It seems when God created Adam (man) he created him a little lower than himself. The KJV version of Psalm 8:5 tells us God created man a little lower than the angels, but in the NASB it says, “Yet you have made him a little lower than God, and you crown him with glory and majesty!” I’m not writing this to argue over words or translations, but I wanted you to see this in order to lay the ground work for what I am sharing. The word “Elohim” or “Heavenly being” is translated angels in the KJV and in the NASB it is God. This word is the same word used in Genesis when it says, “God (Elohim) said let’s make man in our image.” For now I’m going with the “lower than God” translation because I think it plays out in the Bible to make more sense this way.
Apparently God created man with a little something lacking in him. Something was missing from man and that is what made him a little lower. Romans 3:23 is a well known verse to most Bible readers it says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” KJV. I checked the definition of this term “come short” and it means, among other things, “to be inferior or deficient.” It’s as if God created Adam (man) with something left out or deficient. I don’t mean he wasn’t all God wanted him to be; I mean God was leaving out something and that something he was leaving for Adam to choose for himself.
You remember Adam was placed in a garden where he would have to decide whether he would obey God or go his own way. Of course we know how that turned out, but there is something I want you to think about here. What if Adam’s missing peace was the Holy Spirit and that is what the Tree of Life was all about? If Adam would have eaten of it he would have had life everlasting, Christ in him the hope of glory. God created us (man) to contain his Spirit but we were going to have to make a choice to receive him.
Adam, as you know, did sin but after that we read he and Eve had two children named Cain and Abel. As early as Genesis 5 they have yet another child and his name was Seth. I want you to notice what the Bible says about Seth in Genesis 5:3 “When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years; he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.” After Adams’ sin his children were no longer in the image of God they were in Adams’ image and likeness. The image of God had become corrupted in mankind. The likeness of God was no longer there, but thankfully God wasn’t finished yet. This I believe is how man found himself “a little lower than the angels.” When sin entered we fell and that is why Jesus temporarily had to lower himself to a position “a little lower than the angels.” This is how far God was willing to go in order to save us.
As we move on into the New Testament we discover Jesus “is the image of the invisible God…in him all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form.” Jesus, God in the flesh, was and is all that God intended for mankind to be. Gods plan was to make man in his image, and Jesus is the exact representation of what God wanted man to be. Seeing then how the fall of man damaged the image of God in us there is only one way to restore it. The complete restoration of man only comes by Christ himself, by way of the Holy Spirit, taking up residence within man. This is why we must be Born Again. We have to have the Spirit of God within in order to regain our position. The good news is once we have been born again not only do we return to the place we were, “a little lower than God”, we are told in Ephesians that we have been “raised up and seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” According to the Word, Jesus Christ is sitting at “the right hand of God in heavenly places.” Seeing how we were in Adam when he sinned now because of what Christ has done we share in his exaltation. After all, it is only the Spirit of God that enables us to be in such an exalted position in the first place. So you see being born again is the means by which God fills in our missing piece. We are no longer deficient, in fact, we are more than conquerors in Christ and we have been blessed “with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ.”
Written by Louie