Partake – Words In Scripture Explored – Angel
Gday and welcome to WISE! The word for today is Angel.
Lorna Byrne claims in a recent article in the Daily Telegraph, that for her, “seeing angels is natural”…
Bookshops are filled with books on Angels! But we must beware, for not all angels are good! We know from the Bible that there are good angels and bad angels.
From the Bible, we know that angels are created beings (Psalm 148v2-5) possibly created before humanity (Job38v7). We know that angels carry God’s message (Luke 1)
Hebrews 1v14 tells us that they serve humans who are inheriting salvation! They appear in human form, as in Abraham’s visitor (Genesis). Whilst they are genderless, they invariably when appearing to people have masculine names such as Michael and Gabriel. They do not die (Luke 20v36), or marry (Mark 12v25).
Being personal and intelligent, they communicate with humans. They have a will (2 Peter 2v4), are separate from humanity (1 Corinthians 6v3) and powerful yet also finite. There are large companies of angels (Revelation 5v11), which are organized into ranks! For example: Michael the archangel (Jude 9) and legions of angels (Matthew 26v53). God’s Angels constantly rejoice at God’s work (Revelation 5v11-12); and at a sinner’s conversion (Luke 15v10).
Bad angels are often referred to as demons. The Bible says that some angels rebelled against God and were put out of heaven (2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6; Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28). Their leader is satan who has established his kingdom on earth, and is the “god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). They know Jesus and His authority and also know their eternal fate is destruction and torment (Matthew 8v29-31). Because of this, they want to take as many humans with them as possible. So they tempt humans to disobey God (Genesis 3); possess people (Mark 5) and give inspiration to false teachers (Galatians 1v8). They seek to hinder God’s program and hatefully oppose all God’s of work and God’s people (Mark 4:15; Job 2:4-5).
How can we know the difference between good angels and bad angels? We listen to what they are telling us. If what they say is bringing all glory to God and to Jesus Christ, and they are always giving the glory to God, then they must be from God. If everything they say or do doesn’t match this standard, then they cannot be from God.
Finally, the job of spreading the Gospel is not for angels. It is for Christian Disciples to do as commanded by Jesus (Matthew 28v18-20). God obviously thinks it is a much more efficient and effective method, than getting angels to do it! That method involves you – going to tell somebody else the glorious message of salvation through Jesus Christ alone.