ANGELIC SYNAPSES AND THE TRINITY
Calvin has spoken of the angels as the "hands of God." Some activity of Christ and the Spirit and the Father is actually the activity of the angels. Not the angels alone, of course, as though the angels acted independently of God. But the angels were the agents through which God accomplished His will. But the Father alone does not employ the angels; we may speak of their service on behalf of the Son and the Spirit as well.
Angels and the Son
The divinity of Christ is seen in the fact that the act of Creation is ascribed both to God and to Christ in Colossians 1 and Hebrews 1-2 and 11. But although the triune God rested from Creation, He does not rest in His eternal activity of sustaining the universe. Jesus said He is still active holding all things in order, and the Jews understood this to be a claim to deity (John 5:17-18). All judgment belongs to the Son (John 5:22), yet the angels clearly have a part in it (Matt. 13:49; I Enoch 1:9 [Jude 14f.]).
Angels and the Spirit
The same connections can be shown of the Holy Spirit. David Chilton points out some interesting ways in which the Godhead and the angels are identified:
It remains for us to speak of the marvelous work of the angels in the human mind itself.
Continue reading: The Human Mind as "Inanimate"
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