Thursday, February 13, 2014

Marsha's Musings: Angels Are Not Worthy of Worship (Hebrews 1:5-14 NKJV)

For to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son”? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.” But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” And: “You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.” But to which of the angels has He ever said: “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”? Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:5-14 NKJV)

The whole point of this passage is to prove that Jesus is far superior to the angels.

I've known many people who have practically worshipped angels.  In fact there seems to be a fascination for angels in our society.  Just go to any Hallmark store and you will see many items centered around angels, not just at Christmas but all year round.  

This passage clearly shows that the angels are to worship Jesus Christ.  If the angels are to worship Him, then we should not be obsessed with them, but our attention should be on Christ instead.

In Scripture, when someone has fallen down to worship an angel, they have been told to get up and not do that.

What can I find in the passage about Christ?

1.  He is God's only begotten Son
2.  Angels told to worship Him
3.  He is God & His throne is forever and ever
4. Loves righteousness, hates wickedness
5.  Creator
6.  He will remain after creation is gone
7.  He will fold up creation like a coat and change it.
8.  He will not change.
9. He will live forever
10. He will sit at God's right hand until He makes His enemies His footstool
11. Throughout this passage it is evident that Jesus and the Father are one God. 

It's mind boggling because it looks as if God is talking to Himself here.  But it is God the Father talking to God the Son.  This negates the idea that God is a shape shifter, acting in one capacity at one time and another capacity another time. God the Father is God and He is the Father all the time and God the Son is Jesus Christ and He is the Son all the time.  Kind of mindblowing. 

 It doesn't do God justice, but it helps me to think of it this way. We have the human species and we have fathers and sons within that species, but while they are all considered humans, they are also different.  The Father and the Son and Holy Spirit are all God, yet they are different.  I know this illustration is full of holes, but it helps me a little bit anyway.

The main point of this passage is that Jesus Christ is worthy of our worship and that angels are not.  I need to be careful of where my attention is.

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