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The worship of the angels in the heavenly throne room is astounding (Revelation 4). He who sits on the throne is there. From His throne all that has been and is and will be is set. The living creatures, the twenty-four elders, and the myriad of the heavenly host praise God.

The angels are in God’s presence, they know and sing about and do His will. But, there was a time when they were curious about something that wasn’t obvious. They knew God was worthy to be praised for His glory, His honor, His power, but they didn’t get His grace, His suffering, and His salvation.

Concerning this salvation, the prophets prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you by the Holy Spirit sent form heaven, things into which angels long to look. (1 Peter 1:10-12, ESV)

The heavenly beings will also praise God for His Redeemer, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world (Revelation 5). But grace is something they know from watching, not something they know from tasting. Jesus did not take on “angel flesh,” He took on a human body and blood so that we could be saved. He purchased our salvation. He will bring us to the throne at the appointed not only to be seen by the angels, but to judge them (1 Corinthians 6:3).

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Even though He offers them no redemption, God is, perhaps surprisingly to us, interested in teaching the angels.

For much of the Old Testament, prophets searched and inquired their own prophecies about the grace that would come through the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. All of this good news, which Peter said had been preached to his elect readers, were “things into which angels long to look” (1 Peter 1:10-12).

On the cross Jesus died for those who were dead in their trespasses. He canceled “the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” This is Christ’s work for us. But in doing so He also “disarmed the rulers and authorities, and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them” (Colossians 2:13-15). At the cross God taught the angels a lesson.

There is another lesson still going on. God is bringing to light for everyone what is the mystery of His plan. This “God who created all things” continues working “so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in heavenly places” (Ephesians 3:9-10). Angels learn lessons as God builds His church.

This demonstrating work goes all the way back to Eden. God told the dragon, “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed,” and you are going to lose. We usually don’t describe God’s revelation as “smack talk,” but this is divine insult to the serpent. The woman’s seed wins.

For generations God has been talking this way to rebel angels and He continues to make His point by uniting the church in the Dragon-Slayer, our Savior, Jesus Christ.

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