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The Angels in the Plan of Salvation

Michael J. McClymond and Gerald R. McDermott

in The Theology of Jonathan Edwards

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199791606
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932290 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791606.003.0018
The Angels in the Plan of Salvation

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Although not previously known as such, Edwards is a major interpreter of angels and demons in the Christian tradition, especially in relation to redemptive history. Functioning sometimes as spectators, the angels are also actively involved in human affairs. As part of Christ's body, they belong to the family of saints and benefit from a kind of metaphysical reconciliation of creatures with Creator through the Incarnation. In Edwards's account, the unfallen angels were not confirmed in grace until the time of Christ's Ascension—in terms of what is here called an “enthronement theology.” For Edwards, the angels were capable of growth in grace. Lucifer, the prince of angels, was a type of Christ, later replaced by Christ at the Ascension.

Keywords: angels; demons; Satan; Lucifer; redemption; history; enthronement; reconciliation

Chapter.  10032 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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