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What are the angels and the archangels

What are the angels and the archangels What are the angels and the archangels

The angels and archangels are according to the gospel spirits administrators: Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?, Hebrews 1:14. That is, they are administrators of the divine wisdom, this administration can consist of contemplation: "angels enjoy a holy and pious contemplation", Summa Theologiae Q 58, A1, or reveal, communicate to men the mysteries of God: "the prophets are instructed by the angels" Summa Theologiae Q 57 A5.
The celestial minds or understandings serve to the perfection of the universe and the divine providence, their study is fundamental in the scholastic theology.
Angel means messenger (Summa Theologiae Q 108, A5), and Thomas Aquinas explains: "The ecclesiastical hierarchy is derived from the celestial hierarchy" Q 106 A 3, that is, exists in the empyrean heaven a hierarchy of celestial spirits, the first hierarchy is: the seraphim, cherubim and thrones; the second hierarchy or principality: dominations, virtues and powers; the third: principalities, archangels and angels.
The first principality is in the old testament, the second and third hierarchy of celestial beings is due to Ephesians 1:21: "God constituted Christ as man over all principality, and power, and virtue, and dominion" (Q. 108, A2); and the Letter to the Colossians: "For him all things where created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominations or principalities, or powers; all things have been created for him", Colossians 1:16.
Thomas Aquinas reminds us: "to the saints is promise equality with the angels" Summa Theologiae Q 62, A 5, that is to say, that by eternal life we are participants in the life of the angels, holiness consist to receive the eternal life . And what is eternal life? Very simple, the same knowledge of God: "this is eternal life that they may know you the only true God", John 17: 3.
This is why we can affirm that the goal of the spiritual life is the neighborhood, the communion with the angels and the celestial spirits.

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