He Died to Save Fallen Man

For verily He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham. – Hebrews 2:16

The literal translation, according to the marginal reading, is, “He took not up angels, but He took up the seed of Abraham,” by which is meant, that Christ did not die to save angels, though many of them needed salvation, but He died to save fallen man…Which of those two beings is the most worth saving? Which is the most valuable creature? Which would serve his Maker most, if his Maker should spare him? And I defy any of you to hold, that a sinful man is a more valuable creature than an angel. Why, if God had looked at profit, speaking after the manner of men, it would be more profitable to Him to save the angel. Could not the restored angel serve Him better than restored man? If I serve God, day after day, yet at night I must rest; but the angels serve day without night in His temple. If my zeal be ever so intense, yet my body must flag; but angels know not weariness; and if saved, I shall make but a poor courtier to stand around His throne, but yon bright fallen seraph would, if he had been delivered, have made a very peer to grace the halls of the Almighty. If I shall ever be carried to heaven, I have no bright angelic honors, and my nature when ennobled, will not surpass what an angel might have been if God has so decreed; but if Satan had been saved, oh! how loudly would he have sung, and with what glory would he have marched through heaven, to the praise and glory of the grace which rescued him from hell! Therefore, if God had in that thought of His own profit, He would sooner have saved angels than have saved men. If Satan had entered heaven, it would have been like a restoration-an old king come back to his ancient throne; but when man goes there, it is like a king going to a new dynasty-a new kingdom; it is man entering into the angel’s place; and for that you know, there must be sanctifying grace and purchasing love. ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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