The central figure in chapter 1 is the Son of God, who is introduced not by name but rather as Creator of the universe, Redeemer of his people, and King who rules at God’s right hand. The author of Hebrews formulates themes that he develops in the remainder of his epistle.
The Son of God is superior to angels, says the author of Hebrews. He writes not to discredit angels, but to direct attention to the exalted position of the Son. He proves his point by quoting from the Old Testament seven times, chiefly from the Book of Psalms. The author shows that the Son of God is eternal and unchangeable, and rules in royal splendor, seated at God’s right hand. Angels, by contrast, are ministering spirits who are told to serve the elect people of God.