WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT ANGELS (2)

Part II: THE MINISTRY OF ANGELS

Heb. 1:13-14

q       Angels are ministering spirits.In their natural state, they are invisible.

q       They are servants of Christ and are not to be worshipped.†††††††††† Rev. 19:10; 22:8-9.

q       Angels are sent forth to minister to the children of God as directed by Christ.

q       He sends them forth to do His errands.

- Peter and the apostles were released from prison by an angel.†††† Acts 5:19-20.

- Peter is delivered from prison by an angel. Acts 12:7, 11.

q       Christ sends His angels forth to reveal His will to the child of God. Rev. 1:1.

We have already noted that angels really do exist.Their existence is established both in the Old and New Testaments.

We also pointed out some truths concerning their character.We noted that some of the angels had followed Satan in his rebellion against God and were fallen.

Now letís consider THE MINISTRY OF ANGELS.

I. THE PAST MINISTRY OF ANGELS

A. They were present at creation. Job 38:7.

1. Angels are called ďthe morning starsĒ because they reflect the glory of God.

2. They are called the ďsons of GodĒ because they:

a. Bear much of the image of God.

b. Are with Him in heaven.

c. Serve Him as a son does his father.

B. Angels were present at the giving of the law. Gal. 3:19.

C. Angels announced the birth of Jesus. Lk. 2:8-14.

D. Angels assisted Christ at His temptation. Mt. 4:11.

E. Angels assisted Christ at Gethsemane. Lk. 22:43.

F. Angels announced the resurrection of Christ. Mt. 28:5-6.

G. Angels were present at Christís ascension. Acts 1:9-11.

II. THE PRESENT MINISTRY OF ANGELS

A. They execute Godís will. Ps. 103:20.

B. Angels guard Godís people. Ps. 91:11; 34:7.

C. Angels guide the affairs of nations. Dan. 10:10-21.

D. Angels minister to believers. Heb. 1:14.

III. THE FUTURE MISISTRY OF ANGELS

A. They will appear at the coming of Christ when He comes to judge the world. II Thess. 1:7-10.

B. Angels will assist in the execution of Godís judgment upon the ungodly. Mt. 13:39-42; Mt. 25:31-34, 41, 46.