by Larry Sitz
Kedron Church of Christ
I have noticed lately that there are many people who have a preoccupation with angels. We see pictures, figurines, and jewelery all representing angels. Some are so much into angels to the point that it appears to be a form of worship. Since I didn’t know much about angels, I decided to read and study on them. The first place I looked was the bible. The bible makes reference to angels at least 300 times. Angels are spirit beings, unlike man, who is a physical being with a spiritual soul. God created both and apparently they are free moral agents, just as man is. Some remained loyal to God and some rebelled (II Peter 2:4). We learn from the scriptures that angels are messengers of God. On numerous occasions God used angels to bring messages to man ( Matt. 1:20). We also see that angels are instruments of God’s hand to carry out his work (I Chron.21:15). Since both man and angels were created by God, they are both subservient to him. At times in the scriptures angels have taken on the physical resemblance of man (Gen. 19:1), and many other shapes to accomplish God’s work (Ex. 3:2). Angels are greater in power than man (II Peter 2:11). Although most people seem to envision angels in the female form, I can only find mention of the masculine form in the scriptures. Heb.1:14, in speaking of angels says, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them that shall be heirs of salvation?” We know that angels are certainly interested in the welfare of man for we read, “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents (Luke 15:10). Some even contend that each saved one has a guardian angel assigned to him or her. I can’t find this specifically stated, but they may be referring to Matt. 18:10, where Jesus states, “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” In light of this verse we do see that the saved have a special connection to angels, but in what manner and to what extent we are not told. However angels may interact with our lives, it in no way alters our own responsibility, to adhere to and carry out the commandments of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May each of us so strive to do. I pray that each of you have a safe and blessed week.
We invite all who would, to come together with us each Sunday morning at Kedron on the Coopertown Road, Russellville, Kentucky, to worship God in spirit and in truth. We neither add to God’s word or take from it. Bible study at 10:00 and Worship at 11:00.
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