Evangelical Lutheran Diocese of North America

Wednesday after the Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity Sunday

Posted on September 23, 2020 by Pastor Dulas under Devotions
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Scripture: Hebrews 1:1-14 (NKJV)
1:1 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, 2 has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For to which of the angels did He ever say:
“You are My Son, today I have begotten You”?
And again:
“I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son”?
6 But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says:
“Let all the angels of God worship Him.”
7 And of the angels He says:
“Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire.”
8 But to the Son He says:
“Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.”
10 And:
“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.
11 They will perish, but You remain; And they will all grow old like a garment;
12 Like a cloak You will fold them up, and they will be changed. But You are the same, and Your years will not fail.”
13 But to which of the angels has He ever said:
“Sit at My right hand, till I make Your enemies Your footstool”?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
The writer to the Hebrews starts his Epistle by establishing the authority of Jesus Christ. The Lord has chosen in these last days to speak exclusively through the Word which Jesus brings. He doesn’t point to dreams or visions or out-of-this-world signs. He has given us His Word, inspired by the Holy Spirit and written by His Apostles.
Jesus has been given this authority, as well as authority over angels and heavenly realms. This is not the authority of a simple man, a prophet, or a charismatic moral teacher. This is the type of authority that comes only from God. The writer to the Hebrews makes it very clear: Jesus is God.
He is the God-Man. He took on human flesh to die for our sins and rose from the dead to defeat sin, death, and the devil. He has overcome the world and shown it that He is who he said He was. He is the Word made flesh; the everlasting Son of the Father; true God and true Man. Therefore, let us trust Jesus Christ and hear His Word alone.
Prayer: O Lord, we beseech Thee, let Thy continual pity cleanse and defend Thy Church; and because it cannot continue in safety without Thy help, preserve it evermore by Thy help and goodness; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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