1 – What are angels?
“10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” Ephesians 6:10 NLT
In the next few devotions, we will explore angels and demons – the agents of spiritual warfare. As we explore the agents of spiritual warfare, it’s important to understand what angels are.
What are angels? These days, people like the idea of angels watching over them. There are lots of products depicting cute chubby angels that look like babies, or that have a bow and arrow like Cupid at Hallmark. Is that what angels really are? Are angels really chubby babies with wings that like playing the harp? Hmmm.
On the other hand, there are tons of movies that depict demons and evil spirits today – so much that people often wonder if they are plagued by evil spirits or demons. Demons are depicted like the devil as being red, having horns, and carrying a pitchfork.
What are angels and demons? Are they superstitions? Are they seen in the Bible? Are they real? Where did they come from? What do they do? How does understanding their roles apply to Christians today?
As we journey though the next few devotions, we are going to learn about angels and demons, what their roles are, and how that applies to us. We are going to find out that angels and demons are much more than marketing techniques that Hollywood uses sell movies or greeting cards. Instead they are active agents of spiritual warfare.
The word “angel” comes from a Greek word angelos which refers to a messenger.
The Bible tells us a number of things we can learn about angels.
Angels were created by Jesus Christ and for Jesus Christ – We see in Colossians 1:16, that the angels, unlike God, are created beings. They were “created through Him and for Him…”
“16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:16
Although they are powerful beings, angels, like people, are created beings.
Angels will be with Jesus when He returns – Mathew 25:31 shows us that when Jesus returns, He will come with his angels.
“31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.” Matthew 25:13 NIV
Angels have great strength – In Psalm 103:20, the Psalmist affirms the strength and might of the angels when he referred to them as, “mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.”
“20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his bidding,
who obey his word.” Psalm 103:20 NIV
Angels have strength and are stated as “mighty ones who do his bidding.” Angels should not be seen as fat babies, flying around in Heaven with wings and a harps. They are God’s agents of spiritual warfare and are powerful creatures.
Angels are created beings and therefore are NOT to be worshipped – that privilege is for God alone – When John encounters an angel in Revelation, he is intimidated and falls at the feet of the angel to worship. The angel quickly corrects John and points out that he (the angel) is a fellow servant of God and should not be worshipped. That privilege is reserved for God alone.
“10 At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”
Revelation 19:10 NIV
Angels worship God and Jesus Christ – The author of Hebrews tells us that all of God’s angels will worship Jesus.
“6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says,
“Let all God’s angels worship him.” Hebrews 1:6 NIV
Angels will return with Jesus Christ at His second coming – When Jesus returns, the Scripture points out that Jesus will come back in the Father’s glory with the holy angels.
“38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” Mark 8:38 NIV
“31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.” Matthew 25:31 NIV
Thank You Jesus for angels that serve You and announce Your coming. Thank You that angels of great strength and power are there to empower me and to encourage me to meet my God given potential. In the strong name of Jesus Christ, amen.