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The Founder of Salvation on the Throne

Hebrews 2:5-9


The passage today begins with Daniel 10 to describe the angels. Daniel 10 records a conversation between Daniel and an angel. It is written that while the angel was on its way to send a message to Daniel, the Prince of Persia withstood the angel for 21 days. However, Michael helped the angel so that it could leave and send the message to Daniel (Daniel 10:13). After the angel delivered the message to Daniel, it returned to fight the Prince of Persia once again, and it was prophesied that when the angel left, the Prince of Greece would come (Daniel 10:20). After this conversation, the Persian empire fell, and Greece became the next great empire.



These passages in Daniel 10 describes the angels. Angels were created to be God’s servants and they were given power and responsibilities. However, some angels rebelled against God and they fell. God cast the fallen angels out of His presence, but they retained remnants of their power to enslave man through fear and temptation. Fallen angels tempted Adam and Eve to sin and continue to strike fear and temptation in the hearts of man.


However, aside from fallen angels, there are also faithful angels that have been waging wars against their fallen counterparts in the heavenly places and according to Daniel 10, their battles affect the events that occur on earth.


These angels help us understand a fundamental truth about reality. People who do unimaginably cruel things in this world are tempted by fallen angels so that they are enslaved by their own wicked desires. The Bible tells us that we are fighting a spiritual warfare as the people of God alongside the angels of God against the princes and rulers of this world (Ephesians 6:10-12).


In this world, the angels are more powerful and influential than us. They also hold beautiful titles such as princes and chief princes. However, God never told any of these angels “sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” (Hebrews 1:13). The Son of God whom the prophets have been desperately waiting for, the one who will be crowned with honor and glory far beyond the angels, has finally come to sit on the empty throne. Verse 6 is a quote from Psalm 8 that describes God’s love for mankind. This Psalm highlights that even though the angels are significantly more powerful than humans, God chose humans to be the crown of creation.


The Son of God whom the prophets have been desperately waiting for, the one who will be crowned with honor and glory far beyond the angels, has finally come to sit on the empty throne.

Two things can be learnt from this:

  1. God crowned us with glory and honor even though we were created lower than the angels. Our dignity does not depend on our strength, abilities or qualities in comparison to others. It is based on how God sees us. God determines that man should be the crown of creation and angels should be servants of man in the new world to come.


  1. Our calling as humans. God has put everything in subjection under our feet (Psalm 8:6). He made us and crowned us so that we may rule the world on His behalf. We are made for a purpose and our dignity is tied to our purpose. Our value and dignity is apparent when we fulfill the purpose for which we were made. It is not enough to be smart and receive recognition in a university, it must be used for God. There is no place in Christian life for selfish ambitions. If our value is not used for the purpose we were made for, we will experience great emptiness and frustration in life.


There is no place in Christian life for selfish ambitions. If our value is not used for the purpose we were made for, we will experience great emptiness and frustration in life.


We are given responsibilities that match our given strengths. If we are made as man, we are expected to live for God as man and not as angels. Similarly, we do not have to compare ourselves to others; we just need to know where we are today and continue to move on trusting in God and relying on His strength.


After Adam and Eve fell into sin, humans were not able to rule the world in justice and love. However, Christ came to rule perfectly. He has come to take the throne of creation to rule over the world once again with justice and love. God will put everything under His feet and the world will be perfect when Jesus Christ is the sole sovereign ruler of all things.


Most people would agree that a perfect world would require a perfect government with a perfect system. But the core problem of evil is not the system – it is the people. It is sin. A perfect world needs a perfect government ruled by a perfect king. However, a perfect kingdom needs more than a perfect king. A kingdom will not be perfect if the perfect king ruled terrible citizens. In other words, a perfect world is a world without evil and suffering. As long as evil exists, the world will never be perfect. This is why a perfect world can only be built by Jesus Christ, because only Christ can solve the problem of sin and evil. He is a king that can perfect His citizens by giving us a new life through His suffering and death for those who belong to Him (verse 9). This new kingdom has not yet manifested perfectly, but all things will be perfected when Jesus Christ comes again for the second time.


As long as evil exists, the world will never be perfect. This is why a perfect world can only be built by Jesus Christ, because only Christ can solve the problem of sin and evil.

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