Christ Is Better than Angels!
Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. (Hebrews 1:4)
The Hebrews writer wanted these Jewish believers to know that angels are not to be worshipped. Jesus Christ is to be worshipped because He is superior to angels.
A. “Being made so much better than the angels” refers to the fact that Jesus Christ for a while was made “a little lower than the angels” in rank or status (Hebrews 2:9). That occurred when Jesus took upon Himself the form of human flesh. “Better” means “superior.” Jesus became superior to the angels when “by inheritance” he “obtained a more excellent name.” “Inheritance” is something someone gives you. God gave Jesus “a more excellent name” than the angels.
B. Angels have names. They have names like Lucifer, the “shining one.” They have names like Michael and Gabriel and others. What the author is saying in this verse is that Jesus’ name is far superior to their names. Not just the word, Jesus, but the character of the person who bore that name. By inheritance from God, Christ obtained a more excellent name than anyone else. Worship God’s Son for His name!
Originally posted 2014-12-15 20:42:09.