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December 8, 2009 / beidson

Inheritance Over Halo: Why It is Better to be a Son than an Angel

We like to speak in angelic terms when talking about people who are exceptionally good: “Isn’t she an angel” or “he looked like an angel.”  But really, that isn’t saying much at all.  It would be better to be called a son.  As the Scriptures ask, “to which of the angels did God ever say, ‘You are my Son, today I have begotten you?'” (Hebrews 1:5).  None.  Not one.  It is better to be a son.

And why?  Because the Father says to the Son, “God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions” (v. 9).  Do the angels know this joy?  And the Scriptures ask again, “to which of the angels has he ever said, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet?'” (v. 13).  Only the Son will crush his enemies underfoot.  The angels may be in God’s presence, but the Son receives his Father’s inheritance: exaltation.

But sonship is not just for Jesus.  Christ has made a way for all sinners to get back to the Father, even us, who have squandered our inheritance.  And we are not just welcomed back as sons, we are given a place at the table with the Father.  “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are” (1 John 3:1).  We are sons and daughters of God in Christ; by his blood we are given a sonship, that is, a right to the inheritance.  And what is that?  To be exalted with Christ, that is, to rule with him as small kings and queens.  In Jesus the Son of God, we become heirs of eternal salvation and gain the power to overcome our enemies.  We are set free from the prisons of our past and given passage into the New Jerusalem, the paradise of God.  To which angel has God ever granted these things?

It might be better to get away from angelic labels, since all they have is halos.  I’d rather have an inheritance.  As for angels: “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?” (v. 14).

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