Epistle to the Hebrews (1:6-7)   1 comment

Epistle to the Hebrews

Epistle to the Hebrews

And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,“Let all God’s angels worship him.”In speaking of the angels he says,“He makes his angels spirits,and his servants flames of fire.” ” Hebrews 1:6
Paul described to the Colossians this concept of firstborn alluding to the Son.

The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.” Colossians 1:5-18

God has many sons and daughters born of the Spirit. However, Jesus is the reference when we want to talk about Son of God. There is only one firstborn – it’s the Son. Adam was the first human created but Jesus preceded him in the spiritual realm. Jesus is the firstborn over all creation(He existed before creation) and also in resurrection. This title of firstborn does not mean He was the first one to be created. He holds this title as an indication of His leadership on God’s household. Only Him rose from the dead. He is the One who made all things new and on the cross He said “It is finished”.

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.” John 12:23

All these verses describe that Jesus’ death and resurrection are the start of something new. He is also the author, firstborn and predecessor of this new creation. He is the Redeemer and we are the redeemed. As clearly explained by Paul (Romans 6), we have been baptised in His death and are made new by His life. He is also our elder brother (Hebrews 2:12). We are sons and daughters of God because of what Jesus did. But Jesus is THE Son of God, not just an ordinary son. He was the first One who rose from the dead and is therefore the firstborn of this new covenant.

Being firstborn also demonstrates His supremacy. The NLT puts it as such:

And when he brought his supreme Son into the world, God said,“Let all of God’s angels worship him.”

God said to the angels to worship Jesus. This statement has eternal implications. God is jealous and He will not give His glory to another (Isaiah 42:8).

God told the angels He created to worship the Firstborn…Why is this?
In the OT, the seraphim were calling out to one another “Holy, Holy, Holy”

It was in the year King Uzziah died that I saw the Lord. He was sitting on a lofty throne, and the train of his robe filled the Temple.Attending him were mighty seraphim, each having six wings. With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew. They were calling out to each other, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!The whole earth is filled with his glory!” Their voices shook the Temple to its foundations, and the entire building was filled with smoke.” Isaiah 6

When God talks of angels, He refers to them as servants. As we saw in Heb 1:7, these servants worship Jesus. This is a spectacular description of what happens everyday and every night in heaven (Rev 4). The angels never stop saying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies”. The seraphim are powerful and they are close to the Lord God Almighty. Could this be the reason why they use 2 of their wings to cover their feet – to hide the lower part of their body? With 2 other wings they covered their face. Why? Because they are not worthy to see the glory and holiness of the God Almighty?
The 2 other wings to hover around and “guard God’s Holy domain and presence from any sin and corruption” as per Jewish view.

Jesus is not like these powerful angels. He is the One whom these angels fear and serve.

Could these 3 Holy’s refer to the “members” of the Tri-unity? Holy is God the Father, Holy is God the Son and Holy is God the Spirit.

If we continue reading this verse, we see “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” .

Why “US”?
It is analogous to Genesis 1:26, when God created man “God said, Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness

If God told the angels to worship Jesus then it means that Jesus is also God. This cannot be a decision taken by God 2000 years ago after Jesus’ death. This is something which has always been and will always be. If angels in heaven adore Him, should not we bow before Jesus? If this Jesus is really God then all what is written about Him should be true.

The author is venturing on a topic very important.

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Posted October 23, 2011 by Cedric in Theology

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