sermon: Hebrews (Part Eight): Greater Than Angels (cont.)
John W. Ritenbaugh
Given 21-Sep-19; Sermon #1507; 66 minutes
The Book of Hebrews explains Christ's superiority over angels, an important instruction to converts from Judaism. Angels played a major role in establishing the Law at Mount Sinai and continue to minister as God's messengers today. Angels are intelligent beings, equipped with the power of choice (as seen in Satan's defection) and extraordinary power over the forces of nature (as seen in their ability to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah). Angelic beings, of whom there are apparently millions, are currently the highest of God's creatures; their home is heaven, though they are able to effortlessly traverse between heaven and earth. These mighty angels were at the disposal of Jesus Christ during His earthly ministry. Hebrews 1:3-4 describes the dramatic transitional period in which God begot Christ, making Him the only human being who could qualify as our Messiah and Savior. His death at the end of the 33½ years qualified Him to be our High Priest, giving us access to God the Father.
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