Angels

 

Greetings precious people. In todayís article, I would like for us to consider a subject that has become very popular in our day, the subject of ĎAngelsí. There have been television shows and movies made about them, many books have been written about them, pictures, paintings, and images of angels are being made and sold by the millions. Angels have become a very popular topic. I would like for us to consider what the Bible, the Word of God, has to say about angels.

The word angel comes from the Greek word angelos, which means messenger, a created being superior to man. They are spirit beings, they have not material bodies as man does, but they can and do assume human form at times. Angels are supernatural beings capable of performing extraordinary feats. One such account is found in 2 Kings 19:35 when the nation of Assyria came against Israel to destroy them and God intervened by sending one of His angels to defend them. "And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the LORD went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand."

They were directed by God to bring news of the conception and birth of Jesus Christ to Mary the mother of Jesus, Joseph the fiancéí of Mary. Angels were also sent to the shepherds that were watching their sheep of Jesusí birth.

We are told in Hebrews 1:14 that angels are ministering spirits, "Are they (angels) not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?"

Notice the angels are here to minister to those that are saved or going to be saved. The Bible has a number of accounts of angels ministering to Godís people. It was an angel that led the servant of Abraham to find a wife for Isaac. An angel delivered Daniel from the mouths of the lions. And it was an angel that comforted Paul when he was in prison for preaching the Gospel.

There is the popular thought that everyone, including those that are not born again, has what is termed a "guardian angel". Though this may sound nice and bring someone comfort, it is not to be found in the Bible. In other words, it is unbiblical and only a nice thought that man has contrived.

Another false idea many have concerning angels is that when a person dies and goes to heaven, they become angels upon arrival or at some point in time soon after. This too is an unbiblical idea and has no Biblical foundation. Angels were created by God and will always be angels. Human beings are also created by God and will always be so though upon arrival in heaven we are given a glorified body that will never know any more pain, sorrow, or death.

It must be understood that there are two types of angels, angels and fallen angels. Fallen angels are those angels that chose to follow Satan in his rebellion against God. These fallen angels are now known as demons or devils. Satan is known by a number of different names, the Serpent, the Devil, the father of lies, the Dragon, and many more. His name prior to his fall was Lucifer. We are given an account of the reason for his fall in Isaiah 14:12-15, "How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: 'I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.' Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, To the lowest depths of the Pit." Pride was the downfall of Satan and the demons that chose to follow him. Pride has also been the downfall of many a man since.

Satan and all his demons are very much opposed to God and His will being accomplished. One of Satanís greatest tools in accomplishing this is through deception. He is the master deceiver. Through deception, he attempts to get people to believe his lie rather than the truth of Godís Word.

Read carefully what Godís Word warns about Satan and his followers. In 2 Corinthians 11:13-15, the Apostle Paul gives powerful insight and warning, "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works."

Satan and his workers are not foolish enough to appear in a red suit, horns, tail, and pitchfork. They come appearing as good and helpful agents. Mixing a little truth with their lies. One of the most common ways this is being done in our day is the great amount importance and attention that is being placed upon angels. People are trusting in angels today for guidance, direction, help, and hope. People are being told to pray to their guardian angel.

This is a big mistake, primarily for two reasons. First, Jesus Christ is the one that we are to be praying to, looking to, and trusting in, not any created being. Jesus is not too busy to hear us and render His help. When we think anything of the sort we expose our ignorance of God and His greatness. Secondly, because of Satanís cleverness and ability to deceive, we can easily be fooled into following his advice rather than God Almightyís. Simply look around and listen to what people are saying and believing and you see the deception that many have fallen into concerning angels.

The Bible does give clear instruction on the function and ministry of these magnificent beings. They are to carry out the good and perfect will of God. They never act contrary to Godís will as revealed in His Word the Bible. Their words and actions will never contradict His Word. They seek no glory for themselves, rather they exist to serve God and do His bidding.

There are two instances in the Book of Revelation where the Apostle John made the mistake of falling down at the feet of an angel to worship him. Listen to the response of the angel. In Revelation 19:10, "And I fell at his (an angel) feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

Dear people, if you are trusting in, looking to, seeking help from angels, STOP! Repent, and turn to Jesus Christ and His Word. He has promised to give you ALL that you need. In 2 Peter 1:2-4, "Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." Donít settle for anything less than the best, Jesus Christ the Lord.

If you have any questions, comments, or prayer requests you can contact me at: Calvary Chapel of Alpine, P.O. Box 1528, Alpine, Ca. 91903 or call 619-445-2589, or e-mail ccalpine@juno.com

Drew Macintyre is pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine