Hebrews 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. The writer of the book of Hebrews goes to great effort to help us understand that Jesus is greater than the angels. Today we will consider ‘how Jesus is greater’ and tomorrow – ‘why this truth is important.’
Hebrews 1:5 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.
First we see that God has never declared an angel to be His one and only Son. That title has been given only to Jesus. The Apostle Paul tells us that God has made this declaration with an exclamation point.
Romans 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
After Jesus was crucified, they took His body and buried it in a tomb. The religious leaders, who were His enemies, did all they could to make sure that His body remained in the tomb. The went to Pilate and said: Matthew 27:63 Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. 64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first. Pilate responded to their request by placing an official Roman seal upon the stone that sealed the tomb. Historians tells us that breaking the Roman seal was a capital offense that carried the death penalty. In addition, Pilate issued Roman guards to stand watch over the seal and to guard it around the clock. Yet neither death nor a garrison of soldiers could keep God’s Son in the grave. On the third day He walked out of the tomb, just as He had said. This fact was so well known that less than two months later, Peter stood in the Temple courtyard and openly preached the resurrection of Jesus as undeniable proof that He was the Son of God. (see Acts 2:31-36)
In addition to the resurrection of Christ, the writer of Hebrews also tells us that God declared the deity of His Son by commanding ‘all’ of the angels to worship Him. Scripture teaches us that angels are never to be worshipped. (see Revelation 22:9) They are but created spirit beings with the purpose of serving God’s saints. (see Heb 1:14) Though Satan (a fallen angel) tried to deceive Jesus and cause Him to worship him, our Lord declared – “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Mt 4:10)
We see also that God never said to an angel – ‘Sit thou at My right hand until I make Thy enemies Thy footstool.’ (Heb 1:13) Nor was any angel ever declared to be God sitting upon His throne. Hebrews 1:8 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. 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
Jesus is not an angel. He is the eternal Son of God. He is the – One and Only.