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The Majesty of Christ

Hebrews 1 - Better Than Angels

Angels were mysterious beings to the Hebrews. They were messengers of God and prominent in the Hebrew scriptures. The Hebrew nation picked up a greater fascination for angels during their exile in Babylon. The Hebrew Christian needed to be reminded that Christ was superior to these beings who were known to be at God's throne.

  1. Briefly survey the book of Hebrews and then write what you hope to gain from this study of a book written to struggling Jewish Christians in the first century.

  2. What background did the Jewish Christians (to whom Hebrews was written) have that may have necessitated writing this chapter on the superiority of Jesus over prophets and angels?

  3. Recall various ways that God has spoken to people through out the history of man. Cite scriptures.

  4. List the seven statements about the superiority of Jesus from Hebrews 1:2-4.








  5. Share the importance of one or two of these seven statements in Hebrews 1:2-4.

  6. Considering the superior position and message from Christ, how do the following verses describe His Word?

    Hebrews 1:2

    Luke 21:33

    John 6:68

    John 12:48

  7. How is the word of God's Son received and perceived in the world today?

  8. Give seven ways in which Jesus is superior to angels as cited by these scriptures.

    1.   Hebrews 1:4 and Phil. 2:9,10; Isaiah 9:6

    2.   Hebrews 1:5a and Psalm 2:7

    3.   Hebrews 1:5b and II Samuel 7:14

    4.   Hebrews 1:6 and Psalm 97:7

    5.   Hebrews 1:7-10 and Psalms 104:4; 45:6, 7; 102:25

    6.   Hebrews 1:11,12 and Isaiah 34:4; 50:9; 51:6

    7.   Hebrews 1:13 and Psalm 110:1; Matthew 22:44

  9. What is the role of angels as cited in Hebrews 1:14?

  10. From this first chapter of Hebrews, what conclusion(s) can be drawn about God's final, most authoritative and comprehensive revelation?

  11. What are some characteristics of the life of a person who accepts Jesus Christ as the final, superior authority in her life?

  12. Trained from birth about their beloved prophets, the Jewish Christians found it difficult to accept Jesus Christ as superior. How will you demonstrate openness in your study of God's word even if what God's word reveals is different from your background? Share an example of some behavior changes (small or large) you had to make because of something you learned from studying God's Word.


Women IN God's Service

The Study of Hebrews - "Better Than Angels" (lesson 1)
Ladies Bible Class Lesson, 2 January 2001
West-Ark Church of Christ, Fort Smith, Arkansas
Copyright © 2001, West-Ark Church of Christ
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