How much do you know about angels? How often do you even think about angels? It is interesting how the subject of angels is one that is found all throughout the Bible. It is topic that God wants us to have to some understanding of.
Consider 10 facts the Bible gives us about angels:
- Fact #1: angels are real. They are not mythical imaginary creatures like unicorns and fairies. Instead they are real created beings by God (Psalm 148:1, 5; Colossians 1:16). The fact that angels are created shows us that they are not deity. They are not self-existent like the persons who make up the Godhead (Psalm 90:2).
- Fact #2: angels are very powerful and mighty (Psalm 103:20; 2 Peter 2:11). There was a time when an angel killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in one night! This action saved the kingdom of Judah from going into captivity during Hezekiah’s reign (Isaiah 37:36-37). If one angel could do this much damage, what do you think 72,000 (12 legions) angels could have done when Jesus was being arrested in the garden? See Matthew 26:53.
- Fact #3: angels are limited in knowledge. Unlike God, angels are not all knowing. They do not know when the Lord will return and the world will end (Matthew 24:36). They also did not understand the plan of God for our salvation until it was fully revealed (1 Peter 1:12).
- Fact #4: angels are spirit beings (Hebrews 1:13-14). This means that they possess a nature that is perfectly suited for heaven. This explains why Luke refers to them as “heavenly” (Luke 2:13). Being heavenly means that angels have no earthly substance (unlike humans). And yet, there are many times in the Bible when they appeared as men (Genesis 19:1-5; Matthew 28:1-2; Mark 16:5; Luke 24:4; John 20:11-12).
- Facts #5: angels carry out the will of God (Psalm 103:20). In the past God used angels to make announcements or give instructions (Luke 1:26-27; 2:8-13), deliver His people from troubles (Daniel 6:22; Acts 12:5-9), execute judgment on evil men (Psalm 78:43, 49), and reveal His will (Zechariah 1:9; Galatians 3:19; Hebrews 2:2; Acts 7:53).
- Facts #6: angels have the power of free will. Instead of being spiritual robots, angels possess the ability to make choices. Some have even chosen to rebel against God (Matthew 25:41; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6).
- Facts #7: angels serve us every day! They are constantly doing things for us that we are completely unaware of. While the precise elements and activities of their ministering are not revealed in the scriptures, we should nevertheless be thankful that God is using them to help us in our lives. We can’t see them, but they are constantly rendering service for us (Hebrews 1:14).
- Fact #8: angels have a special interest in our salvation. Just like the prophets in the Old Testament desired to know God’s complete plan for our redemption, the angels did too (1 Peter 1:10-12). They rejoice when sinners come to God (Luke 15:8-10). They will be present when we stand before Jesus on the Judgment Day (Luke 12:8-9). It is sad that many times angels seem to be more concerned about us being heaven than we are!
- Fact # 9: angels will liberate us from the earth. They will come with Jesus when He returns and the world is destroyed (Matthew 25:31-32). Jesus will then use them to separate the faithful from the unfaithful (Matthew 13:36-43). Several other verses in the New Testament emphasize these truths (1 Thessalonians 4:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
- Fact #10: Even though they are higher than us (Hebrews 2:6-7), angels are not to be worshiped. God the Father is to be worshipped (Matthew 4:10). Jesus is to be worshipped (Matthew 14:33; 28:16-17). The Apostle John tried to worship an angel and was told not to (Revelation 22:8-9).
There are many things about angels that we need to be impressed with. But above being impressed with these spirit beings, we need to be more impressed with Jesus! Jesus is above angels (Hebrews 1:13). Angels worship Jesus and are in subjection to Him (Hebrews 1:3-6). Jesus is the Savior, King, Lord, and Redeemer! Unlike angels, Jesus is the source of our salvation (Revelation 1:5)!
Let us not to get so mesmerized with angels, that we take our focus off Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). There is nothing wrong with studying what the Bible says about angels and even being impressed with what they can do. But let us always remember that Jesus is who we must submit to and put our complete trust in (Matthew 28:18).
By Shawn Jeffries