GOD'S HEAVENLY MESSENGERS
Sunday, October 22, 2017
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“Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his heavenly hosts … Let them praise the name of the Lord, for he commanded and they were created.” Psalm 148:2 & 5

On the other side of the spectrum of the devil and demons, there has always been a great deal of interest in angels; some of it good, and some of it not so good. What God has revealed we may know and believe with confidence, but what He has not revealed, we must be very cautious about. So what does God tell us about angels?

The word “angel” literally means “messenger”, and this is how we are to understand them, as messengers or representatives of God. They belong to the heavenly court and are created beings. Colossians 1:16 says, “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…” Angels pre-date the physical universe and therefore pre-date humanity. This is clearly evidenced when God asks Job, "Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation… while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?" (Job 38:4)

Angels are an altogether different species to humanity. We cannot see them as human beings with wings. They are sexless, neither male nor female, and can never die. Luke, speaking of Christians after the resurrection of the dead, says, "…and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels" (Luke 20:35). Humanity is lower than the angels, but with privileges angels do not have. 1 Peter 1:12 tells us there are things that even angels long to look into but are unable to; the fact that human beings may be indwelt by the Holy Spirit and be united with Christ. Angels do not experience salvation or the transformation that takes place in Christ.

Scripture tells us three things we must not do concerning angels. We are not to pray to them. 1Timothy 2:5 says there is one mediator between God and men who is Jesus Christ. Angels act under God’s authority, and it is God who hears and answers prayers. Secondly, we are not to worship angels. "Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize" (Colossians 2:18). We can admire what God has created, but to worship what God has created is sin. Thirdly, we are not to seek angels. Angels do not act on our initiative, but on God’s initiative and are usually sent without us knowing.

There are 24 separate occasions in Scripture of angels making visitations to earth. In addition, there are more than 300 references to angels in 34 books of the Bible. Angels are God’s representatives, and some of their biggest work is yet to come in preparing for that climatic event in history when they will accompany Jesus Christ on His return to earth.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for allowing us the privilege not even angels have – the gift of salvation and being indwelt by You. Thank You also for the work of angels on our behalf.


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