Matthew Henry's Commentary
This epistle shows Christ as the end, foundation, body, and truth of the figures of the law, which of themselves were
no virtue for the soul. The great truth set forth in this epistle is that Jesus of Nazareth is the true God. The unconverted
Jews used many arguments to draw their converted brethren from the Christian faith. They represented the law of Moses as superior
to the Christian dispensation, and spoke against every thing connected with the Saviour. The apostle, therefore, shows the
superiority of Jesus of Nazareth, as the Son of God, and the benefits from his sufferings and death as the sacrifice for sin,
so that the Christian religion is much more excellent and perfect than that of Moses. And the principal design seems to be,
to bring the converted Hebrews forward in the knowledge of the gospel, and thus to establish them in the Christian faith,
and to prevent their turning from it, against which they are earnestly warned. But while it contains many things suitable
to the Hebrews of early times, it also contains many which can never cease to interest the church of God; for the knowledge
of Jesus Christ is the very marrow and kernel of all the Scriptures. The ceremonial law is full of Christ, and all the gospel
is full of Christ; the blessed lines of both Testaments meet in Him; and how they both agree and sweetly unite in Jesus Christ,
is the chief object of the epistle to the Hebrews to discover.
he surpassing dignity of the Son of God in his Divine person, and in his creating and mediatorial work. (1-3) And in his superiority
to all the holy angels. (4-14)
Verses 1-3: God spake to his ancient people
at sundry times, through successive generations, and in divers manners, as he thought proper; sometimes by personal directions,
sometimes by dreams, sometimes by visions, sometimes by Divine influences on the minds of the prophets. The gospel revelation
is excellent above the former; in that it is a revelation which God has made by his Son. In beholding the power, wisdom, and
goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ, we behold the power, wisdom, and goodness of the Father, (Joh 14:7);
the fulness of the Godhead dwells, not typically, or in a figure, but really, in him. When, on the fall of man, the world
was breaking to pieces under the wrath and curse of God, the Son of God, undertaking the work of redemption, sustained it
by his almighty power and goodness. From the glory of the person and office of Christ, we proceed to the glory of his grace.
The glory of His person and nature, gave to his sufferings such merit as was a full satisfaction to the honour of God, who
suffered an infinite injury and affront by the sins of men. We never can be thankful enough that God has in so many ways,
and with such increasing clearness, spoken to us fallen sinners concerning salvation. That he should by himself cleanse us
from our sins is a wonder of love beyond our utmost powers of admiration, gratitude, and praise.
4-14: Many Jews had a superstitious or idolatrous respect for angels, because they had received the law and
other tidings of the Divine will by their ministry. They looked upon them as mediators between God and men, and some went
so far as to pay them a kind of religious homage or worship. Thus it was necessary that the apostle should insist, not only
on Christ's being the Creator of all things, and therefore of angels themselves, but as being the risen and exalted Messiah
in human nature, to whom angels, authorities, and powers are made subject. To prove this, several passages are brought from
the Old Testament. On comparing what God there says of the angels, with what he says to Christ, the inferiority of the angels
to Christ plainly appears. Here is the office of the angels; they are God's ministers or servants, to do his pleasure. But,
how much greater things are said of Christ by the Father! And let us own and honour him as God; for if he had not been God,
he had never done the Mediator's work, and had never worn the Mediator's crown. It is declared how Christ was qualified for
the office of Mediator, and how he was confirmed in it: he has the name Messiah from his being anointed. Only as Man he has
his fellows, and as anointed with the Holy Spirit; but he is above all prophets, priests, and kings, that ever were employed
in the service of God on earth. Another passage of Scripture, (Ps 102:25-27), is recited, in which the Almighty power of the
Lord Jesus Christ is declared, both in creating the world and in changing it. Christ will fold up this world as a garment,
not to be abused any longer, not to be used as it has been. As a sovereign, when his garments of state are folded and put
away, is a sovereign still, so our Lord, when he has laid aside the earth and heavens like a vesture, shall be still the same.
Let us not then set our hearts upon that which is not what we take it to be, and will not be what it now is. Sin has made
a great change in the world for the worse, and Christ will make a great change in it for the better. Let the thoughts of this
make us watchful, diligent, and desirous of that better world. The Saviour has done much to make all men his friends, yet
he has enemies. But they shall be made his footstool, by humble submission, or by utter destruction. Christ shall go on conquering
and to conquer. The most exalted angels are but ministering spirits, mere servants of Christ, to execute his commands. The
saints, at present, are heirs, not yet come into possession. The angels minister to them in opposing the malice and power
of evil spirits, in protecting and keeping their bodies, instructing and comforting their souls, under Christ and the Holy
Ghost. Angels shall gather all the saints together at the last day, when all whose hearts and hopes are set upon perishing
treasures and fading glories, will be driven from Christ's presence into everlasting misery.
David Burnette's Life Application
All Sufficient Savior
Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making
an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we start
the book of Hebrews with Chapter 1 and in our text we see the author explaining how Jesus-Christ is greater than the angles
supporting the doctrine of the deity of Christ. Jesus is 100% God and 100% man making Him sufficient to pay for our sins.
In making application we see that Jesus is Lord, higher than any angel as He is Lord. He is sufficient to meet all your needs.
How about you? Do you see that Jesus is all you need? Let us learn from our text today and the reminder of the author
of Hebrews that Jesus is Higher than the angles, He is Lord, and Jesus is an all sufficient savior and is able to save your
soul and meet your needs.
who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir
of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power,
when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
4Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained
a more excellent name than they.
which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father,
and he shall be to me a Son?
6And again, when
he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
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.
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
14Are they not all ministering
spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?