Jesus Christ Deserves Our Full Allegiance: Hebrews 1:1-14
Jesus Christ Deserves Our Full Allegiance: Hebrews 1:1-14By: Todd Hudnall
I apologize for posting so late today. This morning I had the oral defense of my doctoral work. It actually was a fun and enjoyable experience. I’m a month away from being done with this almost six-year process. It was a good experience but I’ll be so glad to be done.
Heb. 1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
Heb. 1:2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
In the Old Testament God spoke to us in prophet language, now he speaks in Son language. Jesus Christ is the heir of all things (we are joint heirs with Him) and the primary agent in creation.
Heb. 1:3 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 at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
To know what God is like, we need only look at Jesus. Christ not only created all things, He continues to uphold it. The word that said, “Let there be light” and the big bang erupted, is still at work.
Heb. 1:4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
The word better is the key word to the book of Hebrews. Here we learn, far from being an angel, Jesus who created angels is better than angels.
Heb. 1:5 For to which of the angels did He ever say:
“You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You”? And again:
“I will be to Him a Father,
And He shall be to Me a Son”?
Jesus Christ as timeless Son of God was never born. Yet, the fullness of His Sonship was revealed after the perfect obedience demonstrated in His finished work.
Heb. 1:6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says:
“Let all the angels of God worship Him.”
Heb. 1:7 And of the angels He says:
“Who makes His angels spirits
And His ministers a flame of fire.”
Firstborn speaks of rank and is a Messianic title (Ps. 89:27). He is not an angel, but is better than the created angels. This is seen in the fact that the angels worship Him.
Heb. 1:8 But to the Son He says:
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
Heb. 1:9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”
Heb. 1:10 And:
“You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth,
And the heavens are the work of Your hands.
Heb. 1:11 They will perish, but You remain;
And they will all grow old like a garment;
Heb. 1:12 Like a cloak You will fold them up,
And they will be changed.
But You are the same,
And Your years will not fail.”
Jesus Christ is God. He laid the foundations of the earth, the heavens are the work of His hands and He will someday transform this earth. The earth will change but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Heb. 1:13 But to which of the angels has He ever said:
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?
Heb. 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
We are the heir of salvation that angels were created to minister for. God dispatches them to do His will in our behalf.
As the creator God and the unique Son of God, who will bring about the regeneration of the heavens and the earth, Jesus Christ deserves our worship and our full allegiance.