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Angels. Ministers for God’s Purposes and People. Misconceptions about Angels. Angels look like people with wings Angels are passive creatures Angels were once humans Everyone has a personal, guardian angel. 2. The Purposes/Work of Angels.

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Angels

Angels

Ministers for God’s Purposes and People


Misconceptions about angels

Misconceptions about Angels

  • Angels look like people with wings

  • Angels are passive creatures

  • Angels were once humans

  • Everyone has a personal, guardian angel

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The purposes work of angels

The Purposes/Work of Angels

  • Ministering spirits, Psa. 104:4; Heb. 1:6-7, 13-14

  • Angel (aggelos): “Messenger”

    • “The word angel is applied in Scripture to an order of supernatural or heavenly beings whose business it is to act as God’s messengers to men, and as agents who carry out His will.” (I.S.B.E.)

    • Messengers and instruments of the Divine will

    • Stand in the presence of God, Luke 1:19

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The origin and nature of angels

The Origin and Nature of Angels

  • Created beings in spirit realm, Psa. 148:1-6

    • Through the Son and for the Son, Col. 1:16

    • Called “sons of God”, Job 38:4-7 (1:6)

    • Above humans, Psa. 8:4-5 (cf. 1 Cor. 6:3)

    • Worship God, Psa. 103:20; Heb. 1:6; Rev. 5:11-12

    • Free will, can sin: No redemption, 2 Pet. 2:4

    • Limited knowledge, Matt. 24:36; 1 Pet. 1:10-12

    • Do not marry, Matt. 22:30

    • Not to be worshiped, Rev. 22:8-9 (5:11-12)

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Are angels active in our lives

Are Angels Active in our Lives?

  • Past: Delivered God’s messages to humans, Heb. 1:1 (Matt. 1:20; Lk. 1:11-20, 26-38)

    • Law of Moses, Acts 7:38, 53; Gal. 3:19; Heb. 2:2

    • Gospel age, Acts 5:19-20; 8:26; 10:3-6; Rev. 1:1

    • Angels not allowed to change revealed truth

      • Men are not to appeal to angels as a source of authority, Gal. 1:8

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Are angels active in our lives1

Are Angels Active in our Lives?

  • Present: Serve before God’s throne on behalf of God’s people, Heb. 1:14

    • Visible activity of angels has ended

    • Fight for God’s people, Rev. 12:7-8 (Dan. 12:1)

  • Future:

    • Attend righteous ones when they die, Lk. 16:22

    • Separate wicked from the just, Matt. 13:49

    • Execute divine wrath at Christ’s return, 2 Ths. 1:7 (Matt. 13:41-42, 50)

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What about guardian angels

What about Guardian Angels?

  • Catholicdefinition: Not in the Bible

    “That every individual soul has a guardian angel has never been defined by the Church, and is, consequently, not an article of faith; but it is the “mind of the Church”, as St. Jerome expressed it: “how great the dignity of the soul, since each one has from his birth an angel commissioned to guard it.” (Comm. in Matt., xviii, lib. II). –Catholic Encyclopedia

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What about guardian angels1

What about Guardian Angels?

  • Bible: Angels, who are in God’s presence, are interested in us, Matt. 18:10

    • Sympathetic to the fortunes of men: Rejoice when sinners repent, Luke 15:10

    • Concerned for our salvation, 1 Pet. 1:12

    • Serve God for God’s people as they are sent forth by God to execute His will and work on our behalf, Heb. 1:14

    • Fellow-servants of God’s servants on earth, Rev. 22:8-9

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An innumerable host

An Innumerable Host

  • The gospel of Christ brings us into the presence of “an innumerable company of angels”, Heb. 12:22-23

  • Angels will be present when Jesus either confesses or denies knowing you, Lk. 12:8-9

  • Confess and worship Jesus now – follow the example of the angels! Rev. 7:11-12

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