5 For God never said to any angel what He said to Jesus: “You are My Son. Today I have become Your Father.”
God also said, “I will be His Father, and He will be My Son.”
6 And when He brought His supreme Son into the world, God said, “Let all of God’s angels worship Him.”
7 Regarding the angels, He says, “He sends His angels like the winds, His servants like flames of fire.”
8 But to the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, endures forever and ever. You rule with a scepter of justice. 9 You love justice and hate evil. Therefore, O God, Your God has anointed You, pouring out the oil of joy on You more than on anyone else.”
10 He also says to the Son, “In the beginning, Lord, You laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with Your hands. 11 They will perish, but You remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing. 12 You will fold them up like a cloak and discard them like old clothing. But You are always the same; You will live forever.”
13 And God never said to any of the angels, “Sit in the place of honor at My right hand until I humble Your enemies, making them a footstool under Your feet.”
14 Therefore, angels are only servants — spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation. ~ Hebrews 1:5-14 NLT ~
Many people today really seem to be infatuated with angels. A Harris Poll given on November 2 & 11, 2009, online to 2,303 adults, found that 72% of all adults, regardless of their religious faith or lack of it, believed in angels. People are always posting stories about angels, or pretty pictures of angels. Before we go into this study, let’s discover what exactly, an angel is…
The word angel comes from the Greek word, anggelos, which means, “a messenger, envoy, one who is sent, an angel, a messenger from God.“ I find it very interesting that many people believe in angels, even though they don’t believe in God, especially in light of what the word angel means. Seriously, how can you have a messenger without the Sender of the message, who is superior to the messenger… and how do you have a created being without the Creator?
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, 16 for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see — such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him. ~ Colossians 1:15-16 NLT ~
“You alone are the Lord.
You have made the heavens,
The heaven of heavens with all their host,
The earth and all that is on it,
The seas and all that is in them.
You give life to all of them
And the heavenly host bows down before You.
~ Nehemiah 9:6 NASB ~
Lots of people have a lot of different ideas about angels, some are crazy mixed up ideas, and others are biblical and true. There are many who believe that angels are eternal beings who have always existed, but that’s not what the Scriptures tell us. The bible tells us that the Angels were created by God. The were created by God through Christ and for Him. Therefore, angels have not always existed…
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ~ Genesis 1:1 NLT ~
4 “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you know so much. 5 Who determined its dimensions and stretched out the surveying line? 6 What supports its foundations, and Who laid its cornerstone 7 as the morning sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? ~ Job 38:4-7 NLT ~
Although we don’t know the exact time when the angels were created, we do know that they were created before God created the earth… The closest we can come to actually knowing when the angels were created, is when we look at Genesis 1, where it says, “In the beginning God created the heavens…”, because when God created the earth, “the morning stars (another term for angels) sang together, and the angels shouted for joy.” Let’s look at some of the things people believe, and see if it lines up with what God’s word says about them…
A common belief that many people, both Christians and non-Christians, have is that everyone has a guardian angel. Is this true?
Nowhere in the bible, does it specifically mention guardian angels. However, although the bible does not say that everyone has a guardian angel, many people believe that everyone has one because of what Jesus said to His disciples when they asked Him who would be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
“Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of My heavenly Father.” ~ Matthew 18:10 NLT ~
While Jesus said nothing about guardian angels, His statement implies that there are angels assigned to each child. Jesus did not go into detail about this, therefore it would be nothing but conjecture to claim what duties these angels are assigned to do. Also, it would only be pure speculation to try to guess how many angels are assigned to each child.
So, from Matthew 18:10, we know that children have angels assigned to them, but what about adults? Do the angels that are assigned to us as children remain with us until we die? Are they just assigned to us until we grow up?
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. ~ Psalm 91:11 NASB ~
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. ~ Psalm 34:7 NASB ~
“You’re out of your mind!” they said. When she insisted, they decided, “It must be his angel.” ~ Acts 12:15 NLT ~
The scriptures above imply that there are angels who watch over the people of God. Psalm 91:11 states that the Lord gives the angels the responsibility of guarding His people in all their ways, while Psalm 34:7 says that God’s angel encamps (settles) around those who fear Him.
Since non-Christians don’t fear the Lord, and this scripture establishes the fact that God’s angel settles around those who fear Him, it is safe to conclude that non-Christians (with the possible exception of the Jews who fear the Lord) do not have an angel who watches over them.
Still, there are many who believe in angels, but not in God, their Creator, and they believe that they have guardian angels assigned to protect them and watch over them. However, when you think about it, it simply isn’t logical to even think that God would assign His angels to guard or protect His enemies…
He who is not with Me is against Me; and he who does not gather with Me scatters. ~ Matthew 12:30 NASB ~
Acts 12:15 tells the story of when Peter had been arrested right after James had been martyred, and an angel of the Lord came and freed him from the prison. After being freed, Peter went to where the other apostles were staying, and knocked on the door. A servant answered Peter’s knock, and in her excitement, slammed the door in his face and ran to tell the others that Peter was at the door. The others shook their heads and told her she was crazy, and that it must be Peter’s angel. This seems to imply that there was an angel assigned to Peter, which begs the question, do all Christians have an angel(s) assigned to us?
Judging from the scriptures above, it seems very likely, however, there is no specific scripture that plainly tells us this is so. Therefore, I won’t presume to make that claim. Let’s see what else people believe about angels and whether it is biblically true or not…
Many people, both Christians and non-Christians alike, believe that when they die, they will become angels. What do you believe?
Firstly, although both man and the angels were created by God, it was man alone, who was said to have been created in the image of God. To man alone, God gave dominion over the earth, not to the angels. Furthermore, it was mankind only, who God commanded to procreate…
26 Then God said, “Let Us make human beings in Our image, to be like Us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along on the ground. 27 So God created human beings in His own image. In the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.
29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. 30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
31 Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day. ~ Genesis 1:26-31 NLT ~
Scripture records that not only did God create man in His own image, but He did something else for mankind alone, that He didn’t do for any of the animals that He created. It is this unique quality that sets us apart from every other animal. For though animals have a soul, they do not possess a spirit…
Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person. ~ Genesis 2:7 NLT ~
It was into man alone that God breathed the breath (spirit) of life. Just as we give mouth to mouth resuscitation to a person who has stopped breathing and is in danger of death, so our Creator breathed life into us. The Hebrew word used for breath in this verse is nĕshamah, which means:
- breath, spirit
- breath (of God)
- breath (of man)
- every breathing thing
- spirit (of man)
So, does this mean that the angels are not created in God’s image? We’ll examine this, and other angelic facts, further in our next post, and we will also answer the question, “Do people become angels when they die?…”
Cheryl A. Showers
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