God’s intention for humanity
And furthermore, it is not angels who will control the future world we are talking about. For in one place the Scriptures say, “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, or a son of man that you should care for him? Yet for a little while you made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them authority over all things.” Now when it says “all things,” it means nothing is left out. But we have not yet seen all things put under their authority. What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone. Hebrews 2:5-9
In Psalm 8, the Psalmist was celebrating the greatness of God. He praises God for the expanse of creation and the worthiness of His name. Then, he raises the question on God’s purpose to humanity. The response was quoted from the text: “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, or a son of man that you should care for him? Yet for a little while you made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them authority over all things.” Notice the amazing position God gave humanity, “you made them a little lower than the angels.” Man is with physical body while angels are not. This is why man is lesser from the angels because of the limitation in movement. Next, the author contemplated on the honor God gave man, “crowned them with glory and honor.” Man and woman in the beginning was set by God in the paradise and He walked with them. Then, imagine the astonishing authority God gave man, “You gave them authority over all things.” Man was given rulership over creation but subjected to the Lordship of God. God’s intention for humanity was great yet it was stalled when sin entered, “we have not yet seen all things put under their authority.” Because of sin man cannot rule over himself let alone others and he was not what God meant humanity to be. Will the ultimate intention of God still be achieved by humanity? The answer is “yes” and it is through Jesus; “What we do see is Jesus.” Because Jesus “suffered death for us,” man’s glorious potential has been restored. The death of Christ at the cross fulfilled the reign of righteousness so that those who will receive God’s amazing grace will be crowned with God in glory. “For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:17). Our response to Christ’s death at the cross provided us the measure of our worth that no longer we are insignificant but through Christ we realize our ultimate purpose.