|Study of Hebrews|
By E.H. “Jack” Sequeira
Being so much better [note the key word, “better”] than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?
To 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?
And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him.
And again when He bringeth in the First Born into the world [i.e., when Christ was born in a manger in Bethlehem] he saieth, And let all the angels of God worship Him.
And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
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.
And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands.
They shall perish [that is this creation will come to an end because of the fall] but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
In the beginning [i.e., from eternity, in the Greek there is no “the,” it is literally, “in beginning”] was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God and all things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made. [In Him was Life, unborrowed, underived.]
Col.1:16: For by Him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him.
But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
In other words, God is saying to His Son, “You sit here; I have given you all authority.” He never said that to the angels. The angels are simply ministers as given in verse fourteen:
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Therefore, [in view of the fact that Christ is above the angels] we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.
For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward....
Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. [Moses was that mediator.]
How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.
He who believes shall not be condemned but he who believes not shall be condemned because he believeth not in the only begotten Son. [Look also at Mark 16:15,16.] Go into all the world and preach the gospel. He who believes and is baptized will be saved. He who believes not will be damned.
If we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth there remaineth no more sacrifice for sin.
...neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord [when He said, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand”], and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him [which were the apostles].