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Hebrews 1:6

Aug 6, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Hebrews, Hebrews (written), Writings  //  8 Comments

Monday, 6 August 2018

But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says:
Let all the angels of God worship Him.” Hebrews 1:6

The words of this verse are incorrectly translated by some versions by saying something like, “And again, when he brings in the first-begotten into the world…” In the Greek, the word “brings” is tied to “again.” It is not a supplementary statement to the previous verse. Rather it is a new thought referring to a new point in time. In the previous verse, it spoke of Christ’s first advent (Today I have begotten You). That was when He “by Himself purged our sins” (verse 3). Now it is speaking of a second event.

“But when He again brings the firstborn into the world,” speaks of that event. The Firstborn is Christ. He is termed this several times in the New Testament, such as Romans 8:29, Colossians 1:15, 18, and Revelation 1:5. The words, “He again brings” Him “into the world,” is a grammatical tool where the “event is conceived as occurring at an indefinite time in the future, but is viewed as complete” (Vincent’s Word Studies). There is a time which is set, and which God spoke of as accomplished, though it is yet future. It is where the cited Scripture would apply directly to Christ’s second coming. It is stated by the author as, “Let all the angels of God worship Him.”

Here he does not cite the Hebrew version of the Scriptures, but the Greek translation of it. It is cited in Deuteronomy 32:43 and again substantially in Psalm 96:7. The Greek translation of the Old Testament is what the author consistently uses for his Old Testament citations.

It is true that the angels of God had recognized Christ’s works after they were completed. 1 Timothy 3:16 says that He was “seen by angels.” However, the culmination of Christ’s great redemptive work lies yet ahead at His second coming. It is a time when the fulfillment of this Scripture will be then realized.

It should be noted that in citing Psalm 96:7, it is another of the countless references to the deity of Christ. There, it is applied to the Lord (Yehovah) of the Old Testament. In Hebrews, it is applied directly to Jesus. It is an implicit reference, then, to Christ being the Lord (Yehovah) of the Old. Such is the reason for the inclusion of this. It demonstrates, unequivocally, that Jesus is “greater than” the angels.

Life application: As the angels were created by God, and as the angels will worship Jesus, it is rather obvious that Jesus is God. The particular wording of this verse, and many others, further solidifies this point. If you have called out to Jesus, but not as Lord (meaning God), you have called out to a false Jesus. Jesus is God. This is the message which is seen time and again as we wind our way through Scripture.

Lord God Almighty! Great and glorious are You. You have set the earth in its place as the center of Your attention. And You have placed the earth here as a dwelling for man. Everything is set with this in mind. And then, after the focus of Your attention – we humans – rebelled, You were still willing to send Christ Jesus to redeem us. What is the value of man? If You sent Jesus to bring us back to You, we must have great value. Help us to recognize this, and live lives worthy of that state. To Your glory we pray. Amen.

8 Comments

  • Amen Jesus is God God is Jesus our focus on that fact keeps everything in perspectiv or should.
    Thank you lord for loving us so much and wanting us to be with you forever!

    Grace mercy and peace on you and yours

    We Are another day closer to home

    God bless my friend(s)

  • help us LORD

  • Pastor Charlie, I need some help with this. When i witness to hindus in my country ( they comprise a large % of the population), they tell you that they believe Jesus is God. They know all about his life and what He did on the cross. But the thing is they believe that He is one of many gods whom they worship. He is a god among the gods. Each god is approached for a particular need e.g. one for wealth, one to remove obstacles, one for sickness etc. They would tell you -we believe in Jesus but we cannot leave our religion.
    How do I approach this kind of belief when I am evangelizing?

  • BLESS GOD PRAISE JESUS!

  • Jasmin Ruth this is a real problem with Hindus, and it is actually something that those in the RCC deal with. They look to Jesus for one thing, Mary for another, and even the saints when they pray. I honestly don’t know how to deal with this in a simple way. They need to come to the understanding that there is one, and only one, God. It is complicated, technical precision of words is necessary, and most would find it overwhelming. However, logic itself says that there can only be one God. I hate to direct you to the Genesis 1:1 sermon I did, because it is complicated, but there I talk about it in detail. If you watch that, maybe there will be something you can use to share with them. I will also send you a list of FIRST PRINCIPLES that I mention in the sermon. I do hope this will help.

    • Thank you . I will look at the Genesis sermon. I also will study the contents of the email.

  • Charlie hi, I took your advice to look into other commentaries, and I found adam Clarke’s commentary. If you happen to see this response, I would like you to know that his commentary on this verse was very helpful, as was yours. what I took away from it was that Christ’s second coming actually started immediately after his post resurrection appearance, and that is what Clarke points out. that made sense to me, as well as the fact that you pointed out that it refers to a second coming at the end of the age.
    It helped me to understand the verse, that is referring to “first begotten, that it is not saying that Christ was the a created being like JW’s say aboutHim.

    Clarke says in part…This most manifestly refers to his resurrection,which might most properly be considered a second incarnation…
    Charlie, I’ll leave it at that, hoping that you see what stirred me today.

    • John, thank you so much for sharing this. Adam Clarke is truly one of the greats! Have a most blessed afternoon.

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