The Banner Of Truth 2014
Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4 )

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear Thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth" (Ps. 60:4).
The Divine Investment in Humanity
By Al Stoner


“For unto the angels hath He not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak” (Heb. 2:5). Truly “He took not on Him the nature of angels; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham” (2:16). “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:14). And it is in view of such considerations as these, that the question is asked: “What is man, that Thou are mindful of him?” (Ps. 8:4; Heb. 2:6).
For unto the Angels. We have mentioned elsewhere in this month’s issue the importance of the connecting words (for, therefore, etc.) in Hebrews so that we may fully comprehend the argument being so forcefully made here by the Apostle. The matter of the world to come and the ones to whom it shall be insubjection comes right on the heels of the very solemn warning notto neglect “so great salvation” (cf. Heb. 2:1-2).
The Investment of Reference. From this perspective men must see, [and then give themselves to the work of making “all men see” (cf. Eph. 3:9)], that in salvation God is doing much, much more than merely showing men favor (that is, pleasing men, even believing men). The LORD Jehovah is presently implementing an eternal purpose (cf. Eph. 3:11) through His beloved Son, being charted out by Himself from ages past.
That purpose is certainly a gracious one, but it involves the investment of His own Person in the race of men, and it extends far into ages which are yet to come (cf. Eph. 2:7). Those whom He has created in His own image are at the very heart of the Divine intent! Thus, for men to live in ignorement of that purposed objective, by neglecting so great salvation, is to invite harm to their own persons of unfathomable measure and proportions.
Men may rest assured that God is expecting great returns on His investment!  When “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn. 1:14), and (in the words of Hebrews) when the Savior became a partaker of flesh and blood (Heb. 2:14), God was making an investment in our race of immeasurable proportions. The consideration of these things must be the driving force of our entire beings, ever stirring us up and spurring us on to lay hold of the hope which is “laid up for” us “in Heaven” (Col. 1:5).
As we consider the wonderful thought of Emmanuel (God with us) (Mt. 1:23), let us properly judge that He is now near to us for the purpose of eternally taking hold of us, and we of Him!  “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (II Cor. 6:2). Let us see that we do not “frustrate” (Gal. 2:21) His purpose for ourselves through “unbelief and hardness of heart” (Mk. 16:14; cf. Heb. 3:12, 19; 4:6, 11). Now is the time of our being readied for rule and dominion. God’s present nearness to our race, through the enfleshment of His beloved Son, is for the purpose of preparing us for rulership in the world to come. This is the message of Hebrews chapter 2.
But We See Jesus.As redeemed men and women, we have been predestined to reign in the world to come. But when considering our present state of humiliation because of sin, it often seems that a glorious destiny of rulership is far beyond the pale of our sinfully blighted and benighted condition (cf. Phil 3:21).
We have indeed been created to rule and reign, but now it is quite evident that all things are not yet (Heb. 2:8) made subject to us. Every day we are beset with troubles within and without, that often appear to contradict, and even mock, the thought of our coming to the dominion that we have been predestined for.
We, that are in Christ, have been “forgiven” “all trespasses” (Col. 2:13), but we still have “the sin which” does “so easily beset us” (Heb. 12:1) to contend with daily.  “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Heb. 2:9). “The Man Christ Jesus” (I Tim. 2:5) is now set down in the place of rulership at the right hand of God, and He is one of us. “God” has “highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name” (Phil. 2:9-11). And He it is who has “put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Heb. 9:26)!
In Conclusion. Let us, therefore, devote ourselves earnestly to the “great salvation,” and, by so doing, we shall be preparing ourselves to take charge of our appointed dominion in the world to come. And let us not permit our sins, nor the defilement of conscience, to hinder us from coming to God (cf. Heb. 4:16) nor from advancing on to spiritual maturity in Christ (cf. 6:1, NASB), for our elder Brother (cf. Rom. 8:29) has paid the due penalty for all iniquities (cf. Tit. 2:14). Thus in conclusion, let us ever respond earnestly and diligently to the great investment which God, in Christ, has made in our race. --Editor


"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;  and ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately" (Lk. 12:35-36).