Christ Superior to Angels

Angels: The Ministering Spirits of God

The Superiority of Christ to Angels

Hebrews 1:1-2:18

          Many people have an interest in angels and love to think about angels. Speaking through the Bible, the Holy Spirit of God teaches us in the Book of Hebrews about angels, but the Holy Spirit starts with a special revelation about Jesus Christ.  We know that God took flesh and lived among men as Jesus Christ.  You see, Jesus Christ was God in the flesh, and infinitely superior to angels in every way. Also, never forget that Jesus was fully God and fully man at the same time. As God who created the entire universe, Jesus humbled Himself and became a man, born of Mary the virgin, and lived among men, just like a man without sins. Therefore, to understand angels, we should first understand Jesus Christ. The best guide to understanding angels will be the Bible, which is the Word of God.  In the Bible, the Holy Spirit of God helps us understand angels. So, let usturn to the Book of Hebrews to begin our study of Angels.

Hebrews 1:4, page 1869
“having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.”

Jesus Better than the Angels.  In the beginning, Jesus was God and has always been God.  When Jesus took flesh, Jesus came to earth make purification for sins. 1Consider Hebrews 1:3, page 1869. After Jesus had made purification for sins (“καθαρισμὸν τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ποιησάμενος”) by dying on the cross, Jesus then sat down at the right hand of God in heaven.  Compare Philippians 2:7, page 1836, which declares that Jesus emptied himself (” ἑαυτὸν ἐκένωσεν “), taking the form of a bond servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Jesus never stopped being God, even when He walked upon the earth in flesh.  Jesus created angels long before He came to earth in the flesh.  So, as we study angels, we need to keep in mind that Jesus created all the angels, because He is the Son of God, and inherited as the Son of God a better name than all angels. Do not misunderstand. Jesus was never created, but has always been eternal God.  

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1. Consider Hebrews 1:3, page 1869. After Jesus had made purification for sins (“καθαρισμὸν τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ποιησάμενος”) by dying on the cross, Jesus then sat down at the right hand of God in heaven.  Compare Philippians 2:7, page 1836, which declares that Jesus emptied himself (” ἑαυτὸν ἐκένωσεν “), taking the form of a bond servant, and being made in the likeness of men.
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