What Does Hebrews 1:4 Mean?

So He became higher in rank than the angels, just as the name He inherited is superior to theirs.

Hebrews 1:4(HCSB)

Verse Thoughts

The opening verses of Hebrews lay the foundation for the glorious truth of Who the Lord Jesus Christ is and how great is His status and His position. He has a name that is more excellent that any created being for He is the eternal God incarnate –He is the infinite God in the flesh – He is the Creator of the universe, born into the human race – fully God but also fully man - yet without sin.

His status and position is above every things that is created – whether in heaven or on earth or under the earth – for He is the one through Whom all things are created – including humankind and the angelic hosts of high - and His rank and so much more superior to angels ranks – in position and honour and rank and glory and power – for He alone is the uncreated God of all.

It was angels that delivered the Law of God to Moses - for angels are God's holy messengers and all the heavenly hosts of angels were created collectively as sons of God – created by God to be God's ministers – created to do God's bidding.  But in these last days God sent the third Person of the Godhead to be His only Begotten Son to deliver God's full and final messages of Salvation to all Who will trust in the name of the only begotten Son of God - as Son of Man. And so, for a little while the One Who created these heavenly beings, humbled Himself and took upon Himself the form of a man and visited the world that He Himself created – clothing Himself in human flesh – yet without sin. For man had lost his elevated position as governor of the earth - to a rebel angelic host, when man sinned in the Edenic garden.

And being found in appearance as a man, Jesus humbled himself by becoming obedient to death - even death on a cross. Yes, the eternal Son of God, Creator of heaven and earth humbled Himself and was born as Son Man – even making Himself, for a short time, a little lower that the rebel angelic forces, under the leadership of their rebellious leader - Satan who had become ruler over the fallen world into which He came. But through His obedience to suffer and die for the sins of the world, God has highly exulted Him and given Him a name that is above every name – that at that name of Jesus every kneed should bow… and so the Son of God as Son of Man became higher in rank than the angels He created, just as the name He inherited is superior to theirs for He was given the name Jesus. The Lord is my Salvation - for He shall save His people from their sins.

My Prayer

Thank You Father that You cared enough for us to free us from the power of sin and death and Satan by sending Your only begotten Son – through Whom all things were created – and by Whom we have been redeemed. Praise Your holy name, AMEN.

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