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words in the same eighth verse: "But now we see
not yet
all things
[the endless universe] put under him [man]." Remember (verse 5),
this is speaking of the "world to come" - not today's world. But
what do we see now, today? "But we see Jesus, who was made a
little lower than the angels [or, "for a little while lower"] for the
suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour." Man, other
than Christ, is
"crowned with glory and honour."
But see how Christ is already crowned with glory and honor.
Continue: "For it became him, for whom are
al/ things
[the entire
universe] and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto
glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through suf–
ferings ... for which cause he [Christ] is not ashamed to call
them brethren" (verses 10-ll).
In other words, Christians having God's Spirit are joint-heirs
with Christ to
all that Christ already has inherited. He is
now in glory! He has already inherited the entire universe. He
it by His power. Man, if he is converted, having God's Holy
Spirit (Rom. 8:9), is now only an
-not yet
a possessor.
But see now how Christ already
has been
crowned with glory
and honor - and is already in possession - has already inherited.
Begin with Hebrews, chapter l:
"God ... hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son,
whom he hath appointed heir of all things [the entire universe], by
whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his
glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding [sus–
taining] all things [the entire universe] by the word of his
power ..." (Heb. l: l-3).
The living Christ already sustains the entire universe by His
limitless divine power. The passage continues to show His superior–
ity over the angels- He is the begotten and born Son ofGod -angels
are merely individually created beings. Angels are now adminis–
tering spirits (invisible to us), ministering to us- to us who are now in
lower status than angels -but who are
of salvation, when we,
like Christ, shall become
Sons of God (Heb. l :4-14).
Outer Space - Planets Now Dead
Now pul this together with what is revealed in the eighth chapter