as the divine center. The great system is a harp all whose strings are in tune but one and that one jarring string makes discord throughout the whole. The whole universe shall feel the influence and shall be reduced to harmony, when that one string, the world in which we live, shall be put in tune by the hand of love and mercy? ? freely quoted from Leitch, God?s Glory in the Heavens, 327-330.
It is not impossible that God is using this earth as a breeding ground from which to populate the universe. Mark Hopkins, Life, 317 ? ?While there shall be gathered at last and preserved, as Paul says, a holy church, and every man shall be perfect and the church shall be spotless? there will be other forms of perfection in other departments of the universe. And when the great day of restitution shall come and God shall vindicate his government, there may be seen to be coming in from other departments of the universe a long procession of angelic forms, great white legions from Sirius, from Arcturus and the chambers of the South, gathering around the throne of God and that center around which the universe revolves.?
4 As to their employment.
A. The employment of good angels.
(a) They stand in the presence of God and worship him.
<192901> Psalm 29:1, 2 ? ?Ascribe unto Jehovah. O ye sons of the mighty, Ascribe unto Jehovah glory and strength. Ascribe unto, Jehovah the glory due unto his name. Worship Jehovah in holy array? ? Perowne: ?Heaven being thought of as one great temple, and all the worshipers therein as clothed in priestly vestments.? <198907>Psalm 89:7 ? ?a God very terrible in the council of the holy ones,? i.e., angels ? Perowne: ?Angels are called an assembly or congregation, as the church above, which like the church below worships and praises God.? <401810>Matthew 18:10 ? ?in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven.? In apparent allusion to this text, Dante represents the saints as dwelling in the presence of God yet at the same time rendering humble service to their fellow men here upon the earth. Just in proportion to their nearness to God and the light they receive from him, is the influence they are able to exert over others.
(b) They rejoice in God?s works.
<183807> Job 38:7 ? ?all the sons of God shouted for joy? <421510>Luke 15:10 ? ?there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth?; cf. <550225>2 Timothy 2:25 ? ?if peradventure God may give them
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