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Jesus, is Superior in Everyway – pt. 2 (Hebrews 1:7-7:14)

Pastor Anthony Bacino, September 30, 2018
Part of the Preaching series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Introduction
Joan Wester Anderson is one of the most prolific American authors on the subject of human experiences with angels – a vocation that was inspired by her son’s own personal encounter. Down through the centuries there have been stories of people who believed they encounter an angel. Joan tells the contemporary story of Chris Deal. His wife Melissa never forget the day her husband Chris died. It was exactly one year after he had been diagnosed with acute lymphocyte leukemia.
The last months had been grue¬some, treatments that could not save him, nights when she could not sleep. But she was sleeping soundly at his hospital bed¬ side on the morning of Jan. 4th when Chris managed, somehow, without being seen or heard, to maneuver himself and his porta¬ble IV pole around her, out of the room and past the nurse’s station with its 360° view of the ward. All Melissa remembers is being shaken awake at 3 a.m. by a frantic nurse who was saying something about not being able to find her husband Chris.
They began searching for him. Melissa ap¬proached the elevator and happened to glance toward the chapel, where she saw her husband Chris sitting with a man she had never seen before. Chris, are you okay? “Where have you been?” He just smiled. “I’m fine;” he told her, “She noticed a man sitting on the pew with his eyes facing the floor as though not wanting to be noticed. What was very interesting to her is that he appeared to look like her husband and she noticed his clothing. He was dress just like Chris would dress, jeans flannel shirt and work boots that appeared as if they all had just been taken off the store shelf.
“There was no real age to him:’ Melissa says. “No wrin¬kles, just this perfectly smooth and pale white skin with ice blue eyes. She said,” I’ve never seen that color blue on any hu¬man body before. They were more blue like some of those Husky dogs have. I’ll never forget those eyes:’ Chris seemed to want to be left alone, and so she reluctantly agreed to leave. When he came back to his room, she says, “He was lit up, just vibrant smiling. Who was that guy?” she asked. “You’re not going to believe me.” “Yes, I will:’ “He was an angel my guardian angel.”
Melissa did believe him. “All I had to do was to look at him to know something extraordinary, something supernatural had happened. She searched the hospital to find the man. There was no one around, and the security guards hadn’t seen anyone come or go.
Chris prayers had been answered. I worried for a while that he thought the angel had cured his cancer. I realize now it wasn’t the cure, it was the blessing he brought with him. It was the peace of mind:’ Chris died two days later. “Chris’ life could not be saved, but the fear and pain were taken from him, she says. “I know what I saw and I we have angels watching over us”.
Now that was the story of one angel and these are ministering spirits sent by God but what is even more fantastic is the creator of this special supernatural being…

I His Superior Position (1:7-9)

1. The point is angels sometimes do God’s bidding in spectacular ways. God makes His angels spirits and aflame of fire” (1:7; Psa. 104:4). For ex¬ample, in Judges 13 we read about Manoah (muh-no’-uh) and his wife who could not have children. However, an angel appears to them and tells them they will have a son, whom they later name Samson. When Manoah realizes he is going to have a son, he offers a sacrifice to the Lord (13:19). Look what happens in the book Judges 13:20.

2. As magnificent as that is, angels are only servants, while Jesus is King. Therefore, the writer of Hebrews quotes Psalm 45:6-7, writing that Jesus’ throne is for ever and ever, and He rules with a scepter of righteousness (1:8). Though angels may take on wondrous forms and perform super¬natural feats, they are still only servants. However, Jesus is eternally en¬throned with righteousness as His scepter. A scepter is a highly ornamental rod or staff a king holds to symbolize his sovereignty and power.

3. Also, Jesus loves righteousness and hates iniquity. Therefore, God has anointed Him with the oil of gladness more than anyone else (1:9). This anointing refers to the anointing of a king. Revelation 19:16 reveals inscribed on Jesus’ robe in heaven is KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.? Jesus is superior to angels because of His superior name, superior posi¬tion, and …

II His Superior Power (1:10-12)

1. Quoting Psalm 102:25-27, the writer of Hebrews tells us Jesus in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens with His hands Jesus already existed in the beginning-in eternity past-because He is God, the second person of the Trinity. Verse 10 also reminds us of the facts we observed last week in John 1:3.

2. The writer still quoting Psalm 102:25-27, states the earth and everything in it will perish in verse 11 because they will wear out like old clothing. However, the Son will remain, and His years will never fail. Just as we would roll up and throw away a worn-out garment, Jesus will one day discard the heav¬ens and the earth (1:11-12). 2 Peter 3:10 tell us about this time, when Jesus unexpectedly will come as a thief.

3. Some believe this means that at the end of time the earth will be drawn into the sun. Creation will change, but the Creator will not because Jesus is eternally the same (1:12). This is called the “immutability” (im-mute’¬ability) of Christ, which means He is incapable of mutation and is un¬changeable. How Hebrews 13:8 declare this fact. A quadrillion years from now Jesus will still be sitting on His throne presiding over all creation, because He is immutable! Last Jesus has…

III His Superior Place (1:13-14)

1. Christ rules, while angels serve. God has never told an angel, as He did Jesus, to sit at His right hand until He makes His enemies their footstool (1: 13). This is the second time in this chapter Jesus is referred to as sitting at the right hand of God (1:3d). He is sitting at God’s right hand right now. According to Romans 8:34…who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Jesus makes it possible for you and me to approach God’s throne. We can pray at any time about anything in Jesus’ name (Jn 14:13-14). Even the greatest angels are just ministering spirits whom God sends to serve us who will be heirs of salvation (1:14).

2. Angels also protect and deliver us from danger. Angels rescued Lot from Sodom (Gen. 19:1-26). Angels protected Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed¬nego in the fiery furnace (Dan. 3:28). They also shut the mouths of lions when Daniel was in the lion’s den (Dan. 6:22). Because God is unchange¬able, we can be sure, if He sent angels to protect His people in the past, He continues to do so today. The Lord assigns His angels to minister to you and me. Psalm 91:11 express a wonderful fact… For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Conclusion:

Jesus is superior to angels because of His superior name, superior posi¬tion, superior power, and superior place. Hebrews emphasized that only Christ was ever called the Son-at least, that is, “in terms like these, which single out the person addressed and give him a status apart”. Only Christ could rightfully embody the promises made to David, for only He is God’s Son.

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Hebrews 1:7-7:14

7And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. 9Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. 10And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: 11They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. 13But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? 5For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. 6But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? 7Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 8Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 9But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. 10For it became 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. 11For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. 13And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. 14Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. 18For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; 2Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house. 3For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour than the house. 4For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is God. 5And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after; 6But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end. 7Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, 8Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. 10Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) 12Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. 13But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; 15While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation. 16For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all that came out of Egypt by Moses. 17But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? 18And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? 19So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. 4:1 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. 2For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it. 3For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. 5And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest. 6Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: 7Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. 8For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. 9There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. 10For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. 11Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. 12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. 14Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. 15For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: 2Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity. 3And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. 4And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. 5So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. 6As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 7Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; 8Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; 10Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. 11Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. 12For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. 13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3And this will we do, if God permit. 4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame. 7For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 8But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned. 9But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. 10For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 13For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, 14Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 15And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. 17Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 2To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 3Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. 4Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. 5And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: 6But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. 7And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better. 8And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth. 9And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 10For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him. 11If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? 12For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 14For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. (KJV)

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