Hebrews 1:13 – 14 — “But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
This “rhetorical” question about the angels actually has nothing to do with them. The Father made this statement to the Son! We first read this statement in the 100th Psalm:
Psalm 110:1 — “The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.”
God’s Christ¹, despised and rejected of men, is always first in the heart of the Father, and as such, even while the Kingdom of Heaven is in waiting, He is seated at the Father’s right hand. This is not as a “consolation prize”, for it was His from everlasting, but it is His place of honor. He was the Lord from Heaven (1 Corinthians 15:47) when He came as the second Man. But now He is seated for a time period … “until”.
The Father has appointed a time when He will make the enemies of the Son His footstool. Now, making His enemies His footstool is a far stretch from making His enemies the object of His grace and love, yet that is indeed what God has done in this current dispensation of grace (Romans 5:6 – 11).
However, while we are living under the reign of God’s grace, we should never think for a minute that the Son will not get that which is rightfully His.
John 6:37 — “All that the Father giveth Me shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.”
There is something that the Father gave to the Son that He still has not yet received:
Luke 1:31 – 33 — “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.”
That He has not yet received it is no reason to doubt whether it or not it will yet happen. All that the Father has given to the Son WILL come to Him! Remember, all power is given unto Christ in heaven and in earth (Matthew 28:18), but now, after He had by Himself purged our sins² (Hebrews 1:3), and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on High, having offered one sacrifice forever, while He is “henceforth expecting, until His enemies be made His footstool” (Hebrews 10:13).
It is the grace of God that has kept judgment at bay for these two millennia, and it is the grace of God that now speaks the word of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:14 – 6:2), while judgment on the sins of the world is put on hold. There will come a time when judgment will wait no longer:
Acts 17:31 — “Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.”
2 Thessalonians 1:7 – 10 — “… when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed ) in that day.”
So while He is waiting, we are living in a “grace period”. He will get what is coming to Him, and we will rejoice to see the day, when He does indeed receive all that is coming to Him. And notice that the Lord says immediately following that statement in John 6:37, that “him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” That promise was true then, and it is true now. This is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2), but it will not always be. The GREAT DAY OF HIS WRATH will come, and there will be no escape from it. Even death will be no escape, for the dead, small and great will stand before God, and be judged according to their works (Revelation 20:11 – 15).
Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead is the good news (gospel) that God spoke through His apostle Paul for all the word to hear and by which all that believe will be saved eternally. Do you take God at His word?
Now regarding angels: Some years ago, there was a man in Arabia that supposedly received a message from an angel. More recently, another man in America also supposedly received a message from an angel. “Angelic” revelations are no substitute for the written Word of God.
Galatians 1:8 – 9 — “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
The apostle Paul gave warnings about this very thing many years before these occurrences. Angels are the ministering spirits of the God of heaven and His SON, and a true angel from heaven will not speak otherwise, except HE IS ACCURSED!
- That our Lord Jesus is Israel’s Messiah, or Christ, is not in doubt. But He is first and foremost God’s Christ (Revelation 11:15; 12:20).
- The context of Hebrews 1:3 is the purging of the sins of the Hebrews people, as is stated by Isaiah the prophet in Isaiah 1:18 – 26, but this is a done deed that affects all of the redeemed. 1 John 2:2 — “And He is the propitiation for our [Israel’s] sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” The purging of the sins of the nation of Israel is the central theme of the new covenant made with the house of Israel and of Judah (Jeremiah 31:31 – 34; Romans 11:27), and this new covenant is a central theme of this epistle to the Hebrews.