September 14, 2020

The J-Word

Hebrews 1

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The Supremacy of God's Son

Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

  “You are my Son,
    today I have begotten you”?

Or again,

  “I will be to him a father,
    and he shall be to me a son”?

And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says,

  “Let all God's angels worship him.”

Of the angels he says,

  “He makes his angels winds,
    and his ministers a flame of fire.”

But of the Son he says,

  “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
    the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of your kingdom.
  You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
  therefore God, your God, has anointed you
    with the oil of gladness beyond your companions.”

10 And,

  “You, Lord, laid the foundation of the earth in the beginning,
    and the heavens are the work of your hands;
11   they will perish, but you remain;
    they will all wear out like a garment,
12   like a robe you will roll them up,
    like a garment they will be changed.1
  But you are the same,
    and your years will have no end.”

13 And to which of the angels has he ever said,

  “Sit at my right hand
    until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?


[1] 1:12 Some manuscripts omit like a garment

The J-Word

Key Verse | Hebrews 1:3b-4

After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name he has inherited is more excellent than theirs.

Bio | Mark De La Torre

Good morning! My name is Mark De La Torre, and I'm humbled to write this devotional for you all. Taylor, my wife of almost four years, used to have the last name Johnson, but after marrying me she received a slightly more interesting last name. We have a son named Will and a dog/son named Leo. I love them both equally. I moved from Brooklyn to Dallas six years ago and very much enjoy working in the commercial real estate industry. Cap rates are low!

Central Truth

Jesus is the Son of God, and therefore He is superior to angels and all of creation. His name and identity as the Son make him worthy of all glory and all of our praise.

Devotional | Hebrews 1

My wife and I are days away from the birth of our first child. Consequently, we have discussed many names. We want the name of our son to have a significant meaning for his life. We chose the name Will...

My wife and I are days away from the birth of our first child. Consequently, we have discussed many names. We want the name of our son to have a significant meaning for his life. We chose the name Will ("determined protector") Everett ("brave") because our prayer for Will is that in a culture of compromise, he would be a man who is a brave and determined protector of the purposes of Christ.

In a similar way, the author of Hebrews begins this book by talking about the power of a name. The writer desires to show Christ's superiority over others and starts by proving how Jesus is superior to angels. Hebrews 1:4 argues that this comparison is as simple as stating that Jesus has received a far more excellent name than the angels. The author goes on to explain that the superior name that Jesus has received is "Son of God." No angel has been named as God's Son, and therefore none has the power or the inheritance that comes with that name. Therefore, Christ is clearly superior to angels.

Philippians 2:9-11 says, "Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord . . . ."

For most of my life, when I would hear that "there is power in the name of Jesus," I would understand that to mean, "Jesus is powerful." It was not until I was in Cuba last year, where witchcraft was predominant, that I understood that there was truly power in simply uttering the name "Jesus." I could say any word to these people without reaction, but there was a physical change in their demeanor after I mentioned the name of Jesus.

Chuck Anderson, one of my mentors, has told me: "We live in Dallas, Texas. Everyone is willing to talk about God, but it is when you drop the J-word that everyone freaks out."

Today, proclaim boldly the good and powerful news that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

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Discussion Questions

1. Do you speak the name of Jesus with boldness? If not, what hinders you from doing so?

2. Your mouth may speak the name of Jesus with boldness, but does your life support your proclamation that Jesus is truly the Son of God? What should characterize your daily life when you have come to understand this truth?

3. What are some other names that are given to Jesus in the Bible that particularly encourage you?

11 Comments available

Linda Green 3 months ago

Thank, Mark for boldly proclaiming Jesus and the power in His Name! I got lost in the details of the comparison to angels, but you pointed out the most important part.

Favorite name (question #3): in Matthew 1:21 “… you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” So thankful for a Savior that saved me.

Also love in Hebrews 1:11-12 how it points to the unchanging nature and timelessness of Jesus. People have made science a god, but what is thought to be true today might change totally tomorrow with new information. But Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Praise God!

