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;"