Tuesday, February 23, 2016

These thoughts stem from our morning devotions and I’d like to share them with you here. We read Psalm 8 this morning, and as I began reading I immediately recalled that Psalm 8 was quoted in the New Testament by the writer of Hebrews. Here’s some of the verses I’m referring to:

Heb 2:6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?

Heb 2:7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:

Heb 2:8 Thou hast 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 see not yet all things put under him.

Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Honestly, I find these verses a little difficult in some ways, and anyone who says otherwise maybe hasn’t looked too deeply here. One reason I make that comment is not to be disparaging at all, but because I know that the Book of Hebrews has notoriously been difficult for scholars for many years when you consider the structure and original language. I’m not qualified to speak in depth on any of that, but I will say that I can see the ultimate message in these verses arriving crystal clear at the end. We can see the writer of Hebrews saying that regardless of what the temporary policy may have been, it was not God’s purpose to give angels sovereignty of his moral, organized system. This is something that God has reserved solely for man, as the writer’s quotation of Psalm 8 clearly indicates.

Although man, in this present order begins by being made a little lower than the angels, God’s ultimate purpose is to give him glory and dominion OVER the angels. The “all things” in verse 8 includes angels. Verse 8 also makes the need for salvation clear, because we do not yet see everything as being put in subjection to man. The ultimate purpose has not been realized yet, but God’s plan will not be frustrated.

Verse 9 tells us that God has provided a means for salvation. He has a plan and a purpose to restore man. “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death” IS NOW CROWNED [my emphasis] with glory and honor. The writer is using scriptural phraseology to communicate that the Son of God became incarnate as a man, and assumed man’s position. It was in this act of self-identification with the human race that “by the grace of God” he was enabled to “taste death for every man.” There is to be seen in the person of Jesus Christ a realization of man’s destiny. Christ was a true man. And as a true man, he began like men…by being made a little lower than the angels, but he is now crowned with glory and honor. Therefore God’s purpose for man is fulfilled only in one man, Jesus Christ.

This is a tremendous manifestation of the grace of God showing us that Christ became a man in order to benefit all of mankind. Christ entered into death, in order for us to enter into HIS death. Someone may say, “That’s doesn’t sound too good.” Think about it like this. Christ didn’t die that we might live. Christ died that we might DIE. He LIVED that we might live, but he died that we might DIE. This is very important, because if we have DIED with Christ, we will also be RISEN with Christ. I hope you see the significance here, and I pray this post has been a blessing and encouragement to many.

Love in Christ,

Pastor Vern Hall
The Free Gift Gospel Mission
1025 Maple Street
Kingsport, TN 37601

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