Wray Miller 3 months ago
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Hey Kyle,

Here’s a good place to start…

Sue Bohlin 3 months ago

Thanks, Mark!

I am thankful for the “wise guy” who pointed out that we can understand the phrase, “through whom also he created the world,” as the Father saying to the Son, “Make it so, Number One.” (That’s a Star Trek: The Next Generation reference.)

I munched on vv. 1-4 today, marveling at how the writer of this epistle made it one long, involved, and exquisitely written sentence. Dr. Constable’s notes were super helpful. I was struck by the thought that when the Son returned to heaven and sat back down “at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (GOOSEBUMPS!), what kind of heavenly celebration was THAT??!!! Between the Father and the angels and whatever other kind of Elohim awaited His return (shout out to the Equipping Podcast with Dr. Mike Heiser about that), there must have been some amazing party up there! Gold confetti with real gold, maybe?

Michael Scaman 3 months ago

Psalm 109 is the Judas epoch ending 'God will be at the right hand of the poor man" Psalm 110 is the Melchizadec epoch starting with the "the Lord said to my Lord, I will make your enemies a footstool for your feet;

Psalm 110 has the most quoted verse in the New Testament from the Psalms and is " “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”?

This is significant because it is part of the prelude to the Passover Psalms in 113-118

Michael Scaman 3 months ago

Psalm 102 is by title “a prayer of one who is afflicted when he pours out his soul unto the Lord” and becomes an argument why Jesus is better than the Angels. The prayer can be views as to Jesus or even prayed by Jesus. And one thing for sure… it is not a something one can say to any mere angel

Michael Scaman 3 months ago

Psalm 2 has the anointed of God being declared Son of God, my anointed poured out on Mount Zion and given the nations as his inheritance. Like Psalm 110, his enemies are toast.

Michael Scaman 3 months ago

Michael Scaman 3 months ago

All these ‘Jesus is greater than the angels’ points brought up by the author of Hebrews support the Trinity.

Jesus is God’s word Jesus is worshipped, where God says 'there is no other 'god; and worship God alone. The creation will wear out but Jesus will not.

Scholars disagree on what is being quoted in Heb 1:6 about ‘let all the angels of God worship him’ most saying The Song of Moses, Deuteronomy 32:43 because the Greek version is similar and some saying Psalm 97:7. ( Since the gospel of Mark quotes Isaiah and Malachi somewhat melding them, maybe it’s quoting both, drawing from both) The song of Moses a few verses earlier does emphasis the ‘i am God and there is no other’ I think this would support the Trinity, everything taken together.

Greg Jones 3 months ago

Hebrews 1:5b is an example of a New Testament writer being very liberal with the context of the scripture he quotes.

The verse is 2 Samuel 7:14a. The context of the verse is found within 2 Samuel 7:1-16. David is in his palace while the ark is in a tent. David desires to build God a house, Nathan tells David to follow through with this desire but God shows up that night and tells Nathan to deliver a message to David for Him. The message is, “don’t worry about building me a house one of your descendants (clearly Solomon) will build it for me latter, “I will be his father, and he will be my son. [When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.]” (2Samuel7:14)

Kyle Duhon 3 months ago
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Do you have a good link for the resurrection evidence? I’d love to read and be able to share if needed.

Hugh Stephenson 3 months ago

GM Mark. Excellent and well-done devo. Love your mentor’s truth statement. My experience is the same.

As I read the opening verses of this passage, I am struck by the claims the author makes. Then he adds even more in verse 9, 11-12. Somehow, I have mostly missed this book even though some favorite verses are in it.

(A big part of me wishes someone had sat me down at age 25 and walked me through this passage. And many others.)

Back again to the observation of CS Lewis,

In spiritual conversations I try to get to the Matthew 16:15 question ASAP. Usually I get the watered-down response. This passage hits the bull’s eye and asks the Liar, LORD or lunatic question.

When you add on the evidences for the resurrection the truth becomes hard to fight.

The perfection of His story in history is unmatched.

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