Angelic Messengers

“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”  Hebrews 1:14

I have heard this story on several occasions, as many have shared it.  It speaks of the supernatural work of angels and how they aid God’s people:

“John Paton was a missionary in the New Hebrides Islands.  One night hostile natives surrounded the mission station, intent on burning out the Patons and killing them.  Paton and his wife prayed during that terror-filled night that God would deliver them.  When daylight came, they were amazed to see their attackers leave.  A year later, the chief of the tribe was converted to Christ.  Remembering what had happened, Paton asked the chief what had kept him from burning down the house and killing them.  The chief replied in surprise, ‘Who were all those men with you there?’  Paton knew no men were present, but the chief said he was afraid to attack because he had seen hundreds of big men in shining garments with drawn swords circling the mission station.” 

For some, this would seem hard to believe, but the Bible makes it clear in the verse above that these beings are sent by God to help us.  We are not alone.  Let’s look at this verse and see what angels are all about.

First of all, they are ministering spirits.  This means they do not possess a body, but can indeed take on a body if God wants them to.  They serve.  Who do they serve?  Well, they serve God, but God often sends them on missions to serve His people, the church.  That should bring comfort to every child of God.

When God’s children set out to fulfill God’s will, they will be attacked by the enemy.  One of the ways God protects His servants is through angels.  While we cannot ordinarily see them, they are all around us.  Some have even spoken of a guardian angel that accompanies every believer.  The biblical teaching on angels should provide us much comfort every day.

Secondly, they specifically are sent to serve.  As we mention above, they do serve God’s people.  In fact, they also serve and praise God continually (Revelation 5:11-12).  In ruling the universe, God employs many agents including angels to accomplish His purposes.  We should draw comfort from this, and never feel alone.

Think how many times you’ve had a narrow miss on the freeway, or have been delivered from harms way just at the last second.  Without knowing it, angels have come to our rescue time and time again.

Three things to remember:

1) One day we will rank above angels, and in a sense they will serve us for all eternity.  We should rejoice that God takes such great care of us.

2) We need not fear things in this life, as if we had no protection.  We do have plenty of protection in the form of angels.  No insurance policy could ever rival the protection we have in Christ.

3) We should follow the lead of angels, and serve God.  They never cease serving and praising God day and night, nor should we.  Let’s not grow weary in well doing, and remember God created angels to help us along life’s journey.


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