1In the past, God spoke to our people through the prophets. He spoke at many times. He spoke in different ways.2But in these last days, he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one whom God appointed to receive all things. God also made everything through him.3The Son is the shining brightness of God’s glory. He is the exact likeness of God’s being. He uses his powerful word to hold all things together. He provided the way for people to be made pure from sin. Then he sat down at the right hand of the King, the Majesty in heaven.4So he became higher than the angels. The name he received is more excellent than theirs.
The Son is greater than the angels
5God never said to any of the angels, ‘You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.’ Or, ‘I will be his Father. And he will be my Son.’ (2Sa 7:14; 1Ch 17:13; Ps 2:7)6God’s first and only Son is over all things. When God brings him into the world, he says, ‘Let all God’s angels worship him.’ (De 32:43)7Here is something else God says about the angels. ‘God makes his angels to be like spirits. He makes those who serve him to be like flashes of lightning.’ (Ps 104:4)8But here is what he says about the Son. ‘You are God. Your throne will last for ever and ever. Your kingdom will be ruled by justice.9You have loved what is right and hated what is evil. So your God has placed you above your companions. He has filled you with joy by pouring the sacred oil on your head.’ (Ps 45:6; Ps 45:7)10He also says, ‘Lord, in the beginning you made the earth secure. You placed it on its foundations. The heavens are the work of your hands.11They will pass away. But you remain. They will all wear out like a piece of clothing.12You will roll them up like a robe. They will be changed as a person changes clothes. But you remain the same. Your years will never end.’ (Ps 102:25)13God never said to an angel, ‘Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your control.’ (Ps 110:1)14All angels are spirits who serve. God sends them to serve those who will receive salvation.
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The Supremacy of God’s Son
1Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, (Nu 12:6; Nu 12:8; Joe 2:28)2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. (Ps 2:8; Mt 14:33; Mt 21:38; Mt 28:18; Joh 1:3; Ac 2:17; Heb 2:3; Heb 3:3; Heb 9:26; Heb 11:3; 1Pe 1:20)3He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, (Mr 16:19; Lu 22:69; 2Co 4:4; Heb 9:14)4having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (Eph 1:21; Php 2:9)5For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”? (2Sa 7:14; Ps 2:7; Ps 89:26; Ac 13:33; Heb 5:5)6And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.” (De 32:43; Ps 97:7; Ro 8:29)7Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.” (Ps 104:4)8But of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom. (Ps 45:6)9You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.” (Isa 61:1; Isa 61:3)10And, “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the work of your hands; (Ps 102:25)11they will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment,12like a robe you will roll them up, like a garment they will be changed. But you are the same, and your years will have no end.” (Heb 13:8)13And to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? (Ps 110:1; Heb 10:13)14Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? (Ge 19:16; Ge 28:12; Ge 32:1; Jud 6:11; Jud 13:3; Ps 34:7; Ps 91:11; Ps 103:20; Da 3:28; Da 6:22; Da 10:11; Mt 18:10; Mt 25:34)