The More Excellent Name – Hebrews 1:4-2:4

Jesus has inherited a more excellent name than all others

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  • Higher than the prophets (Hebrews 1:1-3)
  • Higher than the Angels (Hebrews 1:4)
    • Hebrews 1:5-6 The Son of God
      • Begotten of God as the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:17-20)
      • Worthy of Worship
    • Hebrews 1:7-9
      • The name God
      • Anointed (Acts 10:38) with the Holy Spirit and Power
        • The day of Jesus’s anointing Mark 1:9-11
        • Fulfilling Isaiah 61:1-3
      • Prophet, Priest, and King
        • Prophets were anointed: 1 Kings 19:16
        • Priests were anointed: Exodus 28:41
        • Kings were anointed: 1 Samuel 10:1
    • Hebrews 1:10-14
      • Creator over all things
      • Eternal
  • The Way, The Truth, The Life: Scripture speaks of His coming (John 5:39-47)
    • Those who come under their own name and authority or another name vs. the Christ
      • Like Martin Luther who said, “I pray you leave my name alone. Do not call yourselves Lutherans, but Christians.”
      • John Wesley a Methodist preacher: “I wish the name Methodist might never be mentioned again, but lost in eternal oblivion.”
      • Charles Spurgeon a baptist preacher once said, “I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist, I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist, but if I am asked what is my creed, I reply, ‘It is Jesus Christ.’ ”
        • “I say of the Baptist name, let it perish, but let Christ’s name last forever. I look forward with pleasure to the day when there will not be a Baptist living.”
      • Albert Barnes a Presbyterian preacher said this, “These divisions should be merged into the holy name Christian.”
      • Henry Ward Beecher said, “Let me speak in the language of heaven and call you Christians.”
      • The Apostle Paul spoke of it in 1 Corinthians 1:12-13
      • Jesus spoke to our unity in John 15:1-11
  • We must pay closer attention to Him: 2:1-4
    • Lest we receive the just penalty for our sin (Romans 1:28-32, 6:20, 21-23)
    • How are we set free from sin? (Romans 5:1-2, 6-11, 6:1-2, 3-4, 5-7)