Thomas Cartwright: Are the angels redeemed by Christ?

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Q. Have men only benefit by this union of the two natures [of Christ], or doth it reach also to the Angels?

A. It seemeth to reach no further then to man; for God never meant to save those angels that fell, seeing they fell maliciously into rebellion against God, without tentation, contrary to the clear light of nature revealed in their Creation. And if he had purposed either to save them, or to have benefited the elect Angels, any otherwise then by confirming them, he would have taken their nature upon him.

Q. But why then is it said, that God (by Christ) doth reconcile all things unto himself, whether in earth, or heaven? Coloss. 1. 20.

A. By things in heaven, is there to be understood, not the Angels, but the Saints then in heaven. For although God did elect the Angels to eternal glory; yet Christ did not redeem them, but only the seed of Abraham.

For the reference, see Thomas Cartwright: Are the angels redeemed by Christ?
 
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