“…for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation…” [A Very Brief Proof of Sovereign Election from Hebrews 1:14]

To which of the angels did God ever say,

“Sit at my right hand
until I make your enemies
a footstool for your feet”?

14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

-Hebrews 1:13-14

To Whom are God’s Angels Sent to Minister

It has often been argued that the conditional nature of salvation can be learned from the epistle to the Hebrews, where the author addresses those who have once tasted the heavenly gifts (cf. Hebrews 6:4-8 & 10:26-31). The problem here, however, is that the author tells us that angels are sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation. This means, in so many words, that they are not sent for the sake of all men, but only some, which presupposes (i.)Sovereign election by grace and (ii.)particular atonement. The contrast here concerns Christ as the One who made “purification for sins” and has “sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high” (v.3), and the angels who serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation. We see this doctrine finds further support when we consider that the concept of inheritance is used in v.4, where it is preceded by the Father’s appointment of the Son to that particular end, to provide purification for sins, and be enthroned on high, etc.

-h.

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2 thoughts on ““…for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation…” [A Very Brief Proof of Sovereign Election from Hebrews 1:14]

  1. Heather says:

    I like to answer the “election” question with

    Isaiah 42:1 Behold My Servant, whom I uphold; My Elect, in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit on Him; He shall bring out judgment to the nations. Jesus is God’s chosen one and those who are with Him are considered elect as well–for His sake. Generally, I avoid trying to debate the “how” of sovereign election of individuals, though.

    Oddly enough, I do have a related discussion on my current post, which was originally meant to emphasize the fact that salvation by grace (as opposed to works) does not dissolve the need for believers to live in a responsible, God-honoring manner. You’re welcome to stop in and offer your perspective.

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