Hebrews Oct 13, 2019 10:13:28 GMT -5
Post by fearnot on Oct 13, 2019 10:13:28 GMT -5
the book of Hebrews has a lot of Old Testament quotes in it,
but its main goal of this book, is to prove the superiority and perfection of Jesus ,
in every way:
As the perfect once for all sacrifice for sin
as the perfect high priest
as better than any angel
and therefore believers have superior privileges.
The author is unknown, but almost certainly was not Paul but whatever man wrote it, it was Holy Spirit inspired.
Nor is it clear exactly what group it was for, tho because of so many Old Testament references, it would seem like a large portion were in fact Hebrews, tho it could have had Gentiles and believers and unbelievers all mixed together.
It starts right off with God....and that He spoke ( in the past) to men, by the prophets who then spoke to men what God said.
However, now He speaks by God the Son ( who is also 100 % God as well as 100% man)
It is not that the Old Testament was or is wrong, but incomplete, much of it was in symbols , signs, types, etc. pointing to the completion in Jesus.
When we read "in these last days" at first we might wonder about and say: Last days???
That was over 2000 years ago!!
But as for me, I always remember the verse in 2 Peter 3:8
"But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day".
Also the 'last days' are between Christ's first coming and His second coming.
Jesus is not only heir of all things, all things were created by Jesus.
It occurred to me that if I even am assaulted again about am I really saved, or about death etc.....
that Jesus my Savior,
and is the one by which the universe ( time, space, matter etc.) came into being,
complete that which He has begun in me and see me thru to Heaven.
Having completed His Work of salvation Jesus now is in Heaven seating at the right hand of God the Father.
Then we come to how superior Jesus is to angels ( that He created)
"having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs".
There have been and still are religions, cults etc. that worship angels and claim Jesus was an angel....
So the next verses deal with that:
Angels are messengers, servants, created beings
God the Father never said to an angel ( as He did to the Son)
"“You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”?
It is true that for a 'little while' ( while on earth as 100% man ...and still 100% God
Jesus was a little lower than the angels,
so that He might die for the sins of those who would believe.
But this is no way meant He was an angel.
Another confusion is the term used for Jesus as the Angel of the Lord for preincarnate appearances of the Lord Jesus Christ know as Christophanies.
Tho not everyone agrees about that.
I know we are not to quote anymore but this one time I will quote John MacArthur who
'seems' to agree about the Angel of the Lord being preincarnate appearances of Jesus
when he says:
"John MacArthur comments on the Angel of the LORD noting that
"This special individual spoke as though He were distinct from Yahweh,
yet also spoke in the first person as though He were indeed to be identified as Yahweh Himself,
with Hagar recognizing that in seeing this Angel, she had seen God (v. 13). Others had the same experience and came to the same conclusion".