Did not Jesus have a "better name" than angels before?
Yes, Jesus always had a "better name"than angels before, because he was the beginning of God's creation-God's only begotten son (Rev. 3:14) and was created to have the reflection of God's glory.(Heb.1:3)
Revelation 3:14 (NASB)
Beginning of the creation of God.
14 “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The Amen, the
faithful and true Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God, says
Hebrews 1:3 NRSV
Reflection of God’s glory
3 "He is the reflection of God’s glory and the exact imprint of God’s
very being, and he sustains[b] all things by his powerful word. When
he had made purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of
the Majesty on high."
What does "obtained" mean ? What does "by inheritance" signify ?
Most translations translate the verse as follows:
Hebrews 1:4 (NASB)
4 "Having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a
more excellent name than they."
So what was the "more excellent name" He inherited?
For the "more excellent name" or "authority bestowed to Jesus" we read:
Philippians 2:9-10 (NASB)
9 "For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him
the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under
This is something Jesus did not posses before coming to earth, and this was because, He humbled himself , became a human being-flesh ( John 1:14) and by being obedient to the end and giving his life for the redemption of our sins , God exalted Him to a higher position.
Angels and authorities and powers are subjected to him.
1 Peter 3:22 (NASB)
22" Who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, after
angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him."
Granted the gift of immortality.
From Paul's inspired words ,(Rom. 6:9 below) we read that Jesus was granted the gift of immortality,something he did not possess before his resurrection: (read also 1 Timothy 6:15-16)
Romans 6:9 (NASB)
9" Knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to
die again; death no longer is master over Him."
Revelation 1:17-18 (NRSV)
17 "When I (John)saw him (Jesus), I fell at his feet as though dead.
But he placed his right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am
the first and the last, 18 and the living one. I was dead, and see, I
am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades."
God says "My Son thou art" and the "angels are messengers/ servants."
Hebrews 1:5-6 YLT
5 "For to which of the messengers said He ever,
My Son thou art -- I
to-day have begotten thee?' and again,I will be to him for a father,
and he shall be to Me for a son?' 6 and when again He may bring in the
first-born to the world, He saith, `And let them bow before him -- all
messengers of God;"
In response to comments by Michael May and Walter Smetana I add the following.
Throughout the Scriptures God is identified as the Creator. He is “the Creator of the heavens, . . . the Former of the earth and the Maker of it.” Isaiah wrote:
Isaiah 45:18 (NASB)
18 "For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is the God who
formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it
[a]a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited), Compare Amos 4:13;"
Amos 4:13 (YLT)
13 "For, lo, the former of mountains, and creator of wind, And the
declarer to man what [is] His thought, He is making dawn obscurity,
And is treading on high places of earth, Jehovah, God of Hosts,
[is] His name!"
Not a co-Creator. The Son’s share in the creative works, however, did not make him a co-Creator with his Father. The power for creation came from God through his holy spirit,
Genesis 1:1-2 (NASB)
1 "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth
was [a]formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the
deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the
Psalm 33:6 (YLT)
6 By the word of Jehovah The heavens have been made, And by the breath
of His mouth all their host". (the footnotes of the NET Bible also give
"spirit" for breath)
Psalm 33:6 (NASB)
6 "By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And by the breath of
His mouth all their host."
And since God is the Source of all life, all animate creation, visible and invisible, owes its life to him.
Psalm 36:9 (NASB)
9 "For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light."
Rather than a co-Creator, then, the Son was the agent or instrumentality through whom God, the Creator, worked. Jesus himself credited God with the creation, as do all the Scriptures. Matthew 19:4-6.(NASB)
We are here because of God's will and not Jesus
It is because of God’s will that all things “existed and were
created.” (Rev. 4:11) God, who has existed for all time, was alone
before creation had a beginning. Psalm 90:1, 2; 1Tim. 1:17.
Other verse which identify God as the Creator: Genesis 1:1, John 1:3-5, Isaiah 45:18, Amos 4:13, Romans 1:25, 1 Peter 4:19, Revelation 4:11, 10:6, Acts 4:24, 14:15, 17:24