Angels (part 2)

We will now begin the second part of our study of angels.

Now that we have a better understanding of the types of angels that exist, we can now discover what they do, and if they are still active today. One characteristic of angels that we mentioned earlier was that they minister to people. Let’s look at some examples. In 1 Kings 19:5-6 it states, “Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again.” The context here is that Elijah is running from Jezebel because Jezebel wants to kill him. Elijah falls asleep and an angel comes to him and tells him to eat. So we can see here that they help and minister to people.

Another example would be in Acts 12:7-8. There it readds, “ Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him.“ Peter was thrown in jail by Herod awaiting to most likely be killed. Then an angel appears and releases the chains and saves him. Again we see that they can help in physical situations.

However, do these actions still take place today? Nowhere in the bible does it say that angels stopped ministering to people after Revelation was written. It does not say it. So therefore, we can conclude that angels today are still active in people’s lives.

But that now brings up the question “Do we have guardian angels?” This question usually arises from Matthew 18:10 which states, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” The word “their” in this verse is often emphasized too much. Hence, it makes people believe that every individual has an angel assigned to them, but that’s not necessarily the case. The warning Jesus gives to his listeners is to watch yourself that you do not make a new Christian stumble. That is the point Jesus is trying to make. He uses a child, who had the lowest social stature of that day, and compares that child to a new Christian, in the sense that they can be easily swayed one way or another. That is the main point of the lesson.

So now if we look at this lesson from Jesus’ point of view, we can see that he is talking about the angels of the Lord who watch over Christians in general. So to answer the question “Does everyone have a guardian angel?” We could say most likely not, but that does not mean that angels don’t look out for us. We just may not have a particular angel that guards us, but angels in general.

This has been a fascinating and intriguing study of angels. We have looked at what types of angels there are. What those particular angels do, how they interact with people, and if they still do. We concluded that angels still do interact with us today, and they still look out for us, and protect us. Let us always remember the words of Psalm 150, “Praise the Lord.”

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