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Angels-Their Nature

In Angels on January 24, 2011 at 6:27 pm

ANGELS are real, spiritual beings, intensely interested in the plan of redemption, and constantly employed in the service of God. We are not left in uncertainty regarding them. The Bible tells us what they are as well as what they are not.  Angels are created beings, made before the world was formed. Touching upon this point, the apostle Paul says, “For by Him [Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers [different orders of angels]: all things were created by Him, and for Him.” (Col. 1: 16)

According to John 1: 1-3, 10, the world and all it contains were created by Christ (the Word), for “all things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” The angels are, therefore, created beings.   Christ is the only being begotten of the Father.

(Col. 1: 16) takes us back into the unknown ages, before the world was formed, and tells us that all things, animate and inanimate, including the angels, were created by the word spoken by Christ. The text closes with the statement that “all things were created by Him, and for Him.” And verse 17 adds, “He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” The earth and all the planets of the universe are held in place, and perform their circuits, by “the word of His power.” The millions of heavenly angels owe their existence to His creative word. It is His hand that maintains the order of heaven, and directs the work of the vast hosts of heavenly messengers.  In God’s answer to Job, He says, “Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth, . . . when the morning stars [the angels] sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (Job 38:4, 7) There was great rejoicing in heaven when the earth was made, and the angels were there to swell the anthem of universal praise to the Creator.  The angels are many times mentioned in the Bible as intelligent, tangible, spiritual beings. They are similar to human beings in general appearance. They have body and parts, but are of a higher order than men.  The psalmist says of man, “Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels.” (Ps. 8:5) Of the Redeemer the apostle testifies, “Verily He took not on Him the nature of angels [superior, heavenly beings]; but He took on Him the seed of Abraham” [the nature of man].( Heb. 2:16)

Angels, however, were placed on probation the same as man. This is evidenced by the fact that a vast host of them joined with Satan in his rebellion against God, and were cast out of heaven, thus ending their probation. See Rev. 12: 7-9.   Jude says that these evil angels who “kept not their first estate” are reserved “unto the judgment of the great day.” vs. 6. 

Angels of God are not mere ghosts, or phantoms, as is generally taught: they are real, personal, material beings. Angels are sent on missions of mercy to the children of God. To Abraham, with promises of blessing; to the gates of Sodom, to rescue righteous Lot from its fiery doom; to Elijah, as he was about to perish from weariness and hunger in the desert; to Elisha, with chariots and horses of fire surrounding the little town where he was shut in by his foes; to Daniel, while seeking divine wisdom in the court of a heathen king, or abandoned to become the lions’ prey; to Peter, doomed to death in Herod’s dungeon; to the prisoners at Philippi; to Paul and his companions in the night of  on the sea; to open the mind of Cornelius to receive the gospel; to dispatch Peter, with the message of salvation to the Gentile stranger,—thus holy angels have, in all ages, ministered to God’s people.

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