(d) They are possessed of superhuman intelligence and power, yet an intelligence and power that has its fixed limits.
<402436> Matthew 24:36 ? ?of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven? their knowledge, though superhuman, is yet finite. <600112>1 Peter 1:12 ? ?which things angels desire to look into?; <19A320>Psalm 103:20 ? ?angels? mighty in strength?; <530107>2 Thessalonians 1:7 ? ?the angels of his power?; <610211>2 Peter 2:11 ? ?angels, though greater [than men] in might and power; <662002>Revelation 20:2, 10 ? ?laid hold on the dragon? and bound him? cast into the like of fire.? Compare <197218>Psalm 72:18 ? ?God? Who only doeth wondrous things? = only God can perform miracles. Angels are imperfect compared with God ( <180418>Job 4:18; 15:15; 25:5)
Power, rather than beauty or intelligence, is their striking characteristic. They are ?principalities and powers? ( <510116>Colossians 1:16). They terrify those who behold them ( <402804>Matthew 28:4). The rolling away of the stone from the sepulchre took strength. A wheel of granite, eight feet in diameter and one foot thick, rolling in a groove, would weigh more than four tons. Mason, Faith of the Gospel, 86 ? ?The spiritual might and burning indignation in the face of Stephen reminded the guilty Sanhedrin of an angelic vision.? Even in their most tender ministrations they strengthen
( <422243>Luke 22:43; cf. <271019>Daniel 10:19); <540615>1 Timothy 6:15 ? ?King of kings and Lord of lords ? ?the words ?kings? and ?lords?
( basileuo>ntwn and kurieuo>ntwn ) may refer to angels. In the case of evil spirits especially, power seems the chief thing in mind e.g., ?the prince of this world,? ?the strong man armed,? ?the power of darkness,? ?rulers of the darkness of this world,? ?the great dragon,? ?all the power of the enemy,? ?all these things will I give thee,? ?deliver up from the evil one,?
(e) They are an order of intelligences distinct from man and older than man is.
Angels are distinct from man. <460603>1 Corinthians 6:3 ? ?we shall judge angels?; <580114>Hebrews 1:14 ? ?Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to do service for the sake of them that shall inherit salvation?? They are not glorified human spirits; see <580216>Hebrews 2:16 ? ?for verily not to angels doth he give help, but he giveth help to the seed of Abraham?, also 12:22, 21, where ?the innumerable hosts of angels? are distinguished from ?the church of the firstborn? and ?the spirits ofjust men made perfect.? In
<662209> Revelation 22:9 ? ?I am a fellow-servant with thee? ? ?fellow- servant? intimates likeness to men, not in nature, but in service and
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