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Ron Writes

Angels

The Bible is full of angels. They appear in 34 of the 66 books of the Bible. Jesus refers to angels almost 22 times. Angels appear to Abraham, Moses, Gideon, David, Elijah and others. Angels are real.

At Jesus’ birth they appeared to Zacharias, Joseph, Mary and the Shepherds. In Gethsemane, they came to strengthen Jesus. Jesus was aware of their presence and availability. When Peter pulls out his sword, Jesus reminds him that he can appeal to His father and receive over 12 legions of angels. Angels appeared to the women at the tomb.

Acts is full of angels. An angel released the apostles from prison (5:19). An angel directed Philip to the road to Gaza (8:26). An angel appeared to Cornelius in a dream (10:3). An angel appeared to Peter and released him from prison (12:7). An angel strikes Herod down dead (12). An angel appears to Paul (27:23).

They have feelings for they rejoice when sinners repent (Lk. 15). They are curious as they longed to understand what the prophets were predicting (1 Pet. 1:12). Angels render service for Christians (Heb. 1:14). There are guardian angels (Ps. 91:11-12; Mt. 18:10) and we are told, “the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and rescues them” (Ps. 34:7). The Hebrew writer also admonishes us “to show hospitality to strangers for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it” (Heb. 13:2).

When Lazarus died angels carried him to Abraham’s bosom (Lk. 16:22). Angels will be with Jesus when he comes again (1 Thes. 4:16).

Angels are reminders of God’s care. God is invisible, but he’s not inactive. As wonderful as angels are, they’re not God. They don’t compare with Jesus. “No angel could His place have taken, highest of the high though he.” Angels worship Jesus (Heb. 1:6). Angels don’t compare to the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. We don’t worship angels. There’s a lot about angels that we don’t know or understand, but we believe!

Angels are real!