Hebrews 1:13-14 NASB
13 But to which of the angels has He ever said,
“Sit at My right hand, Until I make Your enemies A footstool for Your feet”?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to provide service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?
The purpose of the epistle of Hebrews is to show the supremacy of Christ. In this first chapter the writer under the inspiration has begun with the comparison of Jesus against the angels. Here he asks the question “but to which of the angels has He ever said”. The He in this statement is God the Father. The quotation is from Psalm 110:1. It is a quotation that speaks of Jesus being Almighty God.
Here it says “sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”. The position of sitting at one’s right hand is a position of authority. Jesus said this in Matthew 28:18 18 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.Jesus says all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. This authority given by God the Father was given after The Son had completed the will of The Father. The greatest way for God Almighty to glorify His name was what took place at Calvary. He willingly gave us His love for us. But what this shows us is The Son has supreme authority and to place the angels on the same level as The Son of God is truly foolishness. It also shows how foolish it is that the Jehovah Witnesses believe that Jesus before He fully became human was the arch angel Michael.
In Acts 7:55-56 it states 55 But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, looked intently into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God; 56 and he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”. Once again, we see The Son is at the right hand of The Father. Here it is Stephen who while being stoned to death, sees Jesus at the right hand of The Father through the revelation of The Holy Spirit. Again, it shows us that The Son has supreme authority.
The purpose of angels are to be ministering spirits for those who will inherit salvation. We who are in Christ have been chosen by Almighty God and been predestined. We are saved by the grace of God and the only way we can come to Christ is if The Father allows us. But for those who come to Christ the mighty warring and ministering angels of Heaven come alongside them to minister to them. We have not been left alone in this world. Though daily we find ourselves in the midst of a spiritual war with and invisible enemy, we can know that He who is for us is far greater than those who are against us.
When we cry out to God in prayer, we have the ability to activate angelic assistance. We see this in the life of Daniel in Daniel 9:20-23 20 While I was still speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the Lord my God in behalf of the holy mountain of my God, 21 while I was still speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. 22 And he instructed me and talked with me and said, “Daniel, I have come now to give you insight with understanding. 23 At the beginning of your pleas the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, because you are highly esteemed; so pay attention to the message and gain understanding of the vision. We see here from the time that Daniel began to pray that Gabriel was instructed to come. Ofen we may wonder when we pray if anything is being accomplished. But God tells us in His word that we have not because we ask not (James 4:2-3). We are also told to ask, seek, and knock (Matthew 7:7-12). There is a great mystery when it comes to prayer and all that is accomplished, but what is for certain from the study of God’s word is that God calls His people to pray over and over again.
It is clear from the book of Hebrews that The Son is greater than the angels. Jesus alone deserves our worship. Jesus alone is the only place where salvation can be found. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. Everything we need is found in Jesus. To have Jesus and nothing else is to have all we need. To have everything and not have Jesus, is to have nothing.
Father thank you for your Son Jesus. Thank you for loving us so much that you sent Jesus to save us. Jesus thank you for saving us. Thank you for dying in our place and taking the wrath and punishment we deserve. May in all that we do that you alone Jesus receive all glory and honor. In the name of Jesus, Amen!