What Do You Know About Angels?

Angels We Have Heard on Highby Pastor Gary L.W. Johnson creationrevolution.com

Angels are everywhere. There are movies about them. There are television programs devoted to them. Time and Life have cover stories about angels and there are books galore on the subject.[i] Simply type in the word Angel in Google search, and entry after entry pops up. One very popular site, Beliefnet.com has daily readings from your personal guardian angel! Or how about a visit from the guardian Angel of your beloved dead pet! This website does not advertise itself as being distinctively Christian, rather they are “a multifaith e-community designed to help you meet your own religious and spiritual needs – in an interesting, captivating and engaging way. We are independent and are not affiliated with a particular religion or spiritual movement.” Christians, however, should not conclude that the present public fascination with angels is necessarily a good thing in and of itself.[ii] The so-called New Age movement, with its decidedly pagan origins, is obsessed with angels. Mormonism, as most of you know, got its start with a message from the angel Moroni. The Scriptures warn us that our arch-foe Satan masquerades as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). The Bible does have a lot to say about angels. We know, for instance, that there are a lot of them (Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 5:11). We discover that they are created beings (Psalm 148:2-5; Colossians 1:16). Some of their number fell from their original state of holiness (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6). Angels are described as spirits (Hebrews 1:4), although when they appear, they do so in bodily form (Luke 24:4; Matthew 28:2-5). Sometimes their appearance is not accompanied with visual splendors (Hebrews 13:2). Angels are not all-knowing (Matthew 24:36; 1 Peter 1:12) or all-powerful (Psalm 103:20; 2 Peter 2:11), and they are not glorified human beings (1 Corinthians 6:3; Hebrews 1:14). They do a number of things. They constantly serve and worship God (Matthew 18:10; Hebrews 1:6). They minister to and protect God’s people (Hebrews 1:14; Genesis 19:11; Psalm 91:11; Daniel 3:28; 6:22; Acts 5:19; 27:23), and they have a role in God’s judgment (2 Thessalonians 1:7; Revelation 15-16). When we turn our attention to the life of Christ, we discover that angels were involved in foretelling His birth to Joseph and Mary (Matthew 1:20-24; Luke 1:26-38), announcing His advent to the shepherds (Luke 2:8-14), and ministering to Him after His confrontation with Satan in the wilderness (Matthew 4:11).[iii] An angel ministered to Jesus in Gethsemane (Luke 22:43). They were in attendance at the Ascension (Acts 1:9-11) and they will accompany Him at the Second Coming (2 Thessalonians 1:7).

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