Hebrews 1:1-14 KJV
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the
prophets, Hath 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; Who 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; Being made
so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name
The message of God, beginning with Moses, was delivered through the prophets. Whether it
was by speaking directly to them, or by vision, or by dream, or by guidance, the message they
gave was the Word of God. Today, however, that message comes through He Who is greater
than the prophets, the Son.
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the
power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he
received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from
the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which
came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a
more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that
shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing
this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy
came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by
the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:16-21 KJV) [see Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:2-10; Luke 9:28-36]
The Transfiguration shows that Jesus was superior to Moses (the great lawgiver and the first of
the prophets) and Elijah (considered the greatest of the prophets).
Jesus is: 1. Heir 2. Creator 3. Brightness of His Glory 4. Express Image of His Person 5. Savior
6. King/High Priest/Advocate. As great and wondrous as the prophets were, they pale in
comparison to the Son who has sat down on the right hand of the Father. He is not only better
than the prophets, He is even better than the angels, for He is the Son and they are the servants.
See De 4:30; Ps 2:8; Mt 21:38; 28:18; Joh 1:3,17; 3:35; 15:15; Ro 8:17; 1Co 8:6; Ga 4:4; Eph
1:10; Col 1:16; Heb 2:3; Ps 110:1; Joh 1:4,14; 14:9; 2Co 4:4; Eph 1:20; Col 1:15,17; Heb 7:
27; 8:1; 9:12,14,26; 10:12; 12:2; 1Pe 3:22; Re 4:11; Eph 1:21; Php 2:9-10
For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten
Whether it is the angels in heaven, or the messengers of God here on the earth (the prophets),
none could be called the begotten Son of God as could Jesus of Nazareth. At His baptism
(Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; Luke 3:21,22), and then again at the Transfiguration on the
mount (Matthew 17:1-9; Mark 9:2-9; Luke 9:28-36) the voice from heaven declared “This is my
beloved Son.” Never did God say that to any of the angels in heaven, nor the prophets on earth.
See Ps 2:7; 89:26-27; Ac 13:33; Heb 5:5
And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
God did use similar language when speaking of Solomon, but that language was
accommodative. Only of Jesus is this completely true.
See 2Sa 7:14; 1Ch 22:10; 28:6
And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the
angels of God worship him.
At the birth of Jesus, the angels of heaven rejoiced, praised God, and worshipped Him.
(Luke 2:8-15 KJV)
Not only at His birth, but as He sits at the right hand of the Father in heaven, Jesus continues to
be worthy of praise, honor, and worship.
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts
and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and
thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to
receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as
are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and
power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And
the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him
that liveth for ever and ever. (Revelation 5:11-14 KJV)
Jesus is referred to as the “firstbegotten” because, in the physical sense, He was the first and
only One ever to be begotten by God; and, He is referred to as the “firstbegotten” or “firstborn”
from the dead – He being the first to be resurrected never to die again.
See De 32:43; Ps 97:7; Ro 8:29; Col 1:18; 1Pe 3:22; Re 1:5
And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
There is a contrast to be seen in the words of the Psalmist about the angels and prophets,
and the declarations of the Father about the Son.
See Ps 104:4
But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of
righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated
iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy
fellows. And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the
heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all
shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be
changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
Notice, the Father in addressing the Son says, “Thy throne, O God,…” The Father not only
addresses the authority and power of the kingdom, He also addresses the character of the king
– He is God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The
same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not
any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the
light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:1-5 KJV)
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of
the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14 KJV)
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God,
thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took
upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in
fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of
the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is
above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven,
and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:5-11 KJV)
Jesus has made all that is here on earth. He shall endure as the King of kings and the Lord of
lords beyond the existence of all that has been created.
See Ps 45:6-7; Isa 61:1; Ac 4:27; 10:38; Ps 102:25; Isa 34:4; 51:6; Mt 24:35; 2Pe 3:7,10; Re
But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine
enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them
who shall be heirs of salvation?
The power and authority of the Son cannot be compared to that of the angels and/or prophets.
And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in
earth. (Matthew 28:18 KJV)
See Ps 110:1; Mt 22:44; Mr 12:36; Lu 20:42; Heb 1:3; 10:12; Ge 19:16; 32:1-2,24; Ps 34:7;
91:11; 103:20-21; Da 3:28; 7:10; 10:11; Mt 18:10; Lu 1:19; 2:9,13; Ac 12:7; 27:23; Ro 8:17;
Tit 3:7; Jas 2:5; 1Pe 3:7
Jesus is better, He is greater, than the prophets and the angels!!!