In that verse John was still a human. All that Jesus said was John, as he was now on earth, was less than one who was least in the kingdom of the heavens. That could easily mean that humans are made "a little lower than the angels". So, when John was a human, he was less than one who was the least in the kingdom of the heavens.
The fact that John was human is not a factor and does not help you. The verses you refer to are these and the expression angels that was used by Jews to refer to the prophets of old and was a sacred term for them. Hebrews after all deals with their symbols of spirituality. Spirit beings are not under discussion when it says:
Heb 2:7 Thou madest him a
littlelower than the angels ; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:
Heb 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a
littlelower 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.
One needs only to read Hebrews 1 where the context is first established which reads:
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; It is such fathers the prophets of times past that the Son now superceeded. It is such fathers the prophets that Hebrews knew very well that are now respectfully called angels: 4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. And just who were they? Moses, Abraham, David and the like. Hebrew history and spirituality is what Hebrews was all about and redemption was also to be by a Hebrew human being. Spirit creatures called angels did not create the earth. God did that alone. And the Son created humanity not angels as if many were involved so the verses to not apply that way. It is of such Hebrews angel prophets that the Hebrews looked towards for salvation that the verse says: 5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And it was of such Hebrew angels that the verse teaches: 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And it now asks this of us as well. And of the Hebrew angels who we still highly respect he said, 7 Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But while still on the subject of such human beings the verse says this of the Human Son: 8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. O God. Our God and our King and savior as well as theirs, yes, this is the way the Jews spoke and the way they used words. The word angels simply means messengers which such prophets of old were and could have been translated as such. Yes, such angels were Hebrews to which this letter was written. That is why the next verse says: 9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Spirit beings? No, a fellow human being the Christ a member of the Hebrew race is now under discussion. Now what about the next verse you used?
In Phil. 2:5-9, it is said that Christ "emptied himself and took a slave's form and came to be in the likeness of men." At that point, he was lower than the angels also, but was later crowned with glory on his return to heaven.
But here the verse does not say "he was lower than the angels" You did that yourself! It simply says he took a slave's form and came to be in the likeness of men. Why? So that Christ could be higher than spirit beings? So that spirit creatures can bow to Him? No! The scriptures clearly teach us that: 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Humans all. Are Spirit beings under the earth? No! Are not the rulers of the earth spoken of as things in Heaven? Yes! See Col 1:15. The verses deal with humanity in all its forms living and dead. It deals with our Salvation not spirit creatures.
Choosing life then said: So this verse could easily be a comparison to the glory of humans as compared to the glory of spirit creatures.
No they cannot. Spirit creatures do not gain Salvation as described and the verses do not apply to them. The earth is the domain of Man and this is where this will all take place. No one goes to a place called heaven, Besides being another way to identify God for Jews (kingdom of the heavens, or kingdom of God means the same thing) the word heaven also is used for authority, power human or otherwise as well as God's home.