Flames of fire

In the past God spoke to our ancestors on many occasions and in many different ways by means of his prophets. Now, however, in this final period, he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, and through whom he created the universe.

The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact image of his person. All things are sustained by the power of his command. When he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Thus he became as much superior to the angels as the name he inherited is superior to theirs.

For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son. Today I have become your Father”?

Or, “I will be his Father, and he will be my Son.”

And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all the angels of God worship him.”

Regarding the angels, he says, “He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.”

But to the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, endures for ever and ever. A sceptre of justice is the sceptre of your kingdom. You have loved justice and hated evil, therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”

He also says, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain. They will wear out like old clothing. And you will fold them up and change them like a cloak. But you still remain the same. Your time will last for ever.”

And to which of the angels did God say, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool under your feet”?

Are not angels, therefore, ministering spirits, sent to take care of those who will inherit salvation?


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