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The Ministry of Angels to Christians. Review. In our study of angels we have seen They are servants of God Deliver messages from God (verbal) Deliver “messages” by deed Punishment to evil men Help to righteous men Ministered to Christ by proclamations and support. Introduction.

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review
Review
  • In our study of angels we have seen
    • They are servants of God
    • Deliver messages from God (verbal)
    • Deliver “messages” by deed
      • Punishment to evil men
      • Help to righteous men
    • Ministered to Christ by proclamations and support
introduction
Introduction
  • Christians wonder . . .
    • Do angels still serve today?
    • If so, in what way(s)?
    • After all . . .
  • Titus 3:7
    • We are heirs of salvation
  • Heb 1:14
    • Angels minister to those who will inherit salvation
angels and 1 st century christians
Angels and 1st Century Christians
  • Acts 5:17-20
    • Delivered the 12 from jail
  • Acts 8:26-28 – sent Philip to the eunuch
  • Acts 10:1-8 – sent to tell Cornelius how to find out how to be saved
  • Acts 12:7-11
    • Delivered Peter, but not James
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Angels and 1st Century Christians
  • Acts 12:21-23
    • Struck down Herod for his sin
  • Acts 27:21-24
    • Delivered message of encouragement for Paul
    • Delivered prophecy of events for all
  • Rev 1:1
    • Delivered prophecy of future events for the church
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Angels and 1st Century Christians
  • So angels continued to
    • Bring verbal messages from God
    • Act on behalf of righteous individuals
    • Acts against wicked individuals
  • But what about in teachings? Does the NT teach anything regarding the continued action of angels?
guardian angels
Guardian Angels
  • Who hasn’t heard of this concept?
    • Are their special angels for each person?
      • Or special angels for each Christian?
      • Or a special angel for each person on earth?
  • Matthew 18:10
    • What did Jesus mean?
      • Here is a sampling of ideas from commentators
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Guardian Angels
  • Each child has a guardian angel
    • McGarvey and BW Johnson
  • Each individual has a guardian angel
    • Adam Clarke
  • Each righteous individual has a guardian angel
    • Jameson, Fausset & Brown
    • {Also view held by early Jewish teachers}
  • Angels in general guard the righteous in general
    • Alfred Barnes, AT Robertson
other teachings
Other teachings
  • Lk 15:10 – care about salvation of humans
  • Lk 16:22 – companions for the journey home
  • Heb 13:2 – implies a possibility of entertaining angels unaware
    • So angels could still be active in serving God’s will
    • But will no longer do so openly
    • 2 Cor 11:14 – Satan will openly use that guise
  • Gal 1:8 – No longer bringing verbal messages
  • Revelation 7-11 – Active in the punishment of the evil
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Angels have served God’s people by
    • Delivering verbal messages
    • Helping the righteous
    • Carrying out punishment on the wicked
  • Angels no longer bring verbal messages
    • Because the message is revealed perfectly
  • Angels no longer manifest as angels
    • But are still actively serving those who will inherit salvation (Heb 1:14)
      • (2 Kgs 6:15-17) normally unseen by all
  • Just because we don’t see them, doesn’t mean they aren’t there. It’s part of faith (Heb 11:1)