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to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.
1 Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God; and if sons, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ. Now we are the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is; and with open face beholding, as in a glass, the glory of the Lord, shall be changed into the same image, from glory to glory.
* All things are to be counted but loss and dung, that we may win Christ; for to die and to be with Christ is gain.
* Who shall separate us from the love of God? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us: So that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height nor depth,
other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is that great salvation, and this is the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ; of which the prophets enquired and searched diligently; and which was preached unto us by the apostles of Christ, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desired to look into.
11 John iii. 1. Gal. iv. 7. Rom. viii. 17. 1 John iii. 2. 2 Cor. iii. 18. 2 Phil. iii. 8. Phil. i. 21. 23.
3 Rom. viii. 35. 37, 4 Heb. ii. 3. Rom. xv. 29. 1 Pet. i. 10. 12.
| Ask now of the days that are past, which were before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth; and ask from the one side of the heaven to the other, Whether there hath been any such thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it.
Seeing then that all these things were for our sakes, what manner of men ought we to be in all holy conversation and godliness? For if we sin wilfully, after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, and turn away from him that speaketh from heaven, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins; but a certain fearful looking for of judgment, and fiery indignation.
Concerning Angels and Spirits.
3 THERE is an innumerable company of angels in heaven, which excel in strength, and which are greater in power, and might, and wisdom, and goodness, than
men; who in their first estate were made a little lower than the angels.
* This is God's host; the ministers of his that do his pleasure.
These are the holy elect angels, and angels of
1 Deut. iv. 32. 2 2 Pet. iii. 11. 2 Cor. iv. 15. 2 Pet. jji. 11. Heb. x. 26 Heb. xii. 25. Heb. x. 26, 27.
3 Heb. xii. 22, 23. Psal, ciii. 20. 2 Pet. ii. 11. 2 Sam. xiv. 20. 17. 1 Sam. xxix. 9. Psal, viii. 5. 4 Gen. xxxii. 2. l. Psal. ciii. 21.
5 Mark viii. 38. I Tim. v. 21. 2 Cor. xi. 14. Jude 9. Dan, xii. I,
light, which stand round about the throne of God; and Michael the archangel is the great prince among them.
1 In old time God sent his angels unto men to commune with them; to inform them, and show them several matters; to signify to them things which must come to pass; and to testify that such things as had been told them before, were faithful and true.
Sometimes they appeared in a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men,
and in slumberings upon the bed. And sometimes they talked with men face to face: and their appearance was as the appearance of a man, and their voice as a man's voice.
* The children of Israel received the law by the disposition of angels: for it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.
* But in these last days bath God spoken unto us by his Son. And unto the angels hath he not put into subjection the world to come, whereof the Lord, and they that heard him, spake to us. For to which of the angels said he at any time, sit on my righthand, till I make thine enemies thy foot-stool?
On the day that Christ our Saviour was born, there was a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good-will towards men.
• The angel of the Lord encampeth round about
1 Gen. xxxii. 1. Judges xiii. 3. 9. Zech. i. 14. Dan. ix. 22, 23. Rev. i. 1. Rev. xxii, 16. 6.
2 Matt. i. 20. | Job xxxiii. 15. Dan. viii. 18.
Judges vi. 12. 17. 22. Dan. viii. 15, 16. Judges xiii. 6. 3 Acts vii. 37. 53. Gal. ii. 19.
4 Heb. i. 2. 1. Heb. ii. 5. 3. Heb. i. 13.
5 Luke ii. 11. 13, 14. xxxiv. 7. Psal. xci. 11. Gen. xxiv. 20. Gen. xlviii. 16.
them that fear him, and delivereth them. God shall give his angels charge over them, to keep them in all their ways. The Lord, before whom they walk will send his angel with them, and prosper their way, and redeem them from all evil.
1 The angels are all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.
* There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth; and when a good man dieth, he shall be carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom.
Take heed that ye despise not one of those little ones which believe in Christ: for in heaven their angels do always behold the face of their Father which is in heaven.
* The angel of the Lord standeth in the way for an adversary against him that goeth beyond the word of the Lord his God.
5 The Lord sendeth his angels to destroy cities and nations, when he is displeased with them; and to smite him who giveth not God the glory of what he doth.
• At the end of the world, when the Son of Man shall come in the clouds with great power and glory, then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect; and the angels shall come forth, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and they shall sever the wicked from among the just, and shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall
1 Heb. i. 13, 14. 2 Luke xy. 10. Luke xvi. 22.
Matt. xviii. 10. 6. 10. 4 Numb. xxii. 22. 18.
5 Gen. xix. 13. 1. 14. 1 Chron. xxi. 15. 7. 2 Kings xix. 35. Acts xii. 23.
6 Matt. xiii. 49. Mark xiii. 26, 27. Matt. xii. 49. 41. 49, 50
be wailing and gnashing of teeth. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven.
* There are also other angels, which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation.
? And these angels that sinned, God spared not, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto the judgment of the great day.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the world: that accuser of our brethren, which accuseth them before God day and night: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
* The lying spirit in the mouth of the false prophets; the familiar spirits and spirits of divination, which men inquired of that they might make known unto them what they should do; and the evil and unclean spirits, with which men were possessed, and grievously vexed. All these were evil angels or devils.
The things which the Gentiles sacrificed, they sacrificed to devils, and not to God. For they worshipped devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood.
And in the latter times, some shall depart from
1 Jude 6.
| Rev. xii. 9, 10. 9. 8. Rev. xvi. 14.
4 1 Kings xxii. 22. Luke vi. 26. Lev. xix. 31. Acts xvi. 16. Deut. xviii. 10. 1 Sam. xxviii. 7. 15. Luke viii. 2. Mark i. 27. 32. Matt. xv, 22. Mark i. 32.
1 Cor. Rev. ix. 20.
61 Tim. iv. 1.