Totally God!

angelsFor to which of the angels did He ever say: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You “? And again: “I will be to Him a Father, And He shall be to Me a Son “? But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.” And of the angels He says: “Who makes His angels spirits And His ministers a flame of fire.” But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your Kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” (Heb 1:5-9 NKJ)

Don’t let anyone who wants to practice harsh self-denial and worship angels rob you of the prize. They go into detail about what they have seen in visions and have become unjustifiably arrogant by their selfish way of thinking. (Col 2:18 CEB)

Angel worship was common in Greek and Roman culture, and although Judaism strictly forbid the worship of angelic hosts, during the Maccabean period, fighters invoked the unnamed angel that earlier in the days of Hezekiah had destroyed the army of Sennacherib.  In the New Testament, Stephen reminds his hearers of the foolishness of those who died in the wilderness by worshipping the golden calf (Acts 7:24), and Paul strictly forbids the Colossian congregation in case they get drawn into new fades.

Hebrews gives us five reasons why this act of salvation has absolutely nothing to do with angels; God stepped in himself for this one

(1)the angels have never been addressed with the title of Son: Hebrews 1:5.

(2)he is declared to be the object of worship by the angels, while they are employed merely as the messengers of God; Hebrews 1:6-7.

(3)he is addressed as God, and his throne is said to be forever and ever; Hebrews 1:8-9.

(4)he is addressed as immutable. He is declared to have laid the foundations of heaven and earth; and though they would perish, yet he would remain the same; Hebrews 1:10-12.

(5)none of the angels had been addressed in this manner, but they were employed in the subordinate work of ministering to the heirs of salvation; Hebrews 1:13-14.

So, those of you that like to fill your homes with ‘chubby’ cherubim and angels from Hallmark, beware, they are just trying to steal the credit—just joking!

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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