“The Love of Christ Jesus”/The Son Superior to Angels cont’d

A Christ Filled Life – Getting To Know Jesus 

Sunday Service today was wonderful.  Our Pastor’s theme for four weeks is “Victorious”, Romans 8.  He prostrated himself (laid face down on the floor) to demonstrate how he sometimes submits himself to the Lord in prayer.  I had never seen a Pastor do this before and was helped in my Spirit by his example and I pray God’s blessing on him, his family and his preaching and teaching God’s Word.

To “prostrate” oneself before the Lord Jesus is to completely humble yourself; in that you are acknowledging to Him that your are nothing but filthy rags in His sight, saved by His Grace and that you submit and surrender all that you are and have to Him, The Most High God.  Amen.    

“The Son Superior to Angels” cont’d, Acts 1:7) And of the angels He saith, Who maketh His angels sprits, and His ministers a flame of fire.  8) But unto the Son He saith, Thy Throne, O God, is for ever and ever:  a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Thy Kingdom.  Psalm 46:6, 7.  9) Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.  10) And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the Heavens are the works of Thine Hands:  11) They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;  12) And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed:  but Thou Art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.  13) But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool?  14) Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of Salvation?   

Quest Study Bible – v7, What do angels do?  For the most part they seem to be messengers or servants for God (for example Luke 1:13, 30).  Often their messages bring God’s guidance to people (for example Acts 10:3-5).  Angels also are assigned to protect God’s people (Psalm 34:7), to minister to their needs (1Kings 19:5-7) and to dispense judgment to the wicked (Acts 12:23).  Angels also serve God by giving Him honor and praise (Revelation 5:11-12).  v10-11, How will the earth and Heavens perish?  The Bible hints at some catastrophic event that will destroy the world as we know it.  We cannot tell for sure what might cause such total devastation.  Peter wrote of the Heavens disappearing with a roar, the elements being destroyed by fire and the earth being laid bare (2Peter 3:10-12).  John simply said the first Heaven and the first earth had passed away (Revelation 21:1).   v13-14, Why show the inferiority of angels?  Some Jews were tempted to honor angels for their part in bringing God’s Word to them.  Some even went so far as to worship angels as supernatural beings (Colossians 2:18).  Because of this, the writer felt compelled to prove from the Old Testament that the Messiah was superior.

Nelson’s Compact Bible Commentary – v8, O God:  Jesus Christ is accorded the rank of full deity.  The Son has an Eternal Throne,  which means He possesses an Eternal Kingdom.  v9, companions or fellows:  comes from a word that means “close associates” or “partners”.  The concept of Believers being companions with Christ in His reign is key in Hebrews (3:1, 14; 6:4; 12;8).  v13,  Christ sits at the right hand of God until the final victory over all His enemies.  1Corinthians 15:25-28. 

      

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