Hebrews 1: Lesson 7

Today we are going to look at Hebrews 1:8-14.  Last lesson we examined how the angels are lower than Christ.  Today we will look at why Christ is higher than the angels.  Let’s read the passage …

But to the Son He says:

“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

10 And:

“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
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.”

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?

Beginning in verse 8, we see that God the Father is speaking to the Son.  This is a quote from Psalm 45:6,7.  And what does God the Father say to God the Son?

But to the Son He says:

“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.

God the Father is declaring that Christ Jesus is the eternal God.  And though the Son is God, He is distinct from the Father.  We see that here:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  (John 1:1)

Back to verse 9, we are reminded of the perfect and active obedience of Christ on our behalf while He lived on earth …

You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; . . .

Christ lived a life of perfect obedience to the Father.  He loved the law of God and despised the lawlessness of man.  Through His sufferings, He remained sinless and obedient.  (Hebrews 4:15; 5:8; 7:26)

The rest of verse 9 tells us what happened as the result of that perfect obedience . . .

. . . Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”

Did you notice the word “therefore?”  Whenever you see that word, it is a clue that what follows is the result of something.  In other words, Christ had lived a life of perfect obedience, THEREFORE, God has anointed Him.  In fact, the name Christ means “the Anointed One.”

Then in verse 10 we read …

10 And:

“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.

Christ was “in the beginning” and He “laid the foundation of the earth” and “the heavens are the work of [His] hands.”  He is the eternal God and the Creator God.  This world didn’t evolve.  It was created by the hands of Jesus Christ.  As we discussed in Lesson 2.

We are told in verses 11-12 that the heavens and earth will grow old and perish, but Christ, the eternal God, remains.  He is unchanging (Hebrews 13:8).  The heavens and the earth will be changed, but Christ is the same forever.  It is Christ’s unchangeableness that is the assurance of salvation for those who trust in Him.

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.”

We end Chapter 1 of Hebrews being reminded of yet another reason Christ is exalted over the angels.

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?

The Father has no given any angel the honor of sitting at His right hand.  This honor is only given to Jesus.  And in verse 14, we are told what we are to believe regarding angels.  They are ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation.  They are servants of God and not equal to nor above Him.

But don’t miss the promise the Father makes to the Son in verse 13 …

13 But to which of the angels has He ever said:

“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?

The day is coming when all of the enemies of Christ will be made to submit to His rule as the King of kings.  His people willingly bow the knee to Him.  His enemies bristle at the thought.  But one day each and every enemy will bow the knee to our Lord and Savior (Philippians 2:9-11).  What a glorious sight that will be!

APPLICATION:  Do you believe the story of creation or the theory of evolution?  Only one can be true.  I choose to believe the Word of God and not the theories of men.  Do you rest in the knowledge that Christ is unchangeable?  That should give you assurance in your salvation.  If you trust in Christ for your salvation, it is sure.  And let me ask, do you bend or bristle?  If you bend your knee in worship and praise to God, then you are richly blessed in this life and the next.  If you do not bend the knee, then one day you will be made to do so.  God will not be mocked (Galatians 6:7).  Choose this day whom you will serve.  God or Satan.  Those are the two choices.  I encourage you, friend, to choose God, for in Him is eternal life.

Bless and  Be Blessed in His Name!

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