In the latter part of Hebrews 1, the writer of Hebrews continues to speak of the supremacy of Jesus Christ. He says:
For to which of the angels did God ever say,
“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”?
“I will be to him a father,
and he shall be to me a son”?
And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.”
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.”
“You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
and the heavens are the work of your hands;
they will perish, but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment,
like a robe you will roll them up,
like a garment they will be changed.
But you are the same,
and your years will have no end.”
And to which of the angels has he ever said,
“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?
Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:5-14)
The author of this book quotes from several Old Testament passages to prove his point that Jesus Christ is the “heir of all things” and “superior to angels” (Heb 1:2; 4). God never spoke about the angels as he did Jesus his Son. In fact, the angels are called upon to worship God’s Son because he is greater than all of them.
Jesus “laid the foundation of the earth” (Heb 1:10). “The heavens are the work of [his] hands.” Despite the fact that both will eventually come to an end, Christ will remain. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb 13:8).
It is not the angels who sit victoriously over God’s kingdom; it is Christ. He alone is the conquering King, the only-begotten Son of the Father.
As for the angels, they do serve a vital purpose in God’s plan. Namely, they “serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation” (Heb 1:14). That’s not to say we each have a guardian angel watching over us. But we do have God watching over us, and he uses his angels to benefit us. Whether he sends one to serve us or a thousand, they are our “ministering spirits.”
More to the point, we don’t worship the angels. We don’t worship any part of God’s creation. We worship the one who “is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Heb 1:3). We worship Jesus Christ, who is our Savior and Lord.
At this time, we specifically remember his broken body and shed blood on the cross as we eat this bread and drink this wine.
Preached at Joy Christian Church (Benson, NC) on June 4, 2017, during the Lord’s Supper.