Messengers of God
|Who or what are Angels?
Verse: But we see Jesus, who
was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death,
crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste
death for every man. [Hebrews 2:9]
Angels are a creation of God which were
created a little higher than man. We find this in the book of
Psalms in a description of our Lord Jesus Christ when He was a man.
What is man, that thou art mindful
of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast
made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory
and honour. [Psalms 8:4-5]
The word Angel means messenger. The Bible does not describe the
exact nature of Angels but rather describes their relation to God, Jesus
Christ, and man. Angels are given a work to do which is to be
ministering spirits. This is described in the book of Hebrews.
And of the angels he saith, Who
maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
Are they not all ministering
spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of
salvation? [Hebrews 1:14]
The exact function of God's messengers are not spelled out in specific
detail. Rather they are presented as doing Gods bidding, whatever
that may be. They appear as helpers and protectors of people in
need, as proclaimers of news, delivering revelations for God, and as
guides and guardians.
Some people believe Angels are people that have died and gone on to
heaven. While this cannot be found in the Bible, there is a
promise that we will be made equal to the angels after the
resurrection. This is found in Luke when the Sadducees questioned
Jesus on how marriage would work after people are resurrected.
And Jesus answering said unto them,
The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But
they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the
resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in
marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto
the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the
resurrection. [Luke 20:34-36]
Classification of Angels
There are two classes of Angels.
There are the good Angels who follow God's will. There is also a
second class of fallen Angels which have sinned and been cast out of
Heaven along with their leader the devil. They are deceitful,
familiar spirits whose work is to hinder salvation. This can be
found in the book of Revelation.
And there was war in heaven: Michael
and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his
angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in
heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent,
called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was
cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
These fallen angels are hard at work today trying to turn mankind from
the teachings of Christ.
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly,
that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed
to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; [1 Timothy 4:1]
Angels are creations of God placed in
the divine order between man and Christ and are numerous. There
are good angels who follow the will of God and bad angels who follow
Satan. Angels are marvelous creatures, encompassed with splendor
and glory. They are a God given source of inspiration of strength,
inspiration, and encouragement to the faithful.