Christ Superior to Angels

Hebrews 1:5, page 1869
“For to which of the angels did He ever say, ‘YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU’? and again, ‘I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME’?”

God Never Called an Angel the “Son of God”.  In Hebrews 1:5, page 1869, we learn that Jesus was born into the world through Mary as a Son of God. Jesus explained that the quotation from the Old Testament, “YOU ARE MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU” refers to His resurrection. 1See Psalm 2:7, page 858.  In Acts 13:33, page 1726, the Holy Spirit interpreted this statement to mean that Jesus was “begotten” (“γεγέννηκά”) in the sense that Jesus was raised from the dead. Jesus was never begotten in the sense of created by God, because Jesus was always God Himself and created all things. 2See John 1:1-3, page page 1653 and Colossians 1:16017, pages 1841-1842; regarding the deity of Jesus, see Colossians 2:9, page 1843 Therefore, we know that Jesus has always been infinitely superior to the angels because He created the angels, and enjoys a special relationship to God the Father.  As the Son of God, Jesus has an infinitely better relationship with the God the Father than any angel.  God the Father never called any angel His son.  Only Jesus enjoys that title and relationship with God the Father.

Hebrews 1:6, page 1869
“And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says, ‘AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.'”

Angels Worship Jesus.  We see that angels worship Jesus. So, we also learn the first thing that angels do: they worship Jesus. Notice that all the angels of God worship Jesus. When you read the Book of Revelation, you see many kinds of angels and many other beings worshiping Jesus in heaven. 3Revelation 7:11, page 1922; compare Revelation 5:11-14, page 1920 Because the angels worship only God, 4Compare Revelation:19:10, page 1937, where the angel tells John not to worship him, but only God. Notice too that the angel called himself a “fellow servant of yours and your brethren” (“σύνδουλός σού εἰμι καὶ τῶν ἀδελφῶν σου”) and he holds the testimony (“τὴν μαρτυρίαν”)  of Jesus. 

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1. See Psalm 2:7, page 858.  In Acts 13:33, page 1726, the Holy Spirit interpreted this statement to mean that Jesus was “begotten” (“γεγέννηκά”) in the sense that Jesus was raised from the dead.
2. See John 1:1-3, page page 1653 and Colossians 1:16017, pages 1841-1842; regarding the deity of Jesus, see Colossians 2:9, page 1843
3. Revelation 7:11, page 1922; compare Revelation 5:11-14, page 1920
4. Compare Revelation:19:10, page 1937, where the angel tells John not to worship him, but only God. Notice too that the angel called himself a “fellow servant of yours and your brethren” (“σύνδουλός σού εἰμι καὶ τῶν ἀδελφῶν σου”) and he holds the testimony (“τὴν μαρτυρίαν”)  of Jesus