Theology Tuesday – Angels

I’ve chosen to start off with Angels only because “Teaching Thursday” will be on whether or not people/babies become angels when they die. (Just in case you are unsure, the answer is: NO!! I’ll explain on Thursday, so come back.)

*What are the FACTS:

Angels are created beings: For by him {Jesus} all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. Col. 1:16, ESV

Angels were created good and holy: They lived in the presence of God in a holy atmosphere (see Matthew 18:10) Called “sons of God” in Job 1:6, 2:11) “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” Mark 13:32, ESV

Angels are intelligent beings: They are intelligent enough to carry out God’s tasks (Mark 13:27). They can determine the purposes of men on occasion (Matthew 28:5). They desire to learn about our great salvation, even if they are unable to fully comprehend our redemption and Christ’s humbling Himself in His incarnation (1 Peter 1:11-12). Their knowledge is limited however, they do not fully know God’s plan for the world (Rev. 10:5-6, 17:1-8).

Angels have emotions: They worship God (Isaiah 6:3), and respond to His power and wisdom with joyfulness (Job 38:7). They rejoice when sinners repent and are saved (Luke 15:10).

Angels are willful beings: God appealed to their wills when He commanded them to worship Christ (Hebrews 1:6). In Isaiah 14:12-15 we see that Lucifer and the fallen angels willfully rebelled against God, but the majority of the Angels chose to serve God.
Angels are spirit beings: They are described in Hebrews 1:14 as ministering spirits. They are limited in time and space as we see in Daniel 9:21-23 when Gabriel had to go from one place to another to be by Daniel’s side. As spirit beings, they are not subject to death (Luke 20:36). They are never described as women, and the masculine pronoun is used for them (Mark 16:5-6). When they appear they take on the form of men (Genesis 18: 2,22, 19:1, Daniel 10:18).

Angels have power: Their power is given to them by God (Revelation 4:8,11) and is governed by Him (Genesis 19:12-16).

Angels are responsible beings: They are responsible for their actions and many chose evil and not obedience to God (Matthew 25:41, Jude 6).

Angels are numerous: According to Job 38:7, Daniel 7:10, Revelation 5:11, and Revelation 12:4, they are innumerable. Their numbers were compared to as many as the stars. (Can we count the exact number of stars? More like a guesstimate…)

*What is their FUNCTION:

Bring revelation: Daniel 9:21-23
They strengthen: Luke 22:43
They protect/lead nations: Daniel 10:20-21
They minister to God’s children: Matthew 4:11, Hebrews 1:14
Provide protection: Matthew 2:13, Acts 5:17-20
They give out judgment: Revelation, Chapters: 8, 9, 16
Present at key events of revelation and redemption:
Creation: Job 38:7, Israel: Genesis 18:1-7, Giving of the Law: Galatians 3:19, Christ’s birth: Matthew 1:20, Church: Acts 1:10, and in the Millennium: Revelation 20

Angels mentioned by name in Scripture:
Michael- Archangel: the chief of the angels and leader (by way of God) of heaven’s army (Revelation 12:7-9).
Gabriel- Messenger (Daniel 9, Luke1:26)
We can conclude that angels have names and have been given specific duties to carry out.
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Lucifer- (Now known as satan, the chief the fallen angels) was God’s highest creation (Cherubim – who were constantly in God’s presence in Worship, see Ez. 28:14), BUT he rebelled against God through prideful exaltation. He was cast down out of heaven (forever) and 1/3 of the angels followed him. They are now known as demons. (Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28)

Angels cannot marry and propagate:
“For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” Mt. 22:30, ESV   -According to this Scripture angels do no marry.

Is there angelic revelation today?

No. Hebrews 1:1-2 reads: Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. This verse implies that revelation as given to the prophets is no longer needed; because Christ was the fulfillment of prophesy. (See also Hebrews 2:3,4)

We should not expect special revelation through angels today. God’s word even warns us in 2 Corinthians 11:14 that satan comes as an “angel of light.” False prophets will come and mislead many (Mt. 24:11), so know the Word so you won’t be misled.

—This doesn’t exhaust the topic: theology of angels, but it is a good start.—

Come back tomorrow for Wednesday Wisdom.
–Latanya

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*Systematic Theology: Book V (Angelology, Satanology, Demonology, Anthropology), notes complied by Dr. Danny Akin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, NC.

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About LatanyaWagner

I'm a homeschooling mom of 3. Originally from Georgia, where I grew up learning about the value of hard work while living on a farm, I now live near Charlotte, NC, working hard to raise a family that loves and honors God. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Architectural Engineering and a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling Ministry. I'm also an aspiring writer and speaker. I'm currently writing my second novel and a non-fiction book on homeschooling. I recently (Jan. 2013) self-published my first Christian Romance Novel, 'Mending Hearts' on Amazon.
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