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Higher, and a Little Lower Than the Angels

Be Strong, Be Well — Friday, August 28

It is impossible for the human mind to fully comprehend the wonders of Deity. Think of the concepts found in the next two passages of scripture.

Jesus Christ is described as the One to whom God “appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they” (Hebrews 1:2-4).

After we try to wrap our head around this, we read, “But one testified in a certain place, saying: "What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet." For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:6-9).

Now we have the One who is superior to the angels, because He is God, becoming that which is a little lower than the angels (human), so He could die for all of those made a little lower than the angels.

When humanity, made in the image of God and a little lower than angels, failed in the role God intended for him to have, Deity came in human form (a little lower than the angels), to do the job.

Now, Jesus Christ, our Lord and brother (Romans 8:29), and fellow human, forever identifies with us (1 Timothy 2:5). He is our Savior and our King, crowned with glory and honor.

Paul reminds us to “...keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ's appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen” (1 Timothy 6:14-16).

It may be impossible for us to fully comprehend the wonders of Deity, but we can understand the command to be faithful to God's will, in the hope of someday being in the presence of this great One who is, and always has been, superior to the angels. —Chris

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