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their Reward, by a voluntary Humility and Worm shipping of Angels, intruding into those Things which bath not seen, vainly puft up by bis fleshly Mind, as you read Chap. 11. 18. There was a great pretence of Humility in it, as there is still among the Papifts; they thought it was too much boldness to approach to God, nay, to our blessed Saviour iinmediately, though God hath appointed him to be the only Mediator, and therefore in great Lowliness, as it seemed, they would take the Angels in their way, and by them have their Petitions addressed to our Lord Christ. But the Apostle plainly tells them, that these Men who made shew of such Humili

ty, and look'd as if they durft not be too bold, were indeed proud and confident Men, a great deal more bold than they ought to have been, intruding into Things that they had no know

ledge of, and devising a Religion of their own, tas not content with what God had revealed. And thus the Christian Church ever after in the best Times, condemned this worshipping of Angels from this Place of St. Paul, for it still continu" ed among some superstitious People. The Council of Laodicea inade an express Canon against it; and Theodoret faith, that it was a leaving or forsaking of our Lord Jesus Christ. And Irenaus before him faid, that the Church throughout the World receiving divers Benefits from God, renders Acknowledgınents in the Name of Christ, not using the Invocation of Angels, but purely, clearly, and holily directing their Prayers to the Lord of all, in the Name of Je

fus; and fo Origen plainly writes, though af-
cribing as much to Angels, as any Man. We
find, faith he, that those Spirits who from their
Office are called Angels, are like-
wise from their excellent Nature, cal. Lib. 8. con-

tra Celf,
led Gods; but they are not called
fo, because we should learn to adore or worship
them with divine Honour, though they minister,
and bring to us the Gifts of God: No, wãOLO
Medy gs dénoiv, &c. for all Supplication, and Pray-
er, and Intercession, and Thanksgiving, ought
to be sent to God, the Lord of all, by that High-
Priest who is above all Angels. And in another
Place, where Celfus confesses, that indeed he
would have God to be in all our Thoughts
Night and Day, in Publick and Private, in Word
and Deed, but yet thinks that we may eĒeukevise-
θαι τες τήδε άρχονlας, indeavour by our Devotions
to sweeten the Rulers of this World, (i. e. the Dæ-
mons or Angels) and render them favourable to
i us; Origen thus answers him in these memora-
· ble Words ; Our sole endeavour is to render God

Merciful and Gracious to us, and he is die EU MEDIζόμενος δυσεβεία και πάση αρετή, drawn to be our Friend by Piety, and all manner of Vertue. Then as the Shadow follows the Body, so also will the Angels, and all the Powers of Heaven follow his Will, and become our Friend, when once he declares that he is our Friend; we need not doubt of their good Will, when we have obtained his. We need not intreat, nor supplicate them for it; because they have the fame Sense



with God, and will take Delight in those whom he thinks worthy of his Favour.

They will not only bear a good will to uś, but also work together with us for our good; inTomuch that I dare say, 6n1 cv@póteis cela wogy péoews, &c. that with Men who out of choice cand good Will, prefer the most excellent Things, andit pray to God continually; there are ThouSands of holy Powers who not invocated at all, -will joyn their Prayers, and petition God together with them for his Blessing.

What can be more plain than these Words, Iwhich are enough to make all those i blush, if Sthey had any Shame { left in them, who make

such loud Noises to perswade the World that all Antiquity is on their Side, and yet 'stand so ma- nifeftly condemned by its express Sentence, whilft enhey pray to Angels v to be their Patrons, and do

their Business for them in Heaven. They alledge cindeed, that Place of Jacob; which I had occali-on to mention rin isthe Morning to justifie. this i paganish Practice; Gen.48.616. But in truth he -faith not a word to theirt Purpose, for there is

no Prayer to be found there to the Angel, nor . fo much as any Compellation of him. He doth o not fay, 'O thoa Angel who haft kept me, preriferve them, or assist them with thy Help, and rithy Prayers, which would have been to the Business; but only desires that they might fare - (Well, as her had done by the Ministry of the

Angelu which had attended on him : In short, this Sentence is only cumtird, as the Greeks speak ti by way of With or Defire, not προστυκτικών by


way of Supplication or Prayer. Good Jacob lates what the Angel had done for hiin all his Life long, and wishes he way do as much for his Grand-children after he was dead.

"Now 'every one knows, that a Wish or a Defire that a good Thing, or happy Success may be, is no Prayer unto that Thing that it would be fo, unless we will imagine (they are the Words of a very learned Writer of

Bp. Montague. ours) that Balaam prayed to his own Soul, when in the self same Form of Words he desired, let my Soul die the Death of the Righteous, (so it is in the Latin ) or that David pray ed to the Angel, when he faid, let the Angel of the Lord persecute him, Pfal. 35. 6. where he only desires it may be fo, but prays not to the Angel that he would do it. What other Places they bring to the fame Purpose, I must not stay now to enquire, because I take this only in my way; and you may be sure there are none which contradict the express Sentence of St. Paul, who condemns, in so many words, this worshipping of Angels, as a daring Invention of vain and proud Minds, who not satisfied with the Christian Simplicity, would have a number of Mediators, and take their choice among them as they thought good. • To conclude this point, we need not doubt in the last Place, but

V. After all this Assistance which the holy Angels give us, they will be present, and ready to help us in the Agony of Death. They offer their Service to transport the Souls of good



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Men, when they forsake these earthly Mansions, into the Bosom of Abrabam, as our Saviour tells us, in the Parable of Lazarus; and he himself, as you heard, had an Angel caine to strengthen or comfort him in his agony in the Garden, a little before his Death : and therefore why should we think that they who have been our Companions all our Life, should defert , us at the last Gasp, and not rather be inost careful of us, and lend us their brotherly Aslistance, both before, and in, and after our Departure hence? Nay, if they rejoyce at the Conversion of a Sinner, as our Saviour Christ tells us, Luke 15. 10. . we may conclude, that they are much more joyed to see his Perseverance to the End, and to behold him induring Pain patiently, and at last to see hiin resign up his Soul to God stedfast in the Faith and Love of Christ Jesus; and will do them all the good Offices they can, and when they have left the Body, convey them fafe unto their Řesting-place.

But I must say no more of this, because there remains a little to be said concerning the Second General Head, which I propounded in thre' Beginning; that is, of the Persons who are under such Care of the Angels expressed here in the Word Theirs, which refers to what went before concerning the Disciples of Christ. To these my Text limits my Discourse, who profess the Religion of our Saviour, and indeed we are not told what they do for others. The Apostle also thus limits it, Heb. 1. ult. Are they not mi


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