Biblical Concept: Angelic Conflict In Hebrews
Hebrews 2:2-9 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, 4 God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.
The underlines above reveal three chronologies: The Lord chronology. The Apostolic chronology. The writer of Hebrews chronology. The writer of the Biblical Book, that the Church calls Hebrews, was a second generation Christian. The writer addressed issues related to a maturing Church. Concern about momentum is expressed in 6:1-2 and 6:9-12. Concern about sliding back into Judaism is expressed by discussing various superiorities of Jesus Christ: Superior to Moses - 3:1-6. Jesus Christ: Superior High Priest – 8:1-2. Superior New Covenant in Christ – 8:6-13.
Those addressed in Hebrews were second and third generation Christians. To facilitate their spiritual growth the writer noted the need to comprehend the Angelic Conflict—the context of their spiritual lives.
Jesus Christ: “Better than the angels.” (Amen.)
“And let all the angels of God worship Him.” (Some do not want to.)
“He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil;” (Amen.)
Jesus Christ will rule over enemy volitional creatures. (Amen.)
This world is subject to angels. (Try not to be duped.) (Revelation 12:9 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.) (1 Peter 5:8-9 8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.)
World history: subjected to a mess. (From Adam and Eve, to Gog and Magog, a giant angelic mess.)
The Millennial world will not be subject to angels. (Amen.)
Hebrews 1:1-9 1 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2 in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they. 5 For to which of the angels did He ever say, "Thou art My Son, Today I have begotten Thee"? And again, "I will be a Father to Him And He shall be a Son to Me"? 6 And when He again brings the first-born into the world, He says, "And let all the angels of God worship Him." 7 And of the angels He says, "Who makes His angels winds, And His ministers a flame of fire." 8 But of the Son He says, "Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever, And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom. 9 "Thou hast loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Thy God, hath anointed Thee With the oil of gladness above Thy companions." (Jesus Christ: Better than angels.) (“And let all the angels of God worship Him.”)
Hebrews 1:13-14 13 But to which of the angels has He ever said, "Sit at My right hand, Until I make Thine enemies A footstool for Thy feet "? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? (Jesus Christ will rule over enemy volitional creatures.)
Hebrews 2:2-9 2 For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense, 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, 4 God also bearing witness with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will. 5 For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking. 6 But one has testified somewhere, saying, "What is man, that Thou rememberest him? Or the son of man, that Thou art concerned about him? 7 "Thou hast made him for a little while lower than the angels; Thou hast crowned him with glory and honor, And hast appointed him over the works of Thy hands; 8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet." For in subjecting all things to him, He left nothing that is not subject to him. But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him. 9 But we do see Him who has been made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. (This world is subject to angels.) (World history: subjected to a mess.) (The Millennial world will not be subject to angels.)
Hebrews 2:14-18 14 Since then the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 and might deliver those who through fear of death were subject to slavery all their lives. 16 For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. 17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For since He Himself was tempted in that which He has suffered, He is able to come to the aid of those who are tempted. (“He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil;”)
Hebrews 12:22 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels,
Hebrews 13:2 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. (See 2:5 above.)