul was taken, and whose wonders he was permitted to see. It is specifically named “the third heaven” by Paul in 2 Cor.12:2. Paul mentions being caught up to the third heaven (2Cor.12:2), the word “paradise” describes a different feature of “the third heaven.” (Lk.234:43; 2 Cor.12:4; Rev,2:7).
These heavens were created at the beginning, as the earth was, (Gen.1:1) and are the direct work of Christ Jesus. They were made by Himself, NOT by the means of any angels, who were not in being until these were made. Angels gave NO assistance in any part of Creation!
Laid the foundation of the Earth: (Job 26:7; 38;4-7; Ps.24:2; 33:9; 102:25; 104:5; 136:6; Isa.45:12,18; 51:13,16; Jn.1:3; Eph.3:9; Col.1:16-17; Heb.1;2-3,10-12). Christ Jesus is the Creator of ALL things!
Hebrews 1:11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; (KJV)
They shall perish . . . the heavens and the earth in their present form and fashion shall one day pass away. The curse will be removed from them, and they will be renewed and purified, but the substance of them will continue.
But thou remainest . . . the Son of God, the Messiah, shall remain unchanged throughout eternity (Mal.3:6; Heb.6:18; 13:8; Jam.1:17). There will NEVER be any change or alteration, in His divine or His human nature, neither as God or Man, nor in His office as Mediator; for as a Priest, He has an unchangeable priesthood, and ever lives to make intercession for His people. As a King, His Kingdom is everlasting, of which there will be no end; and as a Prophet, He will be the Everlasting Light, of His people. Everlasting Kingdom: (Ps.145:13; Dan.7:14,27).
They all shall wax old as doth a garment . . . clothing in time, wears out, and it loses its beauty and usefulness, unless a miracle is done, as was case of the children of Israel in the wilderness. Their clothing did NOT wear out in the 40 years of wandering in the wilderness (Deut.8:3-4; 29:5; Neh.9:21). The heavens and their light as a garment and a curtain (Ps.104:2), together with the Earth, will in time come to their end of usefulness, in the present form of them. (Isa.51:6).
Hebrews 1:12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. (KJV)
And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up . . . the heavens are represented in the Scriptures as an expanse, or something spread out (Ge.1:7), and a curtain or tent (Isa.40:22), and as a scroll that might be spread out or rolled up like an ancient book (Isa.34:4; Rev.6:14). Here the heavens are represented as a worn out garment or mantle that might be folded up. This language is borrowed from folding up and laying aside garments that are no longer fit to use.
And they shall be changed . . . they shall be exchanged for others, or they shall give place to the new heavens and the new earth (Isa.65:17; 66:22; 2 Pet.3:13). The meaning is, that the now present form of the heavens and the Earth is NOT permanent, but shall be replaced by new ones. The old ones shall pass away, but that the Almighty Creator shall remain the same.
But thou art the same . . . the Lord Jesus, the Messiah will NEVER change.
And thy years shall not fail . . . Jesus shall exist for ever UNCHANGED. What could more clearly prove that He of whom this is spoken is absolute and unassailable? This is without a doubt, spoken of the Messiah, and demonstrates that He is GOD! None of these attributes can be conferred on ANY creature; and nothing can be clearer, than whoever wrote the epistle to the Hebrews believed that the Son of God WAS God!
Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? (KJV)
But to which of the angels said he at any time, sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool . . . God the Father NEVER said these words to anyone in His council, prophet or angel, for He NEVER intended to give any such honor, EXCEPT His only begotten Son, as is hereafter expressed. He NEVER promised it to them, NEVER bestowed it on them; NEVER called up any of them to such a high a place, or to such an honor. Yet He certainly did say these words to His Son. “Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” Only to the Messiah, are they spoken, and have had their fulfilment in Him. (Mat.22:44). Therefore He is absolutely FAR superior to the angels.
Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? (KJV)
Are they not all ministering spirits . . . there is NOT one angel that is elevated to the high rank of the Redeemer, or ever will be. Even the most exalted angel has a humble job of a ministering spirit, appointed to assist the heirs of salvation, meaning God’s TRUE children (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8). If you have not been born again spiritually into God’s family, you are NOT God’s child. A ministering spirit is an angel that is employed to execute the will of God. Angels are servants to God, to Christ, and to His people, and therefore they are far inferior to the Son of God.
Sent forth to minister for them who shall be the heirs of salvation? . . . angels are sent forth, appointed by God for this. They are sent; are under God’s control; and are in a lesser capacity. A top angel, Gabriel was sent forth to convey an important message to Daniel (Dan.9:21-23). To minister or to aid the saints. Heirs of salvation are God’s children, the saints, TRUE Christians. They are called "heirs of salvation," because they have been adopted into the family of God, and are treated as His sons (Rom.8:14).
The main point here is, angels work in a much more humble capacity than the Son of God! And therefore, the Son of God sustains a far more elevated rank. Christ is the Son; angels are servants. Christ is King; angels are subjects. Christ is the Creator; angels are creatures. Christ at this very moment is waiting until His enemies will be made His footstool (Ps.110:1). The Father NEVER gave any such Promise to any angel, but instead He says that someday His Son shall rule an everlasting Kingdom! This fantastic section sets before us the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and the exaltation of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is far superior than the angels, because He IS God!
#1. Angels have a deep interest in man. "There is joy in heaven among the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth," Luke 15:10.
#2. Angels are concerned about the "little ones" that compose his church, "In heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven," Matthew 18:10.
#3. Angels have a special interest in all that relates to the redemption of man. Peter says of the things pertaining to redemption, "which things the angels desire to look into," 1 Peter 1:12.
#4. Angels appear for the defense and protection of the people of God. It is said, "The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them." Psalm 34:7. Two angels came to hurry Lot away from the cities of the Plain, and to rescue him from the impending destruction, Genesis 19:1,15. An angel opened the prison doors of the apostles, and delivered them when they had been confined by the Jews, Acts 5:19. The angel of the Lord delivered Peter from prison, when he had been confined by Herod, Acts 12:7,8.
#5. Angels are sent to give us strength to resist temptation, just as aid was furnished to the Redeemer in the garden of Gethsemane, when there "appeared an angel from heaven strengthening him," Luke 22:43.
#6. They support us in affliction. An angel brought a cheering message to Daniel; the angels were present to give comfort to the disciples of the Saviour, when he had been taken from them by death, and when he ascended to heaven. Why may it not be so now, that important consolations, in some way, are imparted to us by angelic influence? And
#7. Angels attend dying saints, and carry them to glory. Thus the Saviour says of Lazarus, that-when he died he "was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom," Luke 16:22.
There is NOTHING improper in our supposing that the same thing may be done still. I believe that any time heavenly aid is needed in our life on Earth, the angels are there to help us! I KNOW, without any doubt that the angels watch over me. There have been times that I would have been in real trouble, even dead, if it were not for God’s angels. But the best part of this is, the angels help us because we believe and accept who Jesus is, and it is at Jesus' command that they watch over us. Thank You Lord Jesus!
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