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God the Father's Supreme and Final Revelation to Humanity Part 3
Hebrews 1:4-5 Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 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 Note: MKJV = Modern King James Version
Our Lord, Master, and Savior Jesus Christ (as we learned from the last study/commentary Volume 2 by what the Apostle John wrote concerning Him in (John 1:1-2) & (John 1:14) always was and there never was any time He was not, yet, because of the first man's sin (Adam) all mankind would have to be reborn, regenerated, and resurrected internally before any of us could ever approach God the Father, therefore, He (Christ) who was in the beginning with the Father voluntarily humbled Himself, as it is written in Philippians here, "Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." (Philippians 2:6-8) (MKJV), by becoming a man and taking on every man's/woman's sin upon Himself making Himself lower than the angels that He had created, but through His exaltation back to heaven He is now restored back to His rightful and proper place of ruler over all creation and all created things. The writer of Hebrews expresses this truth with these words in this next verse, "Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." (Hebrews 1:4) (KJV).
The writer of Hebrews here is speaking specifically to the newly converted Jews to Christianity understanding there knowledge of the lofty role played by angels in the Old Testament dispensation, especially in the giving of the law. Christ inheritance comes from having made Himself the sin-bearer for humanity and now He has inherited 'the Church', that is all those human sinners who come to Him as gaudy, gross, and guilty sinners recognizing Him as their only hope now (in time) and forever (in eternity). Here is what F.B. Meyer had to say of Christ unique status above the angels, "Jesus is the channel of creation, providence and redemption. He is the far-traveled ray of Deity; but not one among many equals, for of Him alone could it be said that His nature was co-extensive with God’s, as a seal with the die. He is on the throne, not merely because of His original nature, but as the reward of His obedience unto death, Philippians 2:9." The writer of Hebrews expresses the unique status given to the Lord Jesus Christ and that being completely different from any angel of God with these words in the very next verse, "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?" (Hebrews 1:5) (KJV).
We know the names of two prominent angels that appeared on ocassions in the Old Testament; one being Gabriel who announced to Mary that she would carry the Messiah in her womb and give birth to Him. Gabriel was never referred to as a son of God, but an angel of God. The archangel Michael also was never referred to as a son of God. The Apostle John again is the writer who declares to us the uniqueness of our Lord Jesus Christ when he wrote these words speaking of Him, "No one has seen God at any time; the Only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him." (John 1:18) (MKJV). This expresses the unity and the unique Oneness of God the Father and God the Son which is not true of any angel, Micheal or Gabriel included. Here is what the Expositor's Bible Commentary had to say of Christ superiority to angels, "Christ is Son of God, not in the sense in which angels, as a class of beings, are designated by this name, but as He Who has taken His seat on the right hand of the Majesty on high. The greatness of His position is proportionate to the excellency of the name of Son. This name He has not obtained by favour nor attained by effort, but inherited by indefeasible right. Josephus says that the Essenes forbade their disciples to divulge the names of the angels. But He Who has revealed God has been revealed Himself. He is Son. Which of the angels was ever so addressed? To speak of the angels as sons and yet say that not one of them individually is a son may be self-contradictory in words, but the thought is consistent and true."
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reade, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…
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