You were created, not born.
You’ve probably never known materiality, had a body, possessed a thing, felt hunger or thirst or physical pain or pleasure or lust.
You’ve never feared death because you were made to live forever.
You dwell in eternity, at the point of transcending time and space.
You have always known God.
At least, you have always known as much of His nature as He has chosen to reveal it to you. You have known that it was good, and loving, and giving.
Some time back, there was a parting. Some angels left to go their own way, rather than God’s way.
When He created materiality and time and life that could end and mankind that reflected His image as the culmination of creation, at least one of the rebels was involved in luring mankind away from God to go his and her own way, rather than God’s way.
You saw things go from bad to worse. Perhaps you have even served as God’s messenger to some of his mortal people. Still they went their own way.
And had nothing to look forward to but death.
Then you saw the Prince of Heaven become one of the mortals; heard Him teach and saw Him heal and witnessed His love and watched Him die at their hands … and live again, so that they would have a chance to live after death, too.
What do you make of that?
What can you understand of it?
What do you deduce?
Is there something more intrinsically powerful and desirable and magnetic than going your own way? Some joy that is deeper? Some yearning more satisfying? Some emptying of self that is more filling?
Something that these mortal creatures can somehow perceive, though they have never seen it?
Something they will give their lives to, though they can only hope for it?
Something that they will suffer in order to enjoy?
Something for which they will trade now to receive later?
Something intangible, inexpressible, irreplaceable?
What is it?
What does it mean?
To a mortal?
To an angel?
2 thoughts on “Pretend You’re An Angel”
Great post as always brother.>Pretending I’m an angel, I would want to be a human. As Peter says in his letter even angels long to look into these things. It kind of like the movie the City of Angels where the angel wants to experience life. Again, great post.
It’s a good thing I don’t ever comment on posts immediately after I read them. >>Because my initial reaction would’ve been simply, <>“HUH??? What are you talking about? I’m not sure I understand what you’re asking…”<>>>But I’ve taken awhile to think about it…that is, to try to imagine what it would be like to be an angel (no easy task…definitely a stretch for me!) and I’m still not sure I understand, but I will go ahead and make grab at some of your questions (which are still probably floating just a little over my head) and try to answer them. >>After witnessing the saga between God and man, and the Prince of Heaven becoming man I deduce that there is something very special about this relationship between God and His people; that He loves them; and that they…His people…are drawn to Him. >><>“Something that these mortal creatures can somehow perceive, though they have never seen it? >Something they will give their lives to, though they can only hope for it? >Something that they will suffer in order to enjoy? >Something for which they will trade now to receive later? >Something intangible, inexpressible, irreplaceable?”<>>>Just my guess (and, again, I think I make a lousy angel) but I think this might be the very presence of God. His people, who are given His Spirit, can perceive Him and experience Him, but they’re left wanting more. And that’s the reward He promises His people…an eternity in His presence. >>What does this mean? To a mortal? That the reward is, indeed, Intangible, Inexplicable, and Irreplacable and worth anything that must be endured on earth to receive the reward.>>To an angel? I’m not sure…perhaps that I should understand how truly amazing it is to be in His presence…maybe???>>I dunno…I’m with preacherman…I’m glad I’m a human.>>I need sleep. I’m sure I’ll check back here tomorrow; maybe by then there’ll be more comments by better angels than myself–those who can help me decipher these questions even further. Great post Keith. Thank you. Much love.–mmlace