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Summary: Jesus, better than the angels

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Hebrews 1:4-9

August 12, 2012

We started through Hebrews and we covered the first three verses:

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2Hath 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; 3Who 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:

The main theme is that Jesus is better: better than the prophets and better than creation. The reason is that He’s the visible manifestation of the invisible God—He is God.

Today we’re going to pick up in verse 4 and see that He’s also better than angels because He’s called the Son of God and He has obtained the inheritance of life from the dead:

4Being made so much better than the angels,

The Greek verb for “being made” is in what’s called the Middle Voice. All that means is that the one performing the action also receives the results of the action. For instance: “She combed her hair.” The one doing the combing is also the one being combed. This is the way we’re supposed to read verse four. It’s not that He was created or that He rose in power—we might paraphrase it to say “having made Himself” better than the angels—

as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5For 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?

Jesus has a better name than the angels because He (as God’s Son) is God’s heir.

“We declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. 34And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David” (Acts 13:32-34).

Look over at Psalm 2:

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? 2The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, 3Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 4He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision. 5Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 6Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 7I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 8Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 9Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. 10Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. 11Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. 12Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.


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