Do angels have their own will? Were they created free? Is your intelligence comparable to human intelligence? Here are five gifts they received from God
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At the beginning of Creation, God created in an instant a myriad of magnificent angels. By creating them, God gave them the grace of supreme happiness, immeasurable intelligence, a will without weakness, perfect knowledge. But he also gave them freedom, so that they could freely choose to serve and love him.
1. The beatific vision
The greatest gift of the angels is to live face to face with the Eternal. Before the resurrection of Christ, angels were the only inhabitants of heaven., constantly praising the Lord before his glorious Throne. These pure spirits, while helping men on earth, illuminating them and guiding their steps, never cease to behold god. Certain biblical passages testify to this, in particular when the archangel Gabriel visits Zacharias and tells him “I am Gabriel and I am in the presence of God” ( Lk 1,19 ) or when Jesus says “Beware of despising even one of these little ones”, for I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father” ( Mt 18.10 ).
Human intelligence is often uncertain, whereas angelic intelligence is distinguished by its speed, promptitude and the security of its conceptions. Angels are endowed with a lively and intuitive intelligence. Furthermore, God did not deprive rebel angels of the natural intelligence that He had given them when He had created them. However, because of his refusal, these angels they turned away from divine intelligence. By their rejection of God, they have irreparably distorted the divine gift. So, “the smallest of the faithful angels, illuminated by divine intelligence, surpasses in wisdom the Prince of the Underworld, reduced to his own lights«, explains Anne Bernet in her book enquête sur les anges (Artège).
From the moment of their creation, God made known to the angels the reality of all that He created. The Angels they learn effortlessly. Unlike the man who gets tired and demands rest, the angel is indefatigable precisely because he is free from the weight of matter. Anne Bernet explains: «Human memory is capricious, that of the angel is incapable of the slightest forgetfulness. What he knows, he knows definitively and perfectly ».
4. The will
The human will is wavering, while the angelic will is distinguished by the tenacity of its resolutions. Ours is subject to desires, passions and concupiscenceswhile the one of the angels is exempt from them and knows no fluctuations. The angel’s will is so absolute that his decisions are irrevocable.. As confirmed by the Fourth Lateran Council (1215), all creatures were originally good, including the devil and demons who “were created by God naturally good.” It is precisely by their own will that they have lost their primitive goodness and it is by themselves that they have become irrevocably evil.
God created free angels to serve and love him. He shaped their minds and their will to choose him freely, but he did not completely deprive them of the possibility of rejecting him. So, due to the angelic nature of him, his chance of sin was small and improbable, but he had. Anne Bernet explains that “to defend them, he had given them his grace and his holiness, making this misfortune almost impossible for them. Any angelic fault, therefore, could only be the result of a monstrously vicious act of will and totally thought out, weighed and premeditated.«.
Originally and in an instant, says Saint Augustine, “angelic nature was created and grace was poured out on angelic spirits.” Angels were created for supernatural bliss. From the first moment of their existence, they were placed in conditions to achieve this supreme happiness, that is, the eternal beatific vision of God, in which we too are called to participate at the end of time.
By Aline Iaschine