What Does Hebrews 1:14 Mean?

Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?

Hebrews 1:14(NASB)

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The Son of God is so much greater than the angelic host of heaven and every other class of angel, principality, and power, causing the Lord God Almighty to write of Christ Jesus: "Your throne O God is forever and forever, and let all the angels of God worship Him."

Nowhere in the Bible are any of the angels given the privilege of sitting on the throne of God, for God Himself decreed: "I will not give My glory to another." And yet today, our Kinsman-Redeemer is seated on the right hand of the Majesty on high, and God has promised to make the enemies of Christ His footstool.

However, today there is an increasingly unhealthy obsession with angels, not only in the secular world and the New Age religion but also in many Christian denominations and religions sects, which elevate the status of angels out of biblical proportion. But Scripture makes it very clear that God's mighty, powerful angels are "ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation."

Christians who have been saved by grace through faith are those who "inherit salvation." We were justified in the sight of God when we first believed. We were set apart unto God, we are being sanctified during our earthly life, and one day our salvation will be completed when we are glorified. And angels are directed by God to minister to those who have humbly and reverently trusted in Christ as Saviour.

Our salvation is a gift of God. We did nothing to merit the glorious inheritance that is promised to all who trust in the name of the only begotten Son of the Father, and it is God alone and not us who instructs the heavenly host to minister to those that are to inherit salvation. We are heirs of God, joint-heirs with Christ, and will one day we will rule and reign in His glorious Millennial Kingdom.

Angels are not called to rule but to serve, and David tells us in Psalm 103 that angels "excel in strength, and do God's commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His Word." And the writer to the Hebrews reminds us that these mighty angels of God worship Him day and night and are "all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation."

The main theme of this first chapter of Hebrews is the elevated status of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ Who alone is worthy of all honour and worship, for He is greater than Moses, greater than David, greater than Solomon, and greater than all the vast host of God's angelic hosts: "And His throne is forever and forever and His sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of His kingdom."

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, what a privilege to be adopted into Your family as a child of God and to be made a joint-heir with Christ by Your grace, simply through believing in Jesus as my God and Saviour. Thank You for the angelic host and the wonderful role that they play in Your eternal plans and purposes. Thank You that You send forth angels as ministering spirits to all who will inherit salvation. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

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