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The ministering spirits

The central figure in Hebrews chapter 1 is the Son of God, who is introduced not by name but rather as Creator of the universe. He was born so He could be the Redeemer of people who have repented of their sin and made the decision to place their faith in Him. The Son of God, who is also the King, rules at God’s right hand. As the author of the book closes out the chapter, he once again pointed out the fact that the Son of God is superior to angels. He writes not to discredit angels, but to direct attention to the exalted position of the Son. He proves his point by quoting from the Old Testament seven times, chiefly from the Book of Psalms. The author shows that the Son of God is eternal and unchangeable, and rules in royal splendor, seated at God’s right hand. Angels, by contrast, are ministering spirits who are told to serve those who will inherit salvation. All angels are ministering spirits. Obviously, the text speaks only of the angels that have not fallen into sin. Every angel, regardless of status, has been ordered to minister to the needs of the saints. The saints do not have to doubt their salvation. Their inheritance is waiting for them when they, in the last day, stand before the judgment throne. Not a single angel is excluded. Even archangels, including Gabriel and Michael, are sent by God to work in the interest of the believers (see Luke 1:11–38; Jude 9). The angels constitute a numberless host, for John relates in Revelation that he “heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand” (Revelation 5:11; see also Daniel 7:10). Their work continues until the time of the judgment, when Jesus, sitting on His throne, will say to those who are inheriting salvation: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world” (Matthew 25:34). Those who will inherit salvation and brought to the presence of Christ in the culmination of time, they will no longer experience death, mourning, crying, or pain (see Revelation 21:4). They will enter a blessed and glorious state reserved for them and given to them for eternity. They shall be with Christ forever. That is the fullness of inherited salvation. When Christ came into this world by taking the form of man, it was the angels who announced to the lowly shepherd the birth of Christ and the purpose of His coming. “‘Shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.’ Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors!’” (Luke 2:8-14).


Isaac De Guzman


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