13 “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” (Luke 2:13-14)
As of yet, we do not know how the shepherds responded to the angel’s declaration. We’ll see that later on in Luke 2. However, in today’s text we do witness the angelic response to the angelic announcement.
Upon completing the revelation from God concerning the birth of Christ, there immediately appeared with the angel a large number of other angels. An army of angels, if you will. Their appearance coincided with their singular praising of God and God alone.
In their praise they continually said, ““Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” It should be noted that the text does not say they sang but their words resound with the pure and holy praise for God. Let’s examine their statement in detail.
Glory (δόξα; doxa) means to attribute to God praise, splendor for His amazing might. God is the object of this praise.
In the highest (ὕψιστος; hypsistos) refers to God as the most High God. God is a world above the earth. He is from heaven on high.
And on earth (γῆ; ge) means this world of fallen and sinful people God has brought peace (εἰρήνη; eirene) tranquility and a freedom from worry. This is accomplished by the birth and incarnation of the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6).
Who are the specific ones who will receive this peace? It is among those with whom he is pleased! This is a statement in reference to the gracious of God. God’s peace of justification (Romans 5:1) is a gracious gift to those who are the objects of his pleasure (Ephesians 1:3-11).
Dr. R. C. Sproul explains that, “As God receives glory in the highest heaven where He resides, so the objects of His grace receive peace on earth.”
As a child of God, do you recognize that you are an object of God’s grace and peace? If so, take time today to worship and thank the Lord for His wonderful gifts.
May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.
Soli deo Gloria!