The Holy Angels were God's first creation.
Before them God was alone in His Divine Majesty.
But His infinite love prompted Him to create
other beings to share His happiness and His glory,
and He made the Angels in His own image and
likeness, and gave to them gifts which should prepare
them for their glorious destiny. It is the mark
of true love, that it desires that its happiness should
be shared by others. Have I this love to all around
The Holy Angels are the beings who approach
in their nature most nearly to God Himself. They
have no corruptible bodies to drag them down.
They are thus immeasurably superior to ourselves
in natural gifts. They have a knowledge altogether
surpassing the highest knowledge to which men can
attain, and a control over the natural world compared
with which man's puny efforts to control it
are mere feebleness. In every part of his nature
man is inferior to them. Yet one day, by God's
mercy, we shall escape from the bondage of corruption
and share all the privileges which they enjoy.
The Holy Angels from their first creation reflected
in themselves God's infinite perfections in
a way that no other created beings ever did. This
was because they were so near to God, on the very
threshold of His Presence. They were like courtiers
trained up from childhood in the ante-chamber of
their king, and learning gradually to share in His
royal prerogatives from their very nearness to Him.
If I desire to be like to God, I must live in a continual
remembrance of Him, with the thought of
Him continually present in my heart.