thousand stood before him?; <660511>Revelation 5:11 ? ?I heard a voice of many angels? and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands? Anselm thought that the number of lost angels was filled up by the number of elect men. Savage, Life after Death, 61 ? The Pharisees held very exaggerated notions of the number of angelic spirits. They ?said that a man, if he threw a stone over his shoulder or cast away a broken piece of pottery, asked pardon of any spirit that he might possibly have hit in so doing.? So in W. H. H. Murray?s time it was said to be dangerous in the Adirondack to fire a gun ? you might hit a man.
(b) They constitute a company, as distinguished from a race.
<402230> Matthew 22:30 ? ?they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as angels in heaven?; <422030>Luke 20:30 ? ?neither can they die any more for they are equal unto the angels; and are sons of God? We are called ?sons of men,? but angels are never called ?sons of angels,? but only ?sons of God.? They are not developed from original stock and no such common nature binds them together as binds together the race of man. They have no common character and history. Each was created separately and each apostate angel fell by himself. Humanity fell all at once in its first father. Cut down a tree, and you cut down its branches. But angels were so many separate trees. Some lapsed into sin but some remained holy. See Godet. Bib. Studies Old Testament, 1-29. This may be one reason why salvation was provided for fallen man but not for fallen angels. Christ could join himself to humanity by taking the common nature of all. There was no common nature of angels, which he could take. See <580216>Hebrews 2:16 ? ?not to angels doth he give help.? The angels are ?sons of God,? as having no earthly parentage and no parentage at all except the divine. <490314>Ephesians 3:14, 15 ? ?the Father, of whom every fatherhood in heaven and on earth is named,? ? not ?every family,? as in R. V., for there are no families among the angels. The marginal rendering ?fatherhood? is better than ?family? ? all the patriai> are named from the path>r . Dodge, Christian Theology, 172 ? ?The bond between angels is simply a mental and moral one. They can gain nothing by inheritance, nothing through domestic and family life, anything through a society held together by a bonds of blood. Belonging to two worlds and not simply to one, the human soul has in it the springs of a deeper and wider experience than angels can have. God comes nearer to man than to his angels.? Newman Smyth, Through Science to Faith, 191 ? In the resurrection life of man, the species has died; man the individual lives on. Sex shall be no more needed for the sake of life; they
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