Angels of God

God sent His angels to worship His firstborn saying, “Let all the angels of God worship him.”

5Forunto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, This day have I begotten thee? and again, I will be to him a Father, And he shall be to me a Son?

6Andwhen he again bringeth in the firstborn into the world he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. Hebrews1 ASV

They do. The angels of God announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. The glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified (Luke2:8-20).

8 There were shepherds in the same country staying in the field, and keeping watch by night over their flock. 9 Behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, forbehold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be to all the people.” Luke 2

What God makes His angels.

7 Of the angels he says,

“He makes his angels winds,

and his servants a flame of fire.” Hebrews 1

They [the angels] obey his will as the winds and the lightnings do. The “object”of the apostle in this passage is to show that the angels serve God in a ministerial capacity – as the winds do; while the Son is Lord of all. The one serves him passively, as being wholly under his control; the other acts as a Sovereign, as Lord over all, and is addressed and regarded as the equal with God. This quotation is made from Psalm104:4. The passage “might” be translated, “Who maketh his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire;” that is, “who makes his angels like the winds, or as swift as the winds, and his ministers as rapid, as terrible, and as resistless as the lightning.” Barnes

At the conclusion of Hebrews 1, we see Jesus seated at the right hand of God and the angels as servants appointed for service to God for our sake of His heirs of salvation. That includes you and me.

13 But which of the angels has he told at any time,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I make your enemies the footstool of your feet?”
14 Aren’t they all serving spirits, sent out to do service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? Hebrews 1

The following methods of angelic interposition in behalf of man are noted in the Scriptures: Barnes

(1)They feel a deep interest in man. Thus, the Saviour says, “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth;”  Luke15:10. Thus also he says, when speaking of the “little ones” that compose his church, “in heaven their angels do always behold theface of my Father who is in heaven;” Matthew18:10.

(2)they feel a special interest in all that relates to the redemption of man. Thus, Peter says of the things pertaining to redemption, “which things the angels desire to look into;” 1Peter 1:12. In accordance with this they are represented as praising God over the fields of Bethlehem, where the shepherds were to whom it was announced that a Saviour was born Luke2:13; an angel announced to Mary that she would be the mother of the Messiah Luke1:26; an angel declared to the shepherds that He was born Luke2:10; the angels came and ministered to Him in His temptation Matthew4:11; an angel strengthened Him in the garden of Gethsemane Luke22:43; angels were present in the sepulchre where the Lord Jesus had been laid, to announce His resurrection to His disciples John20:12; and they reappeared to his disciples on Mount Olivet to assure them that he would return and receive his people to him self,  Acts1:10.

 (3)they appear for the defense and protection of the people of God. Thus it is said 

Psalm 34:7, “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him,and delivereth them.” Thus, two angels came to hasten Lot from the cities of the plain, and to rescue him from the impending destruction;   Genesis19:1Genesis19:15. Thus, an angel opened the prison doors of the apostles, and delivered them when they had been confined by the Jews; Acts5:19. Thus, the angel of the Lord delivered Peter from prison when he had been confined by Herod; Acts12:7-8.

 (4)angels are sent to give us strength to resist temptation. Aid was thus furnished to the Redeemer in the garden of Gethsemane, when there “appeared an angel from heaven strengthening him;” Luke22:43. The great trial there seems to have been somehow connected with temptation; some influence of the power of darkness, or of the Prince of evil;  Luke22:53; compare John14:30. In this aid which they rendered to the tempted Redeemer, and in the assistance which they render to us when tempted, there is a special fitness and propriety. Man was at first tempted by a fallen angel. No small part – if not all the temptations in the world – are under the direction now of fallen angels. They roam at large “seeking whom they may devour;” 1Peter 5:8. The temptations which occur in life, the numerous allurements which beset our path, all have the marks of being under the control of dark and malignant spirits. What, therefore, can be more appropriate than for the pure angels of God to interpose and aid man against the skill and wiles of their fallen and malignant fellow-spirits? Fallen angelic power and skill – power and skill far above the capability and the strength of man – are employed to ruin us, and how desirable is it for like power and skill, under the guidance of benevolence, to come in to aid us!

(5)they support us in affliction. Thus, an angel brought a cheering message to Daniel; the angels were present to give comfort to the disciples of the Saviour when he had been taken from them by death,and when he ascended to heaven. Why may it not be so now, that important consolations, in some way, are imparted to us by angelic influence? And,

(6)they attend dying saints, and conduct them to glory. Thus, the Saviour says of Lazarus that when he died he was “carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom;” Luke16:22. Is there any impropriety in supposing that the same thing may be done still? Assuredly, if anywhere heavenly aid is needed, it is when the spirit leaves the body. If anywhere a guide is needed, it is when the ransomed soul goes up the unknown path to God. And if angels are employed on any messages of mercy to mankind, it is proper that it should be when life is closing, and the spirit is about to ascend to heaven. Should it be said that they are invisible, and that it is difficult to conceive how we can be aided by beings whom we never see, I answer, I know that they are unseen. They no longer appear as they once did to be the visible protectors and defenders of the people of God. But no small part of the aid which we receive from others comes from sources unseen by us. We owe more to unseen benefactors than to those whom we see, and the most grateful of all aid, perhaps, is what is furnished by a hand which we do not see, andfrom quarters which we cannot trace. How many an orphan is benefited by some unseen and unknown benefactor! So it may be a part of the great arrangements of Divine Providence that many of the most needed and acceptable interpositions for our welfare should come to us from invisible sources, and be conveyed to us from God by unseen hands.


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