II. The Superiority of Christ
A. Superior to the Angels
1. As the Son of God -- As God
4 Having become as much better than the angels as to have inherited a 1more distinguished name than they.
5 For to which of the angels has He ever said, a"You are My Son; 1this day have I begotten You''? And again, b"I will be a Father to Him, and He will be a Son to Me''?
6 And when He brings again the 1aFirstborn into the inhabited earth, He says, b"And let all the angels of God worship Him.''
7 And of the angels He says, a"Who makes His angels 1winds and His ministers a flame of fire'';
8 But of the Son, a"Your bthrone, 1O God, is forever and ever, and the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your ckingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; therefore God, 1Your God, has aanointed You with the oil of exultant joy above Your 2bpartners'';
10 And, a"You in the beginning, 1Lord, laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the works of Your hands;
11 They will perish, but You remain perpetually; and they all will become aold like a bgarment,
12 And like a mantle You will roll them up; like a garment they will also be changed; but You are the asame, and Your years will not fail.''
13 But to which of the angels has He ever said, a"Sit at My right hand 1until I set Your enemies as a bfootstool for Your feet''?
14 Are they not all aministering spirits, sent forth for service for the sake of 1those who are to inherit salvation?
(The First Warning --
Give Heed to What Is Spoken
concerning the Son
1 1Therefore we ought to give heed more abundantly to the things which have been heard lest perhaps we 2drift away.
2 For if the word spoken through aangels proved firm and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense,
3 How shall we 1aescape if we have neglected so great a 2bsalvation, which, having had its beginning in being spoken by the Lord, has been confirmed to us by those who heard,
4 God bearing awitness with them both by signs and wonders and by various works of power and by 1distributions of the Holy Spirit according to His will?
2. As the Son of Man -- As Man
5 For it was not to angels that He subjected the coming 1inhabited earth, concerning which we speak.
6 But one has solemnly testified somewhere, saying, 1a"What is man, that You bring him to mind? Or the son of man, that You care for him?
7 You have made Him 1a little inferior to the angels; You have crowned Him with glory and honor and have set Him aover the works of Your hands;
8 You have asubjected all things under His feet.'' For in subjecting all things to Him, He left nothing unsubject to Him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to Him,
9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little 1inferior to the angels because of the suffering of adeath, bcrowned with 2cglory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death on behalf of 3deverything.
10 For it was fitting for 1Him, afor whom are all things and through whom are all things, in leading 2bmany sons into 3cglory, to make the 4dAuthor of their esalvation 5fperfect through sufferings.
11 For both 1He who asanctifies and those who are being bsanctified are all 2of One, for which cause He is not ashamed to call them cbrothers,
12 Saying, a"I will 1declare Your name to My brothers; in the midst of the 2church 3I will sing hymns of praise to You.''
13 And again, a"I will trust in Him.'' And again, b"Behold, I and the children whom God has given to Me.''
14 Since therefore the children have shared in ablood and flesh, He also Himself in like manner bpartook of the same, that through cdeath He might 1ddestroy him who has the might of edeath, that is, the fdevil,
15 And might 1release those who because of the fear of death through all their life were held in slavery.
16 For assuredly it is not to angels that He 1gives help, but He 1gives help to the seed of Abraham.
17 Hence He should have been 1made alike His brothers in all things that He might become a merciful and faithful 2bHigh Priest in the 3things cpertaining to God, to make 4dpropitiation for the sins of the people.
18 For being atempted in that which He Himself has suffered, He is able to help those who are being tempted.