1 1Going through a long line of prophets, God has been addressing our ancestors in different ways for centuries. 2Recently he spoke to us directly through his Son. By his Son, God created the world in the beginning, and it will all belong to the Son at the end. 3This Son perfectly mirrors God, and is stamped with God’s nature. He holds everything together by what he says—powerful words! The Son Is Higher than Angels After he finished the sacrifice for sins, the Son took his honored place high in the heavens right alongside God, 4far higher than any angel in rank and rule. 5Did God ever say to an angel, “You’re my Son; today I celebrate you” or “I’m his Father, he’s my Son”? 6When he presents his honored Son to the world, he says, “All angels must worship him.” 7Regarding angels he says, The messengers are winds, the servants are tongues of fire. 8But he says to the Son, You’re God, and on the throne for good; your rule makes everything right. 9You love it when things are right; you hate it when things are wrong. That is why God, your God, poured fragrant oil on your head, Marking you out as king, far above your dear companions. 10And again to the Son, You, Master, started it all, laid earth’s foundations, then crafted the stars in the sky. 11Earth and sky will wear out, but not you; they become threadbare like an old coat; 12You’ll fold them up like a worn–out cloak, and lay them away on the shelf. But you’ll stay the same, year after year; you’ll never fade, you’ll never wear out. 13And did he ever say anything like this to an angel? Sit alongside me here on my throne Until I make your enemies a stool for your feet. 14Isn’t it obvious that all angels are sent to help out with those lined up to receive salvation?
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