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The Work of Angels


Are angels just sitting around on clouds playing harps? The Bible refers to angels in heaven and on earth. Heaven is the primary abode of the holy angels, but we also read much in the Bible about their activity on earth (Gen. 28:10-17; John 1:51). Basically and essentially, holy angels are God’s ministers that do whatever He commands them to do (Ps. 103:19-22).

The supreme duty of angels is to worship and praise God (Ps. 148:1-6; Heb. 1:6; Rev. 5:11-12; 7:11-12).

God uses angels to execute judgment on the wicked (Gen. 19:1, 12-13; Matt. 13:41-42; Rev. 16:1).

God used angels to minister to Israel (Gen. 32:1-2; Dan. 12:1):
1. Israel received the law by the instrumentality of angels (Acts 7:53; Gal. 3:19)
2. God sent an angel to help Israel take the land of promise (Ex. 33:1-3)
3. They protected God’s prophets (2 Kin. 6:17; Dan. 6:19-24)
4. They brought God’s chastening on them (2 Sam. 24:15-17)
5. They delivered instruction and messages from God (Dan. 7-12; Lk. 1)
6. They watch over the children of the kingdom (Matt. 18:1-10; Heb. 1:14)
7. They carried away the righteous to paradise upon death (Lk. 16:22)
8. They gather Israel from the four winds of the earth (Matt. 24:31)
9. They accompany Christ in His second coming to establish His kingdom in Israel (Matt. 25:31)

Angels ministered to Jesus Christ throughout His earthly life:
1. An angel announced His virgin birth and gave assurance to Joseph (Lk. 1:26-28; Matt. 1:20)
2. An angel warned Mary and Joseph to flee to Egypt and told them when to return (Matt. 2:13, 19)
3. An angel announced His birth to shepherds and angels worshipped Him (Lk. 2:8-15)
4. An angel guided the wise men (Matt. 2)
5. Angels ministered to Jesus after His temptation (Matt. 4:11)
6. An angel strengthened Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane (Lk. 22:43)
7. Angels stood by ready to assist Jesus while on the cross (Matt. 26:53)
8. An angel rolled away the stone of His tomb and announced His resurrection (Matt. 28:1-8)
9. Angels were present at His ascension into Heaven (Acts 1:9-10)

Angels observe the church which is the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 4:9; 11:10; Eph. 3:10). They are not teaching us, we are teaching them! In our next post we will consider what Paul said about angels. 

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