"It is magnificent to be an angel," said the first angel to the
second. "We see and hear some of the works of God that humans find
so difficult to comprehend. In fact, since they are bound to His
created earth, it is completely impossible for the human's finite
mind to fully comprehend the awesome power of God."
"Yes, it is true," the second angel said. "His attributes reach far
beyond what they can intellectually or emotionally grasp. The
process by which He makes decisions is even difficult for us to
comprehend; for them it is mostly unknown."
"How true," said the first angel. "They can only begin to understand
His essence by thinking of Him within the context of their own
"But translating what they believe He may be like and transferring
that likeness into human terms, only allows them to have a dim view and limited
knowledge of His being," the second angel interjected.
"Yes, it is almost like looking into a dark
reflection and seeing only a partial image, not seeing it in a
face-to-face experience," said the first angel.
"His actions toward them, on the other hand, are much easier for
them to understand," said the first.
Pondering the thought, the first angel continued, "God's Word
details to humans many ways in which He has moved through their
history. His Word has recorded deeds and events beginning even with
their very own creation. He spoke into existence their sun, moon,
stars, their own earth and indeed, the entire universe."
"And we were there to experience that firsthand," the second angel
"And the crowning glory, too," reminded the first.
"Of course, the creation of the very first human," voiced the
"But it was the work of salvation that was the most fascinating to
behold," the first angel added.
"You actually experienced that?" asked the second.
"Only by happenstance," the first angel added. "The man and his wife
had accepted the word of the Deceiver and had rejected their
face-to-face communion with the Father," the first angel said.
"Feeling that enormous shock wave that reverberated throughout
creation at man's choice of rejection," the first angel continued,
"I happened to be close to the throne. Bracing myself for what I
expected to be the complete destruction of all of mankind's
existence, only a discussion occurred instead."
"Please tell me about the discussion," the second angel pleaded.
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"The heavenly host gathered about the throne. Upon the throne sat
God, the Father. The Father is not dominated by time. He is not held
captive by the limitations and boundaries imposed by the changing
patterns of daylight and darkness. As the heavenly host approached
Him, He was in thought, deeply engrossed in remembering. But His
thinking was almost a brooding or an attitude or a thought too deep
"In all of creation there seemed to be a reaction to His thoughts.
As if expecting the heaven to melt at His reaction, the world He had created was
waiting, almost gasping, and holding on, watching for a small glimmer of what
His action would be.
"As the host watched in quiet reverence, the Most Holy One began a
discussion with Himself.
"'Share with me your feelings, Father,' a voice said as it
approached His powerful presence.
"'The man whom I have created and love has followed another,' He
replied. 'My decree is to allow him and his to turn forever because they have
"'Father,' the voice whispered, 'have you not proven to them your
love? Have you not communicated with them your understanding? Have you not
provided them a way to see your mercy? Have you not made them free?'
"'Yes, My Son,' He replied, 'I have given them their choice.'
"Silence prevailed throughout creation as He contemplated one last
choice. Finally, He spoke: 'There is one thing yet to do. I will accept only the
most righteous blood of one man who can follow My every precept. For that one
man who will make his final choice for Me, I will approve and accept. From him I
will set the standard for all to follow. Through him, I will allow all mankind
to choose My acceptance or My wrath. By accepting him they will accept Me.'
"At that moment the heaven reeled and all of the created spiritual
beings flashed throughout all eternity, and all creation focused
itself upon the small earth as the angelic host, with myself as
leader, in unison began to proclaim to the shepherds in the fields
of Bethlehem, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good
will toward men.' — Luke 2:14
"Then I said: 'Fear not: for behold, I
bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which
is Christ the Lord.' — Luke 2:10 11
"With this, the Word became flesh and lived among men; the
discussion ended, and God, the Father, smiled."
[By JIM KILLEBREW]
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