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· 2. Let us learn to imitate the Angels in praising God.
In doing his Will, Pfal. ciii. 20, 21.
3. Let us strive to get to Heaven, that we may be like them, Luke XX. 36. ....
And, the Angels which kept not their
first Estate, but left their own Habitation, he hath reserv'd in everlasting Chains urder Darkness, unto the Judgment of the great Day.
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.
iii. Š. 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' tion of the Devil : i Tim. jii. 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 Hagred against God, and against Man too, as bear
ing his Image ; therefore he destroyed Man at first, and still endeavours to do it, i Pet. v. 8.
Hence called arcon, Rev, xii. 10. Whence
Satan, Adversarius, Job i. 9, 11. c. ii. 4, 5;
Beelzebub, Matt. x. 25. Jan bua the God of
Or strives to do what Mischief he can to others, is like the Devil, the worst of all Creatyres.
3. Notwithstanding their Fall, they have still great Knowledge and Power. . 1. 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, Epb.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. Afts viii. 9, 10..
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. I 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 vili. 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 reaďof 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 go 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 ter v. 8.
2. Resist his Temptations, fac. iv. 7. especially by Faith, Eph. vi. 11, 12, 16. Luke xxii. 31, 32.
3. Have a Care of coming into the same Condemnation with them, by Pride, Malice, or Un- . charitableness, Matt, xxv. 41.
ROM. V. 19. For as by one Man's Disobedience many
were made Sinners.
I M AN was made in the Image of GOD,
M 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. He enters into the Serpent, the fubtileft
Creature, Gen. iii. 1. 2. Sets upon the Woman, the weaker Vessel,
1 Pet. iii. 7. 3. He propounds a doubtful Question, Gene
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