It seems to me that they observed a militant alignment to Holiness which continues on, just as the fallen observed a militant alignment to unholiness which continues on through their ranks.
It seems appropriate to be grateful to workers of righteousness wherever they are in the orders of creation, as when a faithful soldier is awarded a medal for service.
It seems likely that belovedness is reserved between redeemed image bearers and God, otherwise something like trafficking is afoot.
My apologies for any hazards. I'm trying to sort, shelve and flush each thought as appropriate.