Slightly Obsessed #194 Heaven Is Calling: More than an Angel by Pamela Thorson on 2017-08-31 07:57:30
“For to which of the angels did God ever say: ‘You are my Son; today I have become Your Father’? Or again: ‘I will be His Father, and He will be My Son’? -Hebrews 1:5 (Berean Study Bible)
God couldn’t have said it much plainer than in Hebrews 1:5.
The question is rhetorical, with God assuming the reader will understand that the answer is, “There is no angel whom the Lord has called His Son.” This passage is one meant to address the dilemma posed to the first century Christians, but it is one whom every person must answer in his own heart:
Who is the Messiah?
Jesus had certainly not come as they had expected. He arrived when the Jewish people were primed to throw off the foreign presence of Rome and govern themselves. There was an expectancy in the air that the time was right for the promised Anointed One, who would establish His kingdom forever and bring deliverance to His people.
And that is exactly what Jesus Christ did. But Israel looked for an earthly ruler who would force his will upon their oppressors from without. Instead, the Christ came to destroy the oppressor from within. Only Jesus understood that the enemy was one much more insidious and deadly than Roman soldiers. God’s weapons of warfare were unconventional and infinitely more powerful, because the battle He came to fight was one of cosmic importance.
It would be a bloody battle for the planet, but only one person would die. Then He would rise again, with the keys to death and life in His hand.
This was no mere man. Nor angel.
In the first chapter of John, we learn that Jesus existed in eternity as the Word, co-equal with God. He is as far above the angels as an artist is above his creation. Angels are beings who serve God and His people. They do not have the divine nature of God, nor His power. Religious groups have seriously erred when they have attempted to either relegate Jesus to angel status or elevate angels. This is a dangerous doctrine, because it denies the very essence of Christ.
“So He became as far superior to the angels as the name He has inherited is excellent beyond theirs.” -Hebrews 1:4 (Berean Study Bible)
As the Son of God, the Word, the second person of the Trinity, poured out Himself into a human vessel. He came to win back what we lost at the garden. In His humanity, Jesus Christ inherited the name of the Almighty and a kingdom.
Satan, who was once the highest of angels, envies the majesty of God and plots to take His throne. But he will never have it, because he, too, is a creation of God and powerless against Him.
Some days, it may feel like the devil has the upper hand against you. Be sure that the battle is very real. But God didn’t trust the gospel to a mere creation.
He sent Jesus.
About Pamela Thorson:
Pamela Thorson is a licensed practical nurse, author, and full-time caregiver. She pioneered in the homeschooling movement from 1982-2006 and authored her first book, Song in the Night, in 2008. Her second book, Out from the Shadows: 31 Devotions for the Weary Caregiver, released in 2014. She resides in the Northwest with her family.
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