No one knows for sure who the author of Hebrews is. It is thought that most probably Paul wrote Hebrews although Paul usually identified himself as the writer of his letters. Some believe it may have been Timothy who was trained by Paul.
Jesus Christ Is God’s Son
1Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. 2And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.
These first two verses establish the theme of this whole letter. Everything about who the person of Jesus is, is summed up here. Usually we receive information in bits and pieces but here, God reveals himself fully.
3The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.
Here we are told very clearly that Jesus represents the very character and glory of who God is. This infers that Jesus is an exact representation of God himself, as a matter of fact in the NIV it states that. God's revelation of who he is, is no longer partial or incomplete like it was at times in the OT. We see the Father by looking at Jesus.
4This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names.
Angels played a very important role in the Old Testament. They were God's messengers. God used angels to speak with various prophets and great men and women of the Bible to speak about his promises and what he would and wouldn't do for the people of Israel. But in verse 4, we are seeing clearly that Jesus is far superior to an angel. The writer does not want us to mistake the miracle of Jesus and the power of the Son with anything less that who he is, God himself.
The Son Is Greater Than the Angels
5For God never said to any angel what he said to Jesus:
“You are my Son.
Today I have become your Father.”
God also said,
“I will be his Father,
and he will be my Son.”
6And when he brought his supreme Son into the world, God said,
“Let all of God’s angels worship him.”
7Regarding the angels, he says,
“He sends his angels like the winds,
his servants like flames of fire.”
8But to the Son he says,
“Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever.
You rule with a scepter of justice.
Verses 5-8 are there to reinforce that Christ is fully God, there can be no mistaking of God's intention of who he is through Jesus Christ.
9You love justice and hate evil.
Therefore, O God, your God has anointed you,
pouring out the oil of joy on you more than on anyone else.”
It is not enough for us to love justice, but this is interesting, we must hate evil. They go together. This is very important in today's world. But we must also pour our our joy. Interesting considering what is going on currently. This also means we need to recognize evil so that we don't hate what is not evil.
10He also says to the Son,
“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth
and made the heavens with your hands.
Verse 10 is a clear indication that Jesus was here from the beginning, that like the Father and the Holy Spirit, he participated in creation of all mankind and all things.
11They will perish, but you remain forever.
They will wear out like old clothing.
12You will fold them up like a cloak
and discard them like old clothing.
But you are always the same;
you will live forever.”
13And God never said to any of the angels,
“Sit in the place of honor at my right hand
until I humble your enemies,
making them a footstool under your feet.”
Once again, it is being repeated the difference between who Jesus Christ is and what angels are. We are told by the very characteristic of who Christ is that he is above all others. Only Jesus will sit at the right hand of the father, only Jesus can defeat our enemies and make them our footstool.
14Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.
I love verse 14. Angels are only servants,, they are here to care for us. We are who will inherit salvation. Just as we are to serve one another, angles serve us. Jesus was the perfect example and because he was perfect, no one can be above him. He is the Son, he is the Father.