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DOCTRINE QUESTION 50

QUESTION 50
What does it mean in Hebrews 2:7 and Psalm 8:5, when it speaks of man being crowned with glory and honour?

ANSWER:
These verses are both saying the same thing. Hebrews 2:7 is a quotation of Psalm 8:5, There are those who are trying to teach us that these verses make us somebody special; so much so that God sent His Son to die for us. This is the same psychology being taught in Christian circles; making you think very highly of yourself. This the Bible calls pride. These verses simply mean that God made man as His representative on earth. He was made in the image and glory of God, (1 Corinthians 11.7), and was set in an honourable place as having dominion over the entire earthly creation. This was the original purpose; however we read on in Hebrews 2:8, "...but now we see not all things put under him." Man is a fallen creature. He has lost the crown of glory and honour. Man is seeking to regain that which was lost. "To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour." Romans 2:7. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23). The word "come short" is a word used in other places: "lack, want, destitute, failure." It means that the glory and honour man had is gone. All the saved will have this in the coming kingdom. Notice, in Revelation 21:26, all the saved nations will bring their glory and honour into it. Man was crowned with it to begin with; but lost it in the fall, and will only regain it through redemption. This crown was given to man to be used to glorify God. Redemption alone can restore this through being born again.

Are you born again?

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