Lower than Angels?
Author: Esther Agbi
Heb. 2:7 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honour, and did set him over the works of your hands.
Many people have read this Scripture that says God made man a little lower than Angels.
There is another reference to Angels in Heb. 1:14 “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent
forth to minister to them who shall be heirs of salvation? Taking a closer look at both passages of Scripture, one draws the conclusion that they are both inspired words so they are true. Angels are made to minister to those who have been bought with a price, the precious price of the blood of Jesus. Juxtaposing these Scriptures with Gen. 1:27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The question that borders the mind then is; If God made man in His image, man should not be in any way lower than angels! .Angels were not made in the Image of God. They were just created by Him for a purpose; one of the purposes is to minister to the saints. How then is Man lower than Angels? Servants are servants, serving the master. The servant does not occupy the same position as his Master in any respect. Jesus Himself testifies in John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. The Redeemed man has been elevated to be friends with Jesus and even co-heirs, and also to be seated in heavenly places with Him.
We know that Jesus who is God Himself came down to earth in the form of man, but
Heb. 2:9 clearly explains that Jesus was also made lower than the angels temporarily. Why? For the purpose of death! Angels are spirit beings and spirits don’t die. They are immortal beings, living from everlasting to everlasting. So for the purpose of death, man is made lower than angels. Man must die before he can be transformed to an immortal being, except the case of rapture where the living who are in Christ are changed to immortality without passing through death.
This shows how Christians are so special in the sight of God and also crowned with glory and honour. Isn’t that wonderful!
- Oh Lord, help me to see myself the way you see me, wonderfully and beautifully made!
- Oh Lord, help me to live life that would bring others to Christ.