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Angel and its Job

Post  ChristianLady on Wed 05 Nov 2008, 1:38 pm

An angel is, by definition, a messenger. The Bible has over three hundred references to angels, and defines two groups of angelic messengers. Heavenly angels carry out the commands of God, while fallen angels carry out acts of deceit and wickedness.

The Bible details the job description of God's angels: "Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word" (Psalm 103:20). The angels of God are always ready and available to obey His commands! They are strong and competent to carry out their next assignment from God's throne. But what exactly are angels assigned to do?

The Lord "maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire" (Psalm 104:4). These angels are "all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation" (Hebrews 1:14). In other words, angels are sent out from the throne room of God "because of the ones being about to inherit salvation." Wow! Our Creator God, who so loved the world, has not only brought salvation to us through Jesus Christ but also made angels to be His ministering spirits for us, the heirs of salvation!

Angels are heavenly spirit beings created by God, through Jesus Christ. "For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible...all things were created by him and for him: and he is before all things, and by him all things consist"(Colossians 1:16-17; also see Nehemiah 9:6). Angels are helpers, guardians, proclaimers of news, and agents of both the mercy of God and the wrath of God.

The Bible is not clear on when God created angels, but we do know that by the sixth day of creation, "the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them" (Genesis 2:1). We also know that angels were present when God laid the foundations of the earth (Job 38:4-7) and they rejoiced to see His creative work.

scripture is mostly silent on the nature and origin of angels, for such information would distract us from the Bible's theme of God's salvation plan for mankind. But we are told how angels were created: "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth" (Psalm 33:6).

Angels possess intelligence superior to that of humans (II Peter 2:11). They are not limited by an earthly body and can move instantly through space. In fact, in a single instant, an angel can come from the highest heaven down to earth or go from one end of the universe to the other.

These powerful beings stood by, ready to assist Jesus Christ when He faced the agony of a tortuous death. Jesus said, "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?" (Matthew 26:53)

Angels are completely subject to Jesus and "all the angels of God worship Him" (Hebrews 1:6). In fact, ever since Jesus ascended into heaven and sat on the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers became subject to Him (I Peter 3:22).

What Do Angels Do?

As ministering spirits, angels carry out the commands of God pertaining to the heirs of salvation. This involves warning, guiding, protecting, comforting, providing, and delivering the children of God according to His perfect will. "The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them" (Psalm 34:7; also see Psalm 91:11).

It is intriguing to read biblical accounts of angelic interaction with humans, and it is especially interesting to note how people responded. Were they afraid? Terrified? Did they even know it was an angel who was speaking to them? Regardless, whether angels appeared in dreams, visions, or in human form, the result was miraculous protection and provision.

Here we encounter a question that many of us ask at one time or another: When tragedies happen, where are angels? And, where is God when the wickedness of man causes innocent people to die? The answer is that we cannot see all the warfare that goes on in the spiritual realm. There are, in fact, angels unseen even in such painful times, bringing assurance, protection, comfort, and guidance to certain ones as directed by the wisdom and sovereignty of God. We can trust our faithful Creator to make all things right in the end.

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Post  thirsty on Wed 05 Nov 2008, 5:20 pm

Thank you for sharing such an interesting information. Blessings in Christ

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