Christ Is Better Always part 9!
Bible Verse: Hebrews 1:9
Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Hebrews 1:9
Still speaking to Christ, God says, “Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity.” God is saying that His Son, Jesus Christ, loves “righteousness and hates iniquity.(sin)” Christ delights in integrity, virtue and uprightness. He “hates iniquity(sin)” means Christ despises lawlessness. Here again, Christ is superior to the angels. Some of God‟s created angels chose to love righteousness and hate iniquity(sin). Lucifer, one of the originally created angels, chose to hate righteousness and love iniquity(sin). He led an angelic rebellion against God and was cast out of heaven. Because Christ “loved righteousness and hated iniquity(sin),” God “anointed” him “with the oil of gladness.” God’s anointing signifies recognition and approval by God for the ministry one was called to perform. Moses anointed Aaron; Samuel anointed David; Elijah anointed Elisha. God’s Son, Jesus Christ has been “anointed” by God. There is no greater anointing than that.
God told His Son that his “anointing” was “above thy fellows.” The word “fellows” refers to Christ‟s partners or companions. In this context, it most likely refers to the men who were “anointed” for specific offices in the Old Testament such as prophets, priests, and kings. Think about how glad and happy David was as King of Israel. He was one of God’s anointed men and wrote such jubilant and happy psalms. Yet, God’s Son has been “anointed with gladness” above men like David. Worship God’s Son for His anointing and gladness!
Speaking of God’s Son, Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul said, “And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Colossians 1:17-18). There is no One holier, higher and worthy to be worshipped except God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is superior to prophets, angels, and all men. Jesus Christ is God in the flesh. Worship God’s Son!