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a 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 are we 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 fame Image, from Glory to Glory.
o 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.
cWho shall separate us from the Love of God? Thall 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, nor any other Creature, shall be able to separate us from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
d 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 Chrift, with the Holy Ghoft fent down from Heaven; which things the Angels desire to look into.
• John 3. 1. Gal. 4. 7. Rom. 8. 17. 1 John 3. 2. 2 Cor. 3. 18.
Phil. 3, 8. Phil. 1. 21, 23.
a Heb. 2. 3. Rom. 85.29. 1 Pet. 3, 10, 12.
a 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 fide of the Heaven to the other, Whether there hath been any fuch thing as this great thing is, or hath been heard like it.
6 Seeing then that all these things were for our fakes, what manner of Men ought we to be, in al holy Conversation, and Godlinefs ? For if we fin 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.
Deut. 4. 32.
2 Pet. 3. 11. 2 Cor. 4. 13. 2 Pet. 3. 11, Heb. 10. 26. Heb. 12. 25. Heb. 10. 26, 27.
CHA P. V. Concerning ANGELS and SPIRITS.
Here is an innumerable Company of An
gels 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.
b This is God's Hoft; the Ministers of his, that do his Pleasure.
c These are the Holy, Elect Angels, and Angels of Light, which stand round about the Throne of God; and, Michael, the Arch-angel, is the great Prince among them.
d In old Time, God sent his Angels unto Men, to commune with them; to inform them, and shew them several Matters; to fignify to them, things which must come to pass; and to testify, that such things as had been told them before, were faithful and true.
a Heb. 12. 22, 23. Pf. 103. 20. 2 Pet. 2. II.
2 Sam. 14. 20, 17. I Sam, 29. 9. Pf. 8. s.
b Gen. 32. 2, I. Ps. 103. 21.
• Mar. 8. 38. I Tim. s. 21. 2 Cor. II, 14. Jude 9. Dan. 12. 1. d Gen. 32. I. Judg. 13. 3, 9. Zech. 3. 14. Dan. 9, 22, 23. Rev. 1. I. Rev. 22, 16, 6.
. Sometimes, they appeared in a Dream ; in a Vision of the Night, -when deep Sleep falleth upon Men, and in Slumnbrings 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.
.6 The Children of Israel received the Law by the Difpofition of Angels; for, it was ordained by Angels, in the Hand of a Mediator.
c But, in these last Days, hath 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, speak to us. For, to which of the Angels said he at any time, Sit on my Right Hand, till I make thine Enemies thy Foot-ftool?
d 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.
e 'The Angel of the Lord éncampeth round about 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.
a Mat. i. 20. O Job 33. 15.] Dan. 8. 18. Judg. 6. 12,
b A&s 7. 37, 530 17, 22. Dan. 8. 15, 16. Judg. 13. 6. Gal. 3,19. CHeb. 1. 2, 1,
Heb. 2. 5, 3. Heb. 1. 13. & Luke 2, 11, 13, 14.
PR. 34. 7. Pl. 91. II. Gea, 24. 40. Gen. 48. 16.
a The Angels are all miniftring Spirits, fent forth to minister for them, who shall be Heirs of Salvation.
b There is Joy in the Presence of the Angels of God, over a Sinner that repenteth ; and when a good Man dieth, he shall be carried by the Angels into Abraham's Bosom.
c Take heed, that ye despise not one of those little ones which believe in Chrift: for, in Heaven, their Angels do always behold the Face of 'their Father, which is'in Heaven.
d The Angel of the Lord ftandeth in the way, for an Adverfary, against him that goeth beyond the Word of the Lord his God.
e The Lord sendeth his Angels to destroy Cities and Nations, when he is displeased with them; and to sinite him, who giveth not God the Glory of what he doth.
f At the end of the World, when the Son of Man shall come in the Clouds, with great Power and Glory, then shall he fend 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 jast; and shall cast thein into the Furnace of Fire: there shall be wailing and gnahing of Teeth. But of that Day and Hour know, eth no Man, no not the Angels of Heaven.
a Heb. I. 13, 14.
b Luke Is. 10
Luke 16. 22. c Mat. 18. 10, 6, IO. d Num. 22 i2, 18.
e Gen. 19. 13,' I, 14. i Chr. 21. 15, 7. 2 Kin. 19. 35. Acts 12. 23
Mat, 13: 49. Mar. 13, 26, 27. Mat. 13• 49, 419,49, 50. Mat, 24. 36.