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17th November 2022


Servants to the Saints – Angels

There are around 300 references to angels in the Bible. That is pretty significant.
Jesus is Lord over these powerful spiritual beings who are God’s messengers & servants to the saints.
Angels carry out the Lord’s will, encourage believers & fight spiritual battles (in the heavenlies) on our behalf.
Throughout the Scriptures we are given glimpses of the differing type of angels & a hint at their number.
We are rarely told the names of any angels.


But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. Hebrews 12:22-24


We are not told precisely what angels look like but in most instances they are amazing & magnificent to behold.
People encountering angels often show reverent fear & bow or fall down in their presence (eg Revelation 19:9-10; Luke 2:8-14).
However, their appearance varies & at times they appear in almost human form (Genesis 19). Often disguised much like men.
So much so that some have entertained angels unawares (Hebrews 13:2).

There are however different types of angels revealed in the Bible – some with wings & some without!
The Angel of the Lord is mentioned 78 times (e.g. Genesis 22:15; Judges 6:11-12; Daniel 3:24-25).
Many believe a number of these are Theophanies – a pre-incarnate appearance of Jesus.
We see warrior angels like the archangel Michael (the Prince of Israel) who leads the angel armies to war in the heavenlies against demonic forces (Revelation 12:7-8; Daniel 10:10-20). Gabriel, who announced the birth of both John the Baptist & Christ the Saviour (Luke 1:19 & 26), appears to be a high-ranking messenger angel. The two-winged Cherubim (Genesis 3:24; Exodus 25:18-20) & six-winged Seraphim (Isaiah 6:1-3) who are closely associated with worship. Lucifer (Satan) is chief of the fallen angels. A third of the angels rebelled with him & were cast out of heaven (Revelation 12:14). Apart from these very few of the angels are named. Their function & ministry is more important than their titles or names.
We haven’t mentioned Guardian angels, but we will think about those tomorrow.

The Bible hints at an innumerable host & number of angels (Revelation 5:11-12, 9:16; Daniel 7:18; Hebrews 12:22).
Particularly in the book of Revelation angels are caught up in worship of the Lord. So often crying ‘Holy, Holy, Holy’.
The angels are so often all around us, assisting us but we are unaware of them (2 Kings 6:15-17).
They carry out a vitally important, yet often unseen & invisible, role!!!
Angels will be in the New Creation (Heaven) & will accompany Jesus when he returns to put all things right (Matthew 13:38-40, 16:26; 25:31).
These mighty powerful spiritual beings are following the Lord’s commands to assist & accompany the saint – you & I. Just amazing!!!
Don’t forget the ministry of the angels but keep giving all the glory unto the Lord. Hallelujah!!!


For Reflection

  • How mindful am I of the ministry of angels?
  • How thankful to the Lord am I of the ministry of angels?
  • Meditate upon differing types & functions of the different angels.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for Your angel armies that minster to your children,
Surrounded them with aid & assistance from heaven.
Jesus thank you for the different types of angels,
Each tasked to fulfil Your will by watching over Your people.
Holy Spirit keep my heart thankful & grateful for the ministry of angels,
And like the angels keep we are worshipping, praising & glorifying the Lord.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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