December 12, 2005
Read Hebrews 1
Why Christ assumed a human body; Christ's superiority to angels and Moses; salvation; Christ, our High Priest
It was angels who delivered Lot out of
The importance of angels does not compare to the superiority of Christ, for unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art My Son? (Hebrews 1:5). Yet, despite His eternal superiority as Creator of angels, because of His great love for us, Jesus willingly was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death . . . that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became (was fitting for) Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. . . . For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed (offspring) of Abraham. Wherefore in all things it behoved (was best for) Him to be made like unto His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest . . . to make reconciliation for the sins of the people (2:9-10,16-17).
Christ is a merciful and faithful High Priest to Jew and Gentile alike who receive Him as Savior. Unbelievers are warned not to be like the unbelieving Israelite that could not enter in (the promised land) because of unbelief. Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it (Hebrews 3:19, 4:1).
For Hebrews 1:3: See Psalm 110:1; Hebrews 1:5: See Psalm 2:7; II Samuel 7:14. Hebrews 1:6: See Psalm 97:7. Hebrews 1:7: See Psalm 104:4. Hebrews 1:8-9: See Psalm 45:6-7. Hebrews 1:10-12: See Psalm 102:25-27. Hebrews 1:13: See Psalm 110:1. Hebrews 2:6-8: See Psalm 8:4-6. Hebrews 2:12: See Psalm 22:22. Hebrews 2:13: See Isaiah 8:18. Hebrews 3:7-11: See Psalm 95:7-11. Hebrews 4:3: See Psalm 95:11. Hebrews 4:4: See Genesis 2:2.
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Memory Verse for the Week: 1 Peter 1:23