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Summary: “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” This is God’s testimony that Jesus was His Son, begotten of Him, thus setting forth the Deity in His virgin birth. [Angels are created, not born.]

2/28/19

Tom Lowe

Lesson #3: Demonstrated From the Old Testament (Hebrews 1:5-14)

Scripture: Hebrews 1: 5-14 (NIV)

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?

Lesson #3

(1:5) 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”?

Paul quotes here from Psalm 2:7. He points out first the Son’s superiority in relation to the Father: “For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father”? This is God’s testimony that Jesus was His Son, begotten of Him, thus setting forth the Deity in His virgin birth. [Angels are created, not born.]

In Job 1:6 the angels, in a collective way, are spoken of as “the Sons of God.” In John 1:12 we read that believers are “the sons of God.” But there is no place in either the Old Testament or the New where God speaks of men or angels in these words: “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.” Those words are spoken only of Christ Jesus our Savior. According to this verse, Jesus Christ has a more excellent name than the angels have: “So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs” (Heb. 1:4).

Yes, Jesus has a more excellent name than Moses, Aaron, Joshua, David, Daniel, or the angels. He has a more excellent name than all in heaven or on earth. “I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands” (2 Sam. 7:14). This is referring to God’s covenant to have a Son of David on the throne.

The title “Son of God” was first used at the Annunciation [announcement] when Gabriel told Mary that she would be the mother of the Savior: “... .Therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called “the Son of God” (Luke 1:3). The title was declared by God when Christ was baptized at the beginning of His earthly ministry (Matt. 3:17) and again on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matt. 17:5). Christ is called “the Son of God” over and over again in the Gospels which record the events of his earthly ministry.

The question asked in verse 5 is from Psalm 2:7. “None” is the answer. The angels serve before the throne. The Son sits on the throne. That Jesus is the Son of God can be seen in three ways:

1. SEEN IN HIS VIRGIN BIRTH (Luke 1:35).

2. SEEN IN HIS VICARIOUS BAPTISM (Luke 3:22).

3. SEEN IN HIS VICTORIOUS RESURRECTION (Acts 13:33)

(1:6) And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

This verse is a quote from Psalm 89:27 and Psalm97:7. If God, Himself, says that the angels are to worship the Son, then the Son must be God. If He is God, then He is worthy to be worshipped.

“And again” is suggestive of a second time. Thus it would read, “And when again God bringeth in the First begotten. . .” into the world. When Jesus comes the second time in power and great glory to sit on the throne of David to reign, all inhabitants of earth and all the angels of God will worship at His nail-scarred feet! Here we see again that the son is far superior to and much better than the angels so much so that God the Father commands angels to give Him their adoration and worship.

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