JESUS IS GREATER (BETTER) THAN ANGELS
August 10, 1997
INTRODUCTION: The Hebrew Christians were being
challenged to revert back to Judaism, and the Holy Spirit
inspired the writer to address the situation. They were drifting,
according to Heb. 2:1-4 from the faith and spiritual progress
was being halted (Heb. 5:11-6:) Like many of us, they were
listening but not really hearing God’s Word.
The book of Hebrews is pressing the truth that the New
Covenant is better than the Old, that Jesus Christ is the better
Priest, and the better Mediator, and that He is the final Priest
and the final sacrifice at the same time.
In the first three verses, Jesus is shown as superior to
everything and everyone. After unfolding all of the human
“everyones” Christ is superior to, the Holy Spirit teaches us
that Jesus Christ is also superior to angels. The Bible speaks
often of angels. There are 108 direct references to angels in the
Old Testament and 165 in the New Testament. The primary
purpose of their creation was to render special worship and
service to God.
To the Jewish mind, angels were extremely exalted,
immeasurably important. If the writer of Hebrews, therefore,
was to persuade his fellow Jews that Christ is the Mediator of a
better covenant than that given through Moses, he would have
to show, among other things, that Christ is better than the
hearers and mediators of the Old Covenant, namely, the angels.
According to the Bible, the angels were the ones to bring the
law of God, the mediators of the Law.
Deut. 33:2, “And he said, The Lord came from Sinai, and
rose up from Seir unto them; he shined forth from Mount
Paran, and he came with ten thousands of saints. From his
right hand went a fiery law for them.”
Ps. 68:17, “The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even
thousands of angels; the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in
the holy place.”
Acts 7:51-53, “Ye stiff- ...
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