By The Grace of God
“For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come, of which we are speaking. It has been testified somewhere, ‘What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? You made him a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet.’ Now in putting everything in subjection to Him, He left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not yet see everything in subjection to him. But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.”
This passage begins repeating the kind of arguments made in chapter one, showing Christs’ superiority to angels. You remember, in chapter one the writer essentially said – what was said about Christ in prophecy, was not about angels. Christs’ relationship to the Father is unique and exalted above angel status.
That same kind of argument is made here, but in this section – an important question is answered. If Christ is inherently superior to angels, why did the Father send him to earth in the flesh, making Him a little lower than the angels. The answer is – that Christ, by the grace of God might taste of death for every man, and having suffered – he crowned with glory and honor.
Now, the cause of this is identified and should not be missed. The grace of God. Jesus was “made lower than the angels,” to suffer death for us – and this was caused by, motivated by and perfectly exhibits “the grace of God.”
May each of us take this to heart, pay close attention and accept the gift of God’s grace – by obeying the gospel and living as a disciple of Christ.