Angels, Humans, and Jesus

Today look at the comparison of Jesus to angels.  Angels, as created celestial beings, have a relationship to Jesus and to humans, yet they are distinct, just as Jesus is distinct.  And we find out today that angels are ministering spirits to assist us in inheriting salvation…

4 So [the Son] became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. 5 For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son;
today I have become your Father”?

Or again,

“I will be his Father, and he will be my Son”?

6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,

“Let all God’s angels worship him.”

7 In speaking of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.”

8 But about the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”
10 He also says,

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 11 They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. 12 You will roll them up like a robe; like a garment they will be changed. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.”

13 To which of the angels did God ever say,

“Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
Hebrews 1:4-14

We are learning about Jesus with a lens that is wider than his time on earth.  We have already seen in the first three verses of Hebrews 1 that, after speaking over the generations through prophets, God spoke to his people through Jesus.  Comparing to prophets, Jesus brings us the words of God. Contrasting to prophets, Jesus is the Word of God (John 1:1, 14).

Today we go further in comparing Jesus to angels.  Lest we believe that Jesus is a celestial being like angels, who are created by God, Jesus is firstborn not in the sense of being created, but rather in the sense of pre-eminence.  Jesus was sent into the world to be worshiped by angels.  Angels are not worshiped.  They are not to be worshiped (Revelation 19:10, 22:9).

Jesus’ relationship with God the Father is a Father-Son relationship.  Jesus is the exact representation of the Father, and so they are one, yet they have distinct persons.  Angels don’t have this status in relation to God. The angels, rather, worship Jesus.  Why?

Because Jesus is our creator, who laid the foundations of the earth and heavens.  Although earth and all of creation will pass away, Jesus will not. Jesus is the forever King and Lord of all.

Jesus’ throne will last forever.  He is set above all his earthly companions and celestial companions.  The angels worship him, the demons oppose him (including their chief, Satan), and humans fall somewhere in that spectrum, depending on their individual belief and choice.  And as we see in verse 14, God’s desire is for humans to inherit salvation, with angels sent as ministering spirits to serve us.

Where do you stand?  Do you have a correct view of angels, Jesus, and yourself?  And as we see the truth of Jesus’ identity unfolded for us through the letter to the Hebrews, will you join the angels in worshiping Jesus, one with the Father, exalted as firstborn Son, the creator of heaven and earth?


Marc Kinna


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