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Antw. As for the Wicked, it cannot be supposed, that the good Angels are for their Company.
But that those who are truly pious, have every one his Angel always with him, is very probable, not only from all those Places beforementioned, where we find Angels still ministring to the Saints in all Ages, as, Abraham, Lot, Facob, Moses, Joshua, Elijah, Cornelius, St. Peter, St. John, &c. but more especially from Afts xii. 15. Matthew xviii. Io.
Hoc esse maximum existimo Beneficium, quod ab Ortu Nativitatis meæ Angelum Pacis ad me custodiendum usque ad finem meum dedit mihi Dominus, August.
1. Hence see how much Kindness and ReSpect God hath for his People, so as to send his Angels to attend them.
2. Let us learn to imitate the Angels in praising God. In doing his Will, Psal. ciii
. 20, 21. Though it be by ministring to our Inferiors.
3. Let us strive to get to Heaven, that we may be like them, Luke xx. 36.
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first Estate, but left their own Habi-
OME of the Angels fell from their first
Estate, 2 Pet, ii. 4. Fobn viii. 44. Job iv. 18.
I. What caused their Fall ?
Sin be sure : And as it is generally thought, Pride. For
1. This is the Sin they tempted Man to, Gen.
2. He is still proud; as appears from the Wor
ship he hath tempted Men to give to him; yea, he would have had Christ to have worshipped him, Matt. iv. 8, 9, contrary to the Temper of the good Angels, Apoc. xix.
10. cap. xxii. 8, 9. 3. The spiritual and most excellent Nature of
the Angels was more capable of, and liable to, this, than any other Sin; wlience the
Proud are said to fall into the Condemna. I tion of the Devil : i Tim. iii. 6.
But this must needs proceed from some Error in Judgment, or at least Inconsiderateness.
2. Their Temper and Disposition after their Fall. It is very corrupt and wicked, full of Hațred against God, and against Man too, as bear
ing his Image ; therefore he destroyed Man at first, and stiil endeavours to do it, i Pet. v. 8.
Hence called Arabono, Rev, xii. 1o. Whence Devil. Satan, Adversarius, Job i. 9, 11. c. ii. 4, 5: Ilves Swr, the Tempter, Matt. iv. 3. Torneo's, the wicked One, Matt. xiii. 19, 39, Abaddon and Apollyon, a Destroyer, Apoc. ix. II.
Beelzebub, Matt. x. 25. ,121 by the God of Flies, 2 Reg. i. 2, 6. Or else, bear by the Dunghil God, the Idol ; fo the Devil was called, because he was worshipped by the Heathens. Whence we may observe, Thąt hę who is,
Or strives to do what Mischief he can to others, is like the Devil, the worst of all Creathres.
3. Notwithftanding their Fall, they have still great Knowledge and Power.
. Knowledge, Mark i. 24,
Experimental. They know not Things to come to pass, unless it be by considering the present Causes, and from probable Conjectures, Isa. xli. 23.
2. Their Power also is great, Eph. vi. 11, 12, He hath Power over the Air, Eph. ii. 2. Job 1. 19.
They can do very strange Things, Exod. vii. 11, 12. Aets viii. 9, 1o.
They have Power over Beasts, Mark v. 11, 13, And over wicked Men, 2 Tim. ii. 26. Eph. ii. 2.
But good Men need not fear his Power ; for he can do nothing to them without God the
Father's Permission, Job i. 12. c. ii. 6. 1 Reg. xxii. 21, 22. Matt. viii. 31, 32.
4. How many of them are there?
That they be very numerous, is plain from their being almost in all Places, and from Luke viii. 30. a Legion is many Thousands.
But that there is some Order and Discipline among them, is probable from their having a Kingdom, Matt. xii. 26. whereof one is said to be Prince, Matt. ix. 34.
So we read of the Devil and his Angels, Matt. XXV. 41. Apoc. xii. 7.
5. What was their Punishment ?
They were cast out of Heaven, 2 Pet. ii. 4. put then into Chains; but so as they can still about, God's Displeasure not being yet fully executed upon them, Matt. viii. 29.
Everlasting Fire is prepared for them at the End of the World, Matt. xxv. 41.
USE. 1. The Devil being so malicious and ready to tempt us, we had need be watchful, i pe
2. Resist his Temptations, Jac. iv. 7. especially by Faith, Eph. vi. 11, 12,16. Luke xxii.
3. Have a Care of coming into the same Condemnation with them, by Pride, Malice, or Uncharitableness, Matt, xxv. 41.
RO M. V. 19. For as by one Man's Disobedience many
were made Sinners.
1 AN was made in the Image of GOD,
Gen. i. 26. which consisted, 1. Partly in his Power and Dominion over
all Terrestrial Creatures, Gen. i. 26, 28. Pfal. viii. 5, 6. Hence he gave Names,
Gen. i. 19, 20. 2. In the Perfection of his Nature, indued
with Reason and Will, and with Knowledge and True Holiness. 1. Knowledge, Col. iii. 9, 10. 2. True Holiness, Eph. iv. 24.
II. He was commanded not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, Gen.ii. 16. which was backed with a Threatning to keep his Senses in Obedience and Subjection to his Reason.
III. Man notwithstanding did eat of it. 1. Through Satan's Temptation ; which was
managed with great Cunning.
1 Pet. iii. 7. 3. He propounds a doubtful Question, Gene
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