Angels, Demons, Salvation and Newton

From another blog I once read this about the angels:

"There is a Savior offered to the world of men, none to the world of angels. There is mercy offered to the world of men, none to the world of angels. There is restoration offered to the world of men, none to the fallen angels. There is atonement made for sinful men, none for sinful angels. Man is given a chance, offered mercy in Christ, angels are not."

This prompted my comment below:

I remember hearing of this concept for the first time (I'm ashamed to say that I'd
never realized this before) about a year ago, when our worship pastor introduced
this John Newton
(Olney Hymn) text to us:

Men Honoured Above Angels

Now let us join with hearts and tongues,
And emulate the angels' songs;
Yea, sinners may address their King
In songs that angels cannot sing.

They praise the Lamb who once was slain;
But we can add a higher strain;
Not only say, "He suffer'd thus,
"But that he suffer'd all for us."

When angels by transgression fell,
Justice consign'd them all to hell;
But Mercy form'd a wondrous plan,
To save and honour fallen man.

Jesus, who pass'd the angels by,
Assum'd our flesh to bleed and die;
And still he makes it his abode;
As man he fills the throne of God.

Our next of kin, our Brother now,
Is he to whom the angels bow;
They join with us to praise his name,
But we the nearest int'rest claim.

But, ah! how faint our praises rise!
Sure, 'tis the wonder of the skies,
That we, who share his richest love,
So cold and unconcern'd should prove.

Oh, glorious hour, it comes with speed!
When we, from sin and darkness freed,
Shall see the God who died for man,
And praise him more than angels can.
Oh yeah, for any interested, our worship pastor, Todd Murray, has written a book on the life & letters of John Newton which includes a cd of some of Newtons unpublished songs, arranged by Todd, including the one above.

Visit Beyond Amazing Grace to learn more.

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