“And God never said to any of the angels, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.” Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.” Hebrews 1:13-14
An amazing truth from God’s word is that the believer has been elevated to a position that is far superior to the angels. At the time of salvation, we were raised and seated with the Lord Jesus in Heaven. “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:6-7). This is a past tense event. We are raised and seated with Him in Heaven. Our citizenship is in heaven, this is where we are and where we belong. Many of us look to the time when our physical bodies will be reunited, but the reality is that our spirits are united already and we are seated in heaven with Christ Jesus.
Yes, Jesus Christ is superior to angels, but the angels have a job to do in the kingdom of God. Before we move on to chapter 2 in Hebrews, we need to have a short course on angels. Both the Old and the New Testament make clear that angels are creations of God. While they may have distinct privileges and even extraordinary powers, they are by no means divine. Angels reside in the heavenly assembly and are part of the throng worshipping before the throne of God. The Bible indicates that angels are messengers of God and they carry out His purpose. The angels’ function as witnesses of major redemptive-historical events, such as the birth of Christ. They are agents of God’s justice. After the fall, God placed an angel with a flaming sword at the boarder of the garden of Eden to keep Adam and Eve out of the Garden. Angels are very important. In the next few devotions, we are going to dig deeper into angels.