7760 - Angels Worship Him

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The book of Hebrews opens with a radiant testimony of the splendor of the Son of God. One of the comparisons is with angels.

Let’s look at Hebrews 1; verses 4 and 5:

So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. 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”? And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”

That opening sentence requires some investigation. How did the Son become superior to angels?

Since the Son created the angels it would be obvious that he is greater.

And some ask, why the fascination with angels?

The main message in Hebrews is directed to those in the Jewish community. Their view of angels was very much more elevated than with other people. Angels had played important parts in the history of the Jews.

Angels had been used by God to interface with the Jewish people on many occasions. The angel of the Lord appeared to Moses with instructions for delivering Israel from Egypt; and the angel of God protected Israel in their exodus. Angels also were instrumental in delivering the Law through Moses

(Gal. 3:19; Heb. 2:2).

It is accepted that prior to his incarnation in the flesh, the Son was equal with Father God in heavenly realms. Scripture clearly declares that when the Son ascended He resumed the position which he had before (John 6:62), and that the glory, which was his before was restored to him and he was seated at the right hand of the Father (John 17:5).

So there must be an explanation why it says he ‘became’ superior. This must relate to those years in which he served as the Son of Man.

Scholars point out that Jesus is the only One in eternal time who is recognized as both Son of God and Son of Man.

As he ascended to heaven and was seated beside Father God, he received a ‘new’ glory. Not necessarily a higher glory, but the glory of a new office as the Son of God/Son of Man.

He had now passed through the experience described in Philippines (2:6-8) as the servant of man to bear the pain and penalty for sin. During this time on earth in flesh he was made a little lower than the angels. Therefore, when the Son resumed his pre-incarnate position there was a new dignity, new acclaim, new prestige ascribed to his glory, certainly by mankind, and likely by the heavenly host, because of what had been accomplished.

The life and work of the Son on earth had fulfilled the plan of God to redeem mankind from sin, and to reconcile fallen humanity with holy God. The new name he received from the Father, authenticated His superiority.

The Son had remained obedient during his entire life on earth. He had experienced every kind of temptation which people experience in life; yet, he never yielded to sin. The Son endured pain and brutality, but he opened not his mouth in scorn. The Son established a new covenant relationship of grace instead of law between Father God and humans. And by serving as the atoning sacrifice the Son became the High Priest of all humanity.

The ultimate fulfillment of the Son’s perfect rule is yet in the future, but it is sure; because that is a promise Father God made to King David.

Now people who accept the forgiveness and cleansing by the blood of the Lamb of God, can actually experience an intimate relationship with holy God.

The writer recalls a Psalm in which Father God refers to Himself as Father, and Jesus Christ as ‘my Son”. Then he refers to another Scripture in which Father God tells all the angels to worship his firstborn as he enters the sphere of earth. With these illustrations he asks if Father God ever called one of his angels as Son?. The answer is “No.” Thus the writer concludes the Son is indeed superior.