Picking up our study in Hebrews at Chapter 1, Verse 4, we find a short discussion of Jesus’ superiority to angels, with Old Testament references used to convince the letter’s Jewish recipients of that superiority. Presumably, the author found a need to make this argument due to some misconception about Jesus’ relationship with the angels that was then prevalent among the Messianic Jewish congregation(s) to whom the letter was sent.
In Hebrews 1:1-3 we find a proclamation of the deity of Jesus Christ and His role in the creation of the world, the preservation of the world, and the salvation of the world from death brought to it through the sin of mankind. These declarations are made here at the beginning of Hebrews, specifically to a Jewish audience who were well familiar with the system of repeated ritual cleansing and sacrifice for the temporary atonement of sin laid out in God’s Law given to Moses. Jesus’ final and complete remission of all sin through His sacrifice on the cross is declared, alluding to the more detailed development of these concepts which we will find later in the book of Hebrews.
Introduction to Hebrews – Audience, Author, Date, Purpose, Main Themes