1 In the past God spoke to our ancestors at many different times and in many different ways through the prophets. 2 In these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. God made his Son responsible for everything. His Son is the one through whom God made the universe. 3 His Son is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact likeness of God’s being. He holds everything together through his powerful words. After he had cleansed people from their sins, he now holds the honored position—the one next to the majestic God [the Father] on the heavenly throne.
God’s Son Is Superior to the Angels
4 The Son has become greater than the angels since he has been given a name that is superior to theirs. 5 God never said to any of his angels,
“You are my Son. Today I have become your Father.”
And God never said to any of his angels,
“I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.”
6 When God was about to send his firstborn Son into the world, he said,
“All of God’s angels must worship him.”
7 God said about the angels,
“He makes his messengers winds. He makes his servants flames of fire.”
8 But God said about his Son,
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter in your kingdom is a scepter for justice. 9 You have loved what is right and hated what is wrong. That is why God, your God, anointed you, rather than your companions, with the oil of joy.”
10 God also said,
“Lord, in the beginning you laid the foundation of the earth. With your own hands you made the heavens. 11 They will come to an end, but you will live forever. They will all wear out like clothes. 12 They will be taken off like a coat. You will change them like clothes. But you remain the same, and your life will never end.
13 But God never said to any of the angels,
“Take the honored position—the one next to me on the heavenly throne until I put your enemies under your control.”
14 What are all the angels? They are spirits sent to serve those who are going to receive salvation.
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