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”? Hebrews 1:5
The more intimate a relationship, the more exclusive the language. While I respect many men for various reasons, I only have one husband. I will describe Ron in ways that will be exclusive to him and my love language proves it. The same for my children. They hold a place in my heart that is only theirs and there is an exclusive language that accompanies that relationship.
Why is the writer of Hebrews taking the time to describe the exclusive language between God and His Son, Jesus? Isn’t this something I already know? God is the Father; Jesus is the Son. Yet, I am not Jewish and I was not part of their culture which historically held angels in high esteem. Angels played a major part in the giving of the law and, in Jewish minds and hearts, angels were revered. Perhaps Jewish believers were tempted to give angels and Jesus equal footing. There’s a reason that so much of the first chapter is taken up with proving the supremacy of Christ.
Jesus was the only one who heard God call Him ‘Son’. Jesus was the only one whom God described as ‘begotten of God,’ holding the nature and essence of God Himself. Jesus is the only One of whom His Father would say, “I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son.” (A quotation from 2 Samuel 7:14 Hebrew’s author knew he must reach back into the Torah to authenticate his teaching.)
This message will continue to be unveiled over the next many verses and will be the topic of a week’s worth of devotionals. Anticipating that, do I really grasp the importance of this and why is it imperative that I do?
Scripture is built precept upon precept. If I fail to understand one thing, many other things are at risk of being misunderstood. If I miss the value of one truth, I miss out on the myriad of truths that are built on that original one. If you’ve been a believer for a long time, you know exactly what I’m talking about. Your faith today is built on the cumulative understanding of the basics. Scripture and doctrine hung on the understanding of the fundamentals.
What’s at stake if I fail to realize the exclusive relationship between God and His Son? So many things that are critical to my faith but on the list is the risk that I might not fully grasp the relationship between God and me! Jesus is God’s Son and through Him, I became God’s daughter. Having been adopted in His family, I enjoy words of affection that angels never hear. I live in the light of God’s favor and bask in the exclusive language between Father and child. I’ve been given God’s name and Christ’s nature is being formed in me through the indwelling of His Spirit. This is something angels will never experience. They will never enjoy the wonder and privilege of calling God, Abba Father.
Through You, Jesus, I have the right to be called a child of God. I’m learning from You how to relate to our Father. Thank you for teaching me what love looks like in this exclusive relationship. Amen