1. The main theme of Hebrews is "the superiority of Christ." 2. In the first section of Hebrews (1:1-4:13), attention is given to "the superiority of Christ as God's spokesman." 3. As God's spokesman Christ is superior to the prophets (1:1-3). 4. In this lesson we are studying the information presented in Hebrews 1:4-14. 5. These verses show how "Christ is superior to the angels." 6. Let us first consider several . . .
I. GENERAL MATTERS PERTAINING TO ANGELS
A. Angels are spiritual beings created by God (Psalm 148:1-5). B. Angels were created to do God's will (Psalm 103:20-21). C. Angels have primarily served as "messengers" (Genesis 19:15; Judges 13:2-5).
II. (Hebrews 1:4-14) CHRIST IS SUPERIOR TO THE ANGELS IN THAT:
A. He was "made so much better than the angels" (vs.4a) B. He has "by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they" (vs.4b; Philippians 2:9-11) C. He is God's Son (vs.5; Psalm 2:7) D. He was worshipped by angels (vs.6; Luke 2:8-15) E. angels are ministers (vs.7; Psalm 104:4) F. He is an eternal King (vs.8; Psalm 45:6) G. He has been anointed above the angels (vs.9; Psalm 45:7; 1 Peter 3:21-22) H. He is the eternal Creator of all things (vs.10-12; John 1:1-3) I. He sits at the Father's right hand while angels are ministering spirits (vs.13-14; Psalm 110:1).
1. In the past God intended for men to listen to messages that He sent through angels. 2. However, He now intends for us to listen to His Son.