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The angels and Godís Son

Hebrews 1:4

One of the Bibleís names for God is the ĎLORD of hostsí. The word ĎLORDí translates Godís most holy name. The word Ďhostsí means armies. And that includes in particular Godís vast army of angels.

The angels are Godís special servants who work for him in heaven. They guard sacred things (Genesis 3:24). They fight battles (Daniel 10:13). They bring messages from God (Luke 1:26). They help Godís people (Acts 12:7).

There are more angels that anyone can count (Hebrews 12:22). Like other armies, there are different ranks in Godís army of angels. The Bible mentions cherubim (Psalm 99:1) and seraphim (Isaiah 6:2) in particular.

Some angels are called archangels, which means Ďchief angelsí (Jude 9). Those angels have especially great honour and importance. But none of them is as great as Godís Son. None of them has a name like the name of ĎJesusí.

God the Father has declared that all must give honour to the name of Jesus. That includes every person, every angel, and every spirit. It does not matter whether they are in heaven, on the earth, or even in hell. Everyone must declare that Jesus is God. And when they do that, it gives honour to God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).

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