The royalty of man - human nature, restored to its
imperial dignity, is destined to ultimate exaltation
above angelic nature - I Peter 1:3-7, 10-12
It is only “for a little while” that man is to remain
“lower” than they.
(recommend a study on the “little whiles” in the
Bible - shows up in 9 books)
Importance of a concordance!
v. 5 - “the world to come” - how much thought
have you put in that? how much stock
have you invested?
“Lay up for yourselves treasures” - Matt. 6:20
II Peter 3:13
vs. 6-8 - Psalm 8
Man was created in God’s image and invested
with a sovereignty little short of Divine!
(Perhaps to take the place of disposed Satan
and his cronies - thus the devil’s jealousy &
Humanity had a splendid origin! Though temporarily
clothed in a mortal body, our nature did not crawl up
to its present position from “primeval slime” it
belonged from the beginning to the same order of
being as God its Maker! The first man was not
a savage - he was the crown of reason and
conscience and moral freedom.
He was made in “the image of God” and God
is “mindful of him” and “visited him”
God placed in man’s hand the sceptre of
authority over all the world’s creatures.
We have not lived up to this ideal, but Christ
the Exalter of humanity does -
This position was forfeited through sin.
The failure of man to realize this sovereignty -
“what is man that thou are mindful of him?”
The Psalmist considers God’s transcendent
glory and contrasts man’s insignificance and
Man’s appointed position is beyond what he
seems to realize now!
v. 7 - “thou madest him a little short of God”-
“after God’s likeness” - given dominion
v. 8 - We do not now see man occupying
this implied position of complete
“now we see not yet all things subjected
Why? Man’s nature is debased - modern
philosophy which has infiltrated true science,
claims “man’s course is one of upward
development” but that is far from reality - it
has been a course of deterioration from the
golden age of his origin.
The crown has fallen from our head -
witness America’s decline to paganism.
Man uses his freedom to destroy his
innocence! Modern man’s spiritual nature
is in ruins! (and doesn’t know it - compare the ignornace
of Samson in Judges 16:20 - "I will go out as at other times
before, and shake myself. And he wist not that the Lord
had departed from him.") He (modern man) is the
slave of his own evil passions - he feels far
away from God and has lost fellowship with him.
As soon as Adam rebelled against God even
nature began to renounce allegiance to man.
Since the Fall, man has not been able to master
even the material world - how impotent man is
in presence of earthquake, tsunami, disease
and death - Exhibit A - Hurricane Katrina
about a year ago?
The strange apparent contradiction
between man as he is and man as he feels
he should be???
It is only in Christ alone that man attains
his appointed destiny!
v. 9 - human nature has been exalted in
the Person of Christ - “that He by
the grace of God, should taste death
for EVERY MAN”
“because of the suffering of death crowned
with glory and honor”
The whole work of redemption is “of grace”
Man’s re-coronation is in Christ - while on
earth, Jesus exhibited the Divine ideal of
a man - we know what is meant by “in God’s
image” when we behold “Him” - Christ’s
spotless purity and fellowship with God while
He continued on earth “a little lower than the
Christ’s death, burial and resurrection gives
man the power to reach up to that IDEAL!
His blood has power to renew and sanctify
each and every human soul! The benefits
of His death is available to all - “tasted
death for every man”
We can and will partake of “the glory and
honor” with which Christ has been “crowned”!
v. 10 - “to make the Captain of their salvation
perfect through sufferings” - a design
worthy of Him for whom and through
whom are all things!
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is the High
Priest of humanity!
The necessity of His sufferings - Isaiah 53:10-11
Christ’s glory is the recompense which the Father
has given Him for His sufferings - only after
making satisfaction on the cross for human sin
could Jesus ascend to the immeasurable height
of supreme authority, as God-Man, where He
now sits enthroned. (think of the world’s attitude
towards Jesus Christ today) DON’T NEGLECT
SO GREAT A SALVATION by getting led astray
by perverted congressmen, Hollywood or ACLU
It is the purpose of God “to bring many sons
unto glory” but this can only be effected through
Christ as the “Author of salvation” - it is through
Him alone that a sinner, estranged from God, can
be made a “son of God”, exchanging his career
of sin, guilt and enmity towards God for a life of
grace which shall at length be consummated in glory!
CHRIST, GOD’S SERVANT “SHALL JUSTIFY
He shall bring to glory such multitudes of all
nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues,
as to entitle Him to be called with the fullest
emphasis - The Savior of men and the Redeemer
of the world!
Matt. 8:11 Rev. 21:24
v. 11 - The Father sent the Son into the
world to be the Firstborn of many sons!
He also associates Himself with men as
v. 14 - “He also Himself likewise took
part of the same (humanity)”
In like manner - the full spectrum of human
feelings and experiences
“that through death He might destroy him
that had the power of death, that is, the
The object of Christ’s becoming one of us
is said to be that of dying that He might
v. 15 - till redemption man was all his
lifetime in fear of death - its shadow
was cast upon him from birth.
“Christ brought life and immortality to
light” - II Tim. 1:10
Even now, natural man shrinks from death
as the last great evil but Jesus Christ, by
His death, burial and resurrection, has
wrested from the devil his power over
death and has emancipated believers
from their state of bondage.
Christ is not here said to have as yet
abolished death itself; only to have
rendered impotent him that had the
power of it, for natural death still reigns,
though to believers, it has lost its sting.
The Bible teaches that in the end, death
itself will be destroyed.
I Cor. 15:26 Rev. 20:14, 21:4
v. 17 - “a merciful and faithful High Priest
in things pertaining to God, to make
reconciliation for the sins of the people”
He who suffered is the same personage as
mentioned in ch. 1:1-3, the Creator and
Possessor of the universe.
The humanization of God is the divinization
v. 18 - Christ acquired this by becoming man
and enduring all that man faces!
Christ assumed human nature to redeem it!
THANKS BE TO GOD FOR THIS
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to
love one another” - I John 4:11