Lastly, the Devil sinned thus: for it could not be ignorance, they being by creation Angels of light, he fell upon mere envy, in knowledge: whereupon Billius in his Anthologia makes the comparison, between him and Christ: Ille voluit esse supra Angelum, ‘He would be above an Angel,’ sed hic infra hominem, ‘but Christ beneath a man,’ and therefore he became a scorn of men, yea, the very outcast of all people: ille coelum dedignatus est, he disdained heaven, but Christ disdained not to walk on the earth: ille omnibus invidit, he envied all men, and would have them to perish, but Christ ‘Loved all, and would have all to be saved’ [1 Tim 2:4.]: but this malice of Satan could not be in ignorance, but in knowledge.

Samuel Otes, An Explanation of the General Epistle of Saint Iude, (London: Printed by Elizabeth Purstow for Nicholas Bourne, an are to be sold at his Shop, at the South Entrance of the Royall Exchange, 1633), 232.  [Some spelling modernized; marginal reference cited inline; and underlining mine.]

[Note: Spurgeon:  OTES (SAMUEL, the elder). Explanation of Jude in forty-one Sermons. Folio. Lond., 1633.  Of the conforming Puritan style, full of quaintnesses and singularities of learning. A book by no means to be despised. Spurgeon, Commenting and Commentaries. ]

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