April 15th 2019 – Hebrews 1:7-9

"7 Of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels winds,
    and his ministers a flame of fire.”

But of the Son he says,

“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
    the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
therefore God, your God, has anointed you
    with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

Hebrews 1:7-9

The next contrast is that whereas angels are subjects, Christ is the King Who rules them. Their sphere is one of service, and service is their function, whereas Christ is in the place of dominion. The application of the words of Psalm 45 to Christ in 8 is very striking, and we may think daring, but it is the simple truth and this is one of the central affirmations of the apostolic faith, that Jesus is God. Doubting Thomas first confessed this, when having met with the risen Lord he fell at His feet and said, 'My Lord and my God', and we have it underlined in a variety of ways throughout the New Testament by the apostles, as for example in the investing of His title 'Lord' with all the rich meaning of the covenant name of the Old Testament Jehovah (see also 1 Peter 3:15, where Peter says 'Sanctify the Lord - i.e. Jesus - as God in your hearts'). This was the staggering claim that this Christian message made, and it is as well that we should see that He Who confronts us in the gospel is neither historical leader nor religious genius nor supernatural being of angelic status but - God Himself. God hath spoken - in His Son. This is the force of the argument. How could angelic ministry compare with this?