|The author, who we may see as Paul, writes to Hebrew Christians who are getting discouraged and perhaps have never given up some of the practices that pointed forward to Christ. He says Christ is better than angels, than Moses, and than Aaron (as High Priest). The new covenant is better, the sacrifice is better, and so on.|
¶ God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past
unto the fathers by the prophets,
.2 Hath 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;
.3 Who 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;
1 - God ... appointed The first three verses connect Christ with the Father.
3 - Brightness Here we may know the Father. We dare not go beyond what we are told in Scripture. Also see re0321.
- Worlds From aiones. The Son was an active agent
in the creation of this world jn0103,
Here we see Him in the creation of other places in the universe where life
exists. Compare jn0939.
Our planet may be considered as the lost sheep in contrast to the ninety-nine
in the fold although the parable also describes lost individuals mt1812.
In the preadvent judgment as described in Dan.
7:9, 10 many are witnesses as the books are opened and Jesus presents
the records of those He has chosen to save. Our world is infected by the
plague of sin and it is only just that the saving power of Christ be seen
in those whom He chooses to bring out of it. Perhaps the "ten thousand
times ten thousand" are representatives of unfallen worlds.
3 - Purged our sins On the cross, Christ, took our place and atoned for our sins. The sacrifice was made once for all and is complete. Does this mean His work for our salvation has been completed? No, as we will see by the time we get to chapter 8.
¶ Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance
obtained a more excellent name than they.
.5 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?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
.7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
.8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
- Better than angels There is a good reason why angels do
not normally appear to us. We would tend to bow to them or expect that
they would reveal some great secret. We would be worshipping them re2208.
Also, Satan can pretend to be a good angel 2co1114. His fallen angel friends can impersonate deceased loved ones. ec0905. We would be tempted to listen to these sources claiming to have changed the plain requirements of God da0725. Devils can do real miracles re1603.
5 - You are my Son From through verse 13, are quotations from the OT (Old Testament) showing that Christ is better.
7 - Angels Compare with v14 below and with the source, ps10404.
9 - God An important concept.
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even
thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
.10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
.13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
.14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
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righteousness We can do righteous acts without loving righteousness.
We may be convinced by the logic of truth. As we come closer to Christ,
we begin to love righteousness ps04008
as He does jos2205,
Evil is intensely repulsive to Him.
9 - Anointed Jesus Christ was commissioned to be our Saviour. See de2840, ps02305, ps09210.
10-12 One of many quotations from the Septuagint (LXX) establishing the deity of Jesus. See ps10225.
14 - Ministering spirits This is a fundamental definition of angels. Compare is0606.
Do righteous people go to heaven at death and become angels? No and no. However, we will be like angels mr1225.