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Jesus Became Superior

Hebrews 1:4

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Jesus is superior

So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

Hebrews 1:4 NIV

How do you answer the question of who Jesus is? We might rightly answer that he is the incarnate second person of the Trinity, the Son of God. That he is fully God and fully man. That he is our savior and redeemer. And all of that is true. But those simple answers, while true, do not tell the whole story.

The author of Hebrews goes to great lengths to tell us who Jesus is and what he has done for us. Much of his description is wrapped up in Old Testament references. But even more challenging is the idea of the Son becoming superior (Heb. 1:4), being crowned with glory (Heb. 2:9), being made perfect (Heb. 2:10; 5:9), or learning obedience (Heb. 5:8). How could any of those be true of one who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow (Heb. 13:8)?

There is, at least to me, an element of mystery in this. But it is all wrapped up in what happened on the cross. When Jesus provided purification for sins (Heb. 1:3), he became superior to the angels, much as his name was superior to theirs. While the angels are ministering spirits, sent to serve those who will inherit salvation (Heb. 1:14), Jesus has become the savior and Lord of those the angels minister to.

Who Is Jesus?

So who is Jesus? He is God’s final word to us (Heb. 1:1-2). He is the creator and sustainer of all things (Heb. 1:2-3). And he is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of God’s being (Heb. 1:3). But he is also one who took on humanity (Heb. 2:17), learned obedience in what he suffered, and became the source of eternal life for all who obey him (Heb. 5:8-9). And in doing so, Jesus became superior to the angels as well as all of the rest of the creation.

And now he is our brother (Heb. 2:11) and great high priest who intercedes with the Father on our behalf (Heb. 7:23-25). And through him, we now have access to the Father above (Heb. 10:19-22). While Jesus is beyond our full comprehension, he is all we need.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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5 thoughts on “Jesus Became Superior – Hebrews 1:4”

  1. Yes I am having a problem with that. But at the same time o
    I know that he can be everywhere at the same time. Can you recommend a book on the Holy Trinity? I would appreciate it. Thank you for responding.☺️

  2. I guess, like most people I will never fully understand the trinity. I think, if God came to earth as the son, then who was running the world during that time? And if that is so, how did Jesus say, My God why hath thou forsaken me. I believe in some instances we are not suppose to question things. That they are beyond our comprehension. And really that’s the way it is suppose to be in this world.

    • No one fully understand the Trinity. The problem you seem to be expressing is that God can only operate as either Father, Son, or Spirit. That is called Modalism and is contrary to what the Scripture teaches. God is Father, Son, and Spirit all at the same time. That Jesus, as the Son, was incarnate and ministering on earth is not an obstacle to God continuing “to run the world”.


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