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The words of the angels or, their visits to the earth, and the messages they delivered - R. Stier (1879)

The words of the angels (1879)

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IT is a striking fact, that neither in ancient nor modern literature have we any work of precisely the same character as that which I now undertake, a work dealing exclusively with the authentic words addressed by angels to men, and recorded by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Indeed no monograph even on the Biblical doctrine respecting angels has ever come before me. We have treatises and dissertations, it is true, but no exhaustive book ; and even these are exceedingly meagre in their notices of the intercourse of holy angels with the human race. They are rather to be classed under the head of demonology, and historiae didboli ; whereas, in the Scripture, especially in the Old Testament, we have more told us of good than of evil spirits. Indeed, to say nothing of unbelieving and half-believing indifference, we constantly find, even in orthodox believers, an actual ignoring, as it were, of angelic agency. Now, we hold that it would much add, both to the full understanding and joy of faith, if the testimony of Scripture on the subject were properly received. For throughout its pages the existence and intervention of angels is dwelt upon with as much clearness and precision as is compatible with the necessarily mysterious nature of the subject.

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Learn about The words of the angels (1879) :

IT is a striking fact, that neither in ancient nor modern literature have we any work of precisely the same character as that which I now undertake, a work dealing exclusively with the authentic words addressed by angels to men, and recorded by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Indeed no monograph even on the Biblical doctrine respecting angels has ever come before me. We have treatises and dissertations, it is true, but no exhaustive book ; and even these are exceedingly meagre in their notices of the intercourse of holy angels with the human race. They are rather to be classed under the head of demonology, and historiae didboli ; whereas, in the Scripture, especially in the Old Testament, we have more told us of good than of evil spirits. Indeed, to say nothing of unbelieving and half-believing indifference, we constantly find, even in orthodox believers, an actual ignoring, as it were, of angelic agency. Now, we hold that it would much add, both to the full understanding and joy of faith, if the testimony of Scripture on the subject were properly received. For throughout its pages the existence and intervention of angels is dwelt upon with as much clearness and precision as is compatible with the necessarily mysterious nature of the subject.

Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ, as we are well aware, repeatedly brought the intervention of holy angela before the minds of his hearers. In parables, the interpretation of which must at all events point at realities, we find angels described as the reapers at the last harvest, the executors of the last sentence, the devoted servants of the heavenly Master ; nay, in the latest prophecy (Matt, xxv.), their accompanying the coming-in glory of the Judges (ver. 31), can no more be understood as a metaphor than the mention, in ver. 41, of the devil and his angels.

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