Hebrews 1:6-7

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Hebrews 1:6
  • Hebrews 1:7

This first chapter of Hebrews begins by focusing on the surpassing greatness of Jesus, His inheritance reward as the Son, and the amazing opportunity we have to share in His inheritance reward. This chapter begins to explain that Jesus is greater than the law, the prophets, and angels. Jesus is greater than the law and the prophets because He came to fulfill the law and the prophecies. Jesus is also greater than the angels because they serve God and do as He commands, but Jesus sits at the right hand of God and His kingdom is forever.

The Son is greater than the angels because the angels have been commanded to worship Him and they serve Him.

These verses contrast the greatness of the Son with the service of the angels. Throughout the Bible angels worship Christ. When Christ came into the world all of the angels worshiped Him and when Jesus returns the angels will worship Him (Psalm 97:7). The angels know exactly who Jesus was, and they worship Him. The point is that Christ is greater than the angels, shown by the reverence they pay to Him.

Verse 7 quotes Psalm 104:4, which points out that God sends the angels to do as He wishes, they are servants of God. God sends them out in whichever way He desires as winds and as flames of fire. This could mean, among other things, that angels can be sent with characteristics similar to wind and fire: power, force, and speed. The point is the contrast between the Son and the angels. The angels are servants of God and in contrast, Christ is the firstborn, the inheritor who is and will be on the throne forever and ever.

Biblical Text

6 And when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says,
“And let all the angels of God worship Him.”
7 And of the angels He says,
“Who makes His angels winds,
And His ministers a flame of fire.”

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