God places them in charge of us to protect and watch over us (Psalm 91:11). They rejoice whenever sinners repent (Luke 15:10). Jesus said that there are angels in heaven who are always beholding the face of God (Matthew 18:10). Angels are strong and powerful and sometimes sent to rescue people (Daniel 6:19-22, Acts 12:11). We were created lower than the angels, (Psalm 8:5) but it is written that we will judge them one day (1 Corinthians 6:3).
Angels do not marry or reproduce (Matthew 22:30, Mark 12:25, Luke 20:34-36) and they are not all alike. There are tens of thousands of them (Hebrews 12:22, Daniel 7:10). There are worker angels, archangels, seraphim, cherubim and some are identified with personal names. Many have wings and are described like winds, flames of fire, lightening and having the likeness of a man and are sometimes seen dressed in white (Isaiah 6:2,6, Ezekiel 1:5-6, Psalm 104:4, Hebrews 1:7, Matthew 28:3, Mark 16:5, John 20:12, Revelation 4:4).
There are times when we may entertain angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:2, Genesis 18:1-2). Angels have delivered good news (Luke 1:11-13, Luke 1:26-31, Luke 2:9-12, Matthew 28:1-7, Matthew 28:5-7). Sometimes they offer comfort, strength and encouragment (Acts 27:23-26, Matthew 4:10-11, Luke 22:43,). They carry out God's commands and sometimes they engage in battle (Exodus 23:20-21, 2Kings 19:35, Revelation 12:7). Angels may also escort us to our heavenly home (Luke 16:22).
Angels sing and shout for joy in recognition of God's work (Job 38:7). They worship Jesus as God has commanded them (Hebrews 1:6). Angels do not want us to worship them (Revelation 22:8-9). The Apostle Paul says that angels must never be worshipped (Colossians 2:18). God commands that we worship only Him (Exodus 20:3-5). Angels are not mediators between us and God. For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1Timothy 2:5).
Angels desire to know more about our salvation (1Peter 1:12). They do not know the day of the Lord's return. It is written that no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father (Mark 13:32). Angels will rejoice over peoples salvation by saying, worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing (Revelation 5:9-14). God's angels speak only words that are trustworthy and true (Revelation 19:9, 22:6).
May the music of the heavens,
May each step that you are taking,
May the gift of true contentment,
And everywhere you travel,
May angels keep guard over you,
Copyright ©1996 Allison Chambers Coxsey
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
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