What are three reasons that I believe in angels? Have you read about or heard about circumstances that make you believe in angels, too?
The words “guardian angels” do not appear in scripture, but, even so, God says in His Word about angels, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Heb 1:14). The Greek word “leitourgikos” for “minister” or ministering means “relating to the performance of service” and “employed in ministering,” and, obviously, they are employed by God. That is what the angels did when Jesus came out of the wilderness in His severe test during the temptation of Christ by the Devil where it was written the “angels came and were ministering to him” (Matt 4:11), so they not only ministered to Christ, they minister to believers as well. We’ve possibly entertained angels without even knowing it, so we should be careful how we treat strangers (Heb 13:2).
They Are Messengers
The word angel means messenger from God. Remember what happened to those who were trying to accost and molest the angels when they came to take Lot out of Gomorrah? “And they struck with blindness the men who were at the entrance of the house, both small and great, so that they wore themselves out groping for the door” (Gen 19:11). Jesus also warned anyone who would cause the young children to stumble when He said, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt 18:10). We don’t know if that was a threat that the angels would stand before and protect the children or if they would report what they had seen to God the Father. When Paul was in danger of being shipwrecked along with the entire crew, he reassured them: “Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me” (Acts 27:23-25). We don’t know if they were responsible for the ships safety. Perhaps they only brought a message from God that they would all survive.
They Are Protectors
In Psalm 91:11 it says, “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” and if necessary, “On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone” (Psalm 91:12). More than this, the psalmist writes “The angel of the LORD encamps around them that fear him, and delivers them” (Psalm 34:7), although the “angel of the Lord” may be the Lord Himself as the preincarnate Jesus. In one case, an angel released the apostles from prison, as it is written “the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth, and said, Go, stand and speak in the temple to the people all the words of this life” (Acts 5:19-20). Perhaps if the angel had not freed them, they might have been executed the next morning after trial. We may never know in this life.
We do know that God is the ultimate protector, but we do have angels about us. Whether they are actual guardian angels or not, I don’t know. I haven’t been able to find a specific Bible verse to confirm that, but I do know that by God’s directive, they can be dispensed to protect us. The bottom line is that God is the One Who really is our protector, either by supernatural suspensions of the laws of nature or by dispensing His holy angels. Whatever the case may be for us, I am thankful that we do have these ministering spirits who are designated to minister to the believers. Those who fear God have no need to fear anything.
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman[ssba]
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