It was inevitable that somewhere in the infinite stream of eternity God would make creatures in His image. It is the natural fruit of love. Intelligence longs to communicate with intelligence. Angels, as wonderful as they are, are not quite the same as humans. Psalm 8:5 is translated from the Hebrew that man was made lower than the angels, yet the Hebrew word for angels can also be translated Gods. In Hebrews 2:7 we are told that Jesus, by becoming one of us, was then lower than the angels, but could that not mean fallen man is now lower than angels?
The Bible is the story of fall and restoration. I Corinthians 6:3 tells us that we shall someday judge angels. Could that mean we will be restored to our original higher place? I realize at this point I am venturing into areas that can be disputed and I do not enjoy disputing the finer points of Biblical interpretation. So I will just say let’s wait and see what is the truth.
What I do know is God wanted us because of His great love. Nothing is more lasting than love because nothing is more pregnant than love. It is the ultimate state of being. God is love. I John 4. Pierre-Simon Laplace, one of the greatest mathematicians ever, was being consoled on his deathbed with a recital of all his significant accomplishments. He even posited the existence of black holes long before others. He told his consolers that his accomplishments were not that important to which they asked what was important. “Love,” he responded with one of his final breaths.
It was love that conceived us, love that sustains us, love that forgives us, and love that will restore us.
Written by Roger Bothwell on May 11, 2015
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