Apparently, angles have the desire to understand God’s way. The meaning of the phrase “eagerly watching” implies observing with intensity and effort. Perhaps angels study God’s ways to marvel more fully at His grace and power. On this model, angles are like intelligent and gifted apprentices who eagerly seek to understand the mind of the Master.

Perhaps angels do not actually learn like we do but show an appetite for learning anyhow. If that’s true, angels would be the singular element in all creation that cannot realize their purpose or potential. Such a model, while possible, fails to cohere with one of the purposes expressed in God’s creative plan, the intelligence that seeks understanding is equipped to find it.

1PETER 1:12 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.

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