Better than Angels

You’ll hear people say when attempting to sound spiritual, we’re “appealing to the better angels of our nature.” This poetic phrase was uttered by Abraham Lincoln in his first inaugural address. Biblically, it’s nonsense. One can appeal only to God through Jesus who is higher than the angels, so says the author of Hebrews. The parentheticals below are mine.

3And He (Jesus) is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His (God’s) nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.

Hebrews 1:3-4

Jesus is the “exact representation” of God’s nature, if you care to know. Such a statement these days would be “fact checked” and likely found patently false, since the person of Jesus has been reduced to an historical figure at best or to a vulgar expression of exasperation at the worst. Read Wikipedia.

The writer goes on to describe the status and role of angels, that they are “winds” and “flames of fire” and “ministering spirits” to the saved. Jesus in fact was made a little lower than the angels for the express purpose of rendering Satan powerless and creating for man a route to salvation.

9But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone. 10For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings.

Hebrews 1:9-10

So, we’re not looking for better angels, and they’re certainly not to be found in our better natures! If we appeal to anyone it’s the God of the Universe via his son Jesus. You can’t top that.

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. Been studying the Word for 40 years and counting.
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