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Saturday, 25 August 2018

The Logos is an Angel

The Logos is an Angel

25 The followers of Valentinus defined the Angel as a Logos having a message from Him who is. And, using the same terminology, they call the Aeons Logoi.

The Book of Jubilees Chapter 2

1) And the angel of the presence spoke to Moses according to the word of Yahweh, saying: Write the complete generations of the creation, how in six days Yahweh Elohim finished all his works and all that he created.....
2) For on the first day he created the heavens which are above and the earth and the waters and all the spirits which minister before him; the angels of the presence, and the angels of sanctification, and the angels of the spirit of fire and the angels of the spirit of the winds, and the angels of the spirit of the clouds, and of darkness, and of snow and of hail and of frost, and the angels of the voices and of the thunder and of the lightning, and the angels of the spirits of cold and of heat, and of winter and of spring and of autumn and of summer and of all the spirits of his creatures which are in the heavens and on the earth, he created the abysses and the darkness, both evening and night, and light, which he prepared in the knowledge of his heart.

The Deity is far above and far away from the world, however he is near everyone by the mediatorship of the angels, the elohim. The angels or the elohim are an aspect of this 'nearness.' Therefore God is immanent as well as transcendent, and the angels are an of emanation of the Deity, an off-shoot of the Divine, holding intimate converse with the affairs of the world

The Uncreated Spirit Power is surrounded by his powers as a king by his servants. These powers are, ideas or logos emanate from him; angels or messengers; but all are essentially one, as they exist in Yahweh, because they emanate from him.

As for the angels, some are created, Some are eternal angels [i.e. existing from everlasting to everlasting],

The Scriptures are clear as to the role of the Angels at Creation in response to the commandment of the Almighty:

“By the Word of Yahweh were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth” (Psa. 33:6).

Yahweh gave the command, and the Angels obeyed. He said: “let there be light, and there was light” (Gen. 1:3). “He spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast” (cp. Psa. 33:9). So it was that the Angels (Hebrew: Elohim—see Psa. 8:5) who were the agents through which the Almighty accomplished His Will in creating the Heavens and Earth. So it is that we read in Genesis chapter 1: “In the beginning, Elohim created the heavens and the earth” (Gen. 1:1).

“God said: ‘Let light come to be.’ Then there came to be light.” (Ps 33:6; Ge 1:3) It should not be understood from this that the Deity himself does no work. (John 5:17) But he does have tens of thousands of angels that respond to his word and carry out his will.—Ps 103:20.

The Eternal Angels are emanations of the Deity it is the Divine working here below, as they are spread in the world, this is expressed by Logos.

For God, not condescending to come down to the external senses, sends his own words or angels for the sake of giving assistance to those who love virtue.

When God communicated with humans he used the Word as his angelic mouthpiece. (Gen 16:7-11; 22:11; 31:11; Ex 3:2-5; Jg 2:1-4; 6:11, 12; 13:3) Since the angel that guided the Israelites through the wilderness had ‘God’s name within him.—Ex 23:20-23;

Obviously, it wasn’t actually God that they had seen, but instead they saw a group of Elohim who are the representatives of Yahweh, the elohim or angels, who they thought to be equivalent to seeing the Deity Himself. Obviously, it wasn’t the same as “Seeing” the Deity Himself, as they did not die! (Ex. 33:20; John 1:18).

In Exod. 24:10, Moses tells us -- that he and seventy-three others "saw the God of Israel." We should be mistaken, however, if we supposed that he meant they saw the Deity (EL), the Uncreated Eternal Spirit, "Who no man can see Him and live."

 He says they saw "the Elohim of Israel" depositories and embodiments of the Eternal Spirit, who shone out in glory in the presence of the Elders. The appearance under the feet of the Elohim, whose feet were also the feet of the Spirit, and, therefore, styled "His feet, was, as it were, a paved work of sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven for clearness."

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