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Concerning the holy angels, and their ministry a posthumous treatise - R. C. Brackenbury (1826)

Concerning the holy angels and their ministry

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The difficulties that embarrass inquiries into the Ministry of Angels, ought not to make us despair of discovering much valuable and profit able truth in the investigation of a subject so sublime and illustrious.  The more recondite are the objects of ordinary science, with the greater avidity and with more indefatigable application are they pursued by philosophers, as if their very abstruseness sharpened the appetite for know ledge, and strengthened the  capacity of research. Shall the Christian, then, decline assiduous inquiry into subjects of Divine Revelation, be cause they are naturally abstruse ? Are we prematurely to conclude,  that, because profound, they are unfathomable ; or that, if dazzled by their brightness, no medium of contemplating them is attainable ? If concealed from our immediate view, are we to assume that the veil which covers them, because dense, is impenetrable? The abstruseness of many topics of Revelation, on the contrary, adds to their interest ; for, on that very account, we bring to the consideration of them an awe, an hesitation, which their sacredness might fail to inspire, if we did not, at the same time, perceive, that they are surrounded with an obscurity which heightens our respect, and excites our closer investigation.

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Learn about Concerning the holy angels and their ministry :

The difficulties that embarrass inquiries into the Ministry of Angels, ought not to make us despair of discovering much valuable and profit able truth in the investigation of a subject so sublime and illustrious.  The more recondite are the objects of ordinary science, with the greater avidity and with more indefatigable application are they pursued by philosophers, as if their very abstruseness sharpened the appetite for know ledge, and strengthened the  capacity of research. Shall the Christian, then, decline assiduous inquiry into subjects of Divine Revelation, be cause they are naturally abstruse ? Are we prematurely to conclude,  that, because profound, they are unfathomable ; or that, if dazzled by their brightness, no medium of contemplating them is attainable ? If concealed from our immediate view, are we to assume that the veil which covers them, because dense, is impenetrable? The abstruseness of many topics of Revelation, on the contrary, adds to their interest ; for, on that very account, we bring to the consideration of them an awe, an hesitation, which their sacredness might fail to inspire, if we did not, at the same time, perceive, that they are surrounded with an obscurity which heightens our respect, and excites our closer investigation.

If the stupendous and magnificent objects of creation, that are daily  presented to our view, make little impression on our minds, it is because we are familiarized to them by constantly beholding them. The voice of thunder awakens attention only in proportion to its infrequency. If the sun, in its meridian splendor, appeared but once in our lifetime, what sensations would it excite, and what efforts to comprehend so glorious a spectacle !

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