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OF THE WAYS OF GOD.

OF THE WAYS OF GOD.

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BY REV. JOHN HOWARD HINTON, M.A,

As far as they are revealed to us, the ways of God have
respect to two classes of beings, angels and men.
BY REV. JOHN HOWARD HINTON, M.A,

As far as they are revealed to us, the ways of God have
respect to two classes of beings, angels and men.

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OF THE WAYS OF GOD. BY REV. JOHN HOWARD HINTON, M.A,As far as they are revealed to us, the ways of God have respect to two classes of beings, angels and men. : PART I. OF THE WAYS OF GOD TOWARDS ANGELS. OF the ways of God towards angels but little is made known to us, doubtless because it imports us not to know. They are described as enjoying a state of exalted excellence and felicity, in the immediate presence and service of the divine Majesty. The perpetuity of their happiness appears to have been contingent on their sustained rectitude, although it is not clear that their condition was strictly probationary. It is most certain that no occasion for dissatisfaction could have been afforded them ; yet the Scriptures declare dis-obedience to have arisen in the celestial hierarchy, as the consequence of which the rebellious angels were cast out from heaven, to some place, but whither cannot be told. Their banishment, however, was not connected with im- 1 prisonment, since they are represented as visiting this world, | not as their place of residence, but as their sphere of
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operation, being bent on proceedings at once destructive to man and hostile to God. Towards the fallen angels the Almighty has exercised righteous indignation, and this alone, unmitigated by mercy. No method of conviction, or hope of pardon, is connected with their crime ; although it is un-questionable, that the increasing amount of their guilt must ensure a corresponding augmentation of their misery and punishment. It is scarcely certain that the consummation of the divine proceedings respecting mankind, will be the final 48 THE WAYS OF GOD. period of their liberty and wicked operation. Among the angels we discern the first trace of moral eviL This, as far as we know at present, is its origin ; deformed and liideous birth of a region so bright, and a bosom so pure ! ^PART II. OF THE WAYS OF GOD TOWARDS MAN.
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OF the ways of God towards man a much fuller account is afforded us, as of more immediate, and, indeed, of the deepest interest to ourselves ; although it will be found that the sacred narrative very much confines itself to that which it is really important for us to know, and almost systemati-cally denies the gratification of mere curiosity. CHAPTER I. Of tfte Original State of Man, IN contemplating man as he originally was, it is proper to notice his character, and his circumstances. i. The information that we possess respecting his char-acter, is derived from the intimation that he was made " in the image of God," a phrase concerning which very different ideas have been formed. We can find no satisfaction in interpreting it, either of the erect attitude of the body, the immateriality of the vital principle, the intelligent and rational structure of the mind, the dominion over the crea-
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