People are like grass and their glory like the flower of the field. Nevertheless, people are so precious that God will appoint them over His handiwork. People are so precious that angels have been sent out to serve those who shall inherit salvation.
God does not give aid to angels; He does not have a plan of salvation for them. When they sinned, He did not think of how to save them. He simply cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment. (2 Peter 2:4)
God’s plan for salvation: He sent His only begotten Son
God doesn’t deal like this with people. He doesn’t give up on them. He does not want any sinner’s death, but He has a plan of salvation for them. They are so precious that He sent His own, only begotten Son as a human being who partook of fleshSin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful tendencies that dwell in all people as a result of the fall into sin and disobedience in the garden of Eden. This... More and blood just like the children and was found in appearance as a man. (Hebrews 2:14 and Philippians 2:8)
Jesus consecrated a new and living way for us into the Holiest, and He is our forerunner. He learned obedience by the things He suffered. He is the author and finisher of our faith and the captain of our salvation. He sanctifies, and we are sanctified. We are all of one, and He is not ashamed to call us brethrenThe “brothers” and “sisters” are those who are a part of the church of Christ. (Matthew 23:8; Matthew 12:50; Hebrews 2:10-18)... More. We are so precious to Jesus once we come under His care that it will be an honor for Him to meet His Father surrounded by us as brethren. (Hebrews 2:10-12)
When people sinned, they were far too precious to be treated like the angels were treated. On the contrary! When death came because of people, God had a plan of salvation ready right away. He let His Son be born into mankind so that He became the Son of Man; He became the last Adam. The first Adam went the way of disobedience leading to death for all of mankind. However, the last Adam went the way of obedience leading to life for mankind. Therefore the resurrection of the dead is also by a Man. (1 Corinthians 15:20-21) He is the firstborn from the dead. (Revelation 1:5) Now it is up to us whom we will follow.
Called to be conformed to Christ
We are so precious that even if we have fallen ever so deeply in sinSin is anything that goes against God’s will and His laws. To commit sin is to transgress or disobey these laws. The lust to sin dwells in human nature. In other words, it is contaminated and motivated by the sinful tendencies that dwell in all people as a result of the fall into sin and disobedience in the garden of Eden. This... More, salvation in Christ can make us to be kings and priests together with Him. The saints will judge the world and even the angels. (1 Corinthians 6:2-3, 9-11)
Since salvation in Christ is so great and God has such plans with us, how base and evil it is of us to be enslaved by our lustsThe desires that we experience that go against God’s will. In other words, a desire for anything sinful. See James 1:14. Also called “sin in the flesh.” Although the expression “youthful lusts” is often thought of in connection with sinful sexual desires, lusts include anything that go against what is good and right in God’s eyes. (2 Timothy 2:22.; Galatians... More
and suffer from anxiety because of earthlyRefers to everything of this earth, as opposed to heavenly things. Example: Earthly treasures/heavenly treasures. The earthly things pass away (are temporal), but the heavenly things are eternal. (Matthew 6:19-21; Colossians 3:2; 1 John 2:17)... More
, perishable things! How base it is to go around offended, discouraged, living in fornication and unrighteousness!
We have been called to be conformed to Christ so that He will be the firstborn among many brethren. He has counted all the hairs on our head, and we know that all things are for our good. How base it is then to go around murmuring, dissatisfied, and complaining! (Romans 8:28-29)
Therefore: Wake up to seriousness and be conscious of your exalted state!
Adapted from the article “What Is Man?” first published in the BCC Periodical “Skjulte Skatter” (“Hidden Treasures”), July 1957
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