It seems everyone today has some Angel story to relate. Maybe they have read a book about Angels. Or seen a movie, or (heaven forbid) read information on a webpage! I am just joking here.
But there really are an amazing number of Angel stories floating about, and an amazing number of people who can tell you all about them. Some from (so called) experience, while others are simply repeating popular folk (maybe that should read – Angel) law.
I too get a warm and fuzzy feeling when putting up pages of text relating to Angels, and I ought to know better.
Angels are a integral and serious part of the Christian Heritage. There are GOOD Angels; they are the ones who unfailingly serve Our God, and there are BAD Angels, who in times past disputed God’s authority, and fell from His grace. The Bible calls the BAD Angels – demons. A writer once mentioned the UGLY ANGELS too, which he described as BAD Angels pretending to be good ones.
While many details about angels are omitted in the Bible, it is important to keep in mind three important elements about the biblical revelation God has given us.
(1) The mention of angels is inclusive in Scripture. Depending on the Bible translation searched, these celestial beings are referred to from 294 to 305 times in the Bible. References to angels occur at least 116 times in the Old Testament and 175 times in the New Testament.
(2) These many references are found in at least 34 books from the very earliest books (whether Job or Genesis) to the last book of the Bible (Revelation).
(3) Finally, there are numerous references to angels by the Lord Jesus, whom Scripture declares to be the creator of all things, which includes angelic beings. Paul wrote, “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities (a reference to angels)—all things have been created by Him and for Him” (Col. 1:16).
Much of the information I am including here is written by J. Hampton Keathley, III, and I am grateful for his insightful article referenced below. I strongly urge you to follow the link and read the entire article when you have time. For the purpose of this blog I will simply include some pertinent facts.
A Simple Definition
Angels are spiritual beings created by God to serve Him, though created higher than man. Some, the good angels, have remained obedient to Him and carry out His will, while others, fallen angels, disobeyed, fell from their holy position, and now stand in active opposition to the work and plan of God.
Angels are created beings
The fact of their creation is brought out in Psalm 148. There the psalmist calls upon all in the celestial heavens, including the angels, to praise God. The reason given is, “For He commanded and they were created” (Ps. 148:1-5).
The time of their creation is never stated, however, we know they were created before the creation of the world. From the book of Job we are told that they were present when the earth was created (Job 38:4-7) so their creation was prior to the creation of the earth as described in Genesis one.
The agent of their creation is specifically stated to be Christ as the One who created all things (cf. John 1:1-3 with Col. 1:16).7
Angels are spirit creatures
Though at times they have been given the ability to reveal themselves in the form of human bodies as in Genesis 18:3, they are described as “spirits” in Hebrews 1:14. This suggests they do not have material bodies as we do. Hence, they do not function as human beings in terms of marriage and procreation (Mark 12:25) nor are they subject to death (Luke 20:36).
(2) All angels were created holy, without sin, and in a state of perfect holiness.
Originally all angelic creatures were created holy. God pronounced His creation good (Gen. 1:31), and, of course, He could not create sin. Even after sin entered the world, God’s good angels, who did not rebel against Him, are called holy (Mark 8:38). These are the elect angels (1 Tim. 5:21) in contrast to the evil angels who followed Satan in his rebellion against God (Matt. 25:41).9
(3) As created beings, they are mere creatures.
They are not divine and are not to be worshipped (see Rev. 19:10; 22:9). As a separate order of creatures, they are both distinct from human beings and higher than humans with powers far beyond our abilities in this present age (1 Cor. 6:3; Heb. 1:14; 2:7). But as creatures they are limited in their powers, knowledge, and activities (1 Peter 1:11-12; Rev. 7:1). Like all of creation, angels are under God’s authority and subject to His judgment (1 Cor. 6:3; Matt. 25:41).
Angels, God’s Ministering Spirits Author: J. Hampton Keathley, III
And just for those of us who want to know for certain that we have a Guardian Angel: AS IF there was ever a doubt!
We know that all children have what we could call guardian angels, as explained by Jesus in the following Bible verse.
10 “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.”
All children are protected until they reach the age of accountability. Once they reach the age of accountability, they need to get right with God to maintain His protection, and go to heaven. You can find out more about children going to heaven on this page by clicking here.
A different verse seems to indicate that adult Christians also have guardian angels.
14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Here, “those who will inherit salvation” refers to adults who have gotten right with God.
(Taken from Frequently asked questions, dealing with Angels)