Angels & Demons – Agents of Spiritual Warfare – Ephesians 6 – Part II
What Do Angels Do?
“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
The last time we took some time to capture a glimpse of what the Bible says angels are. We learned they are not chubby white babies with wings that carry a harp, but are rather powerful beings created by God to carry out His will. We learned that while angels have holy and have great power, they are created beings like us, and therefore should NOT be worshipped.
Since we have a better understanding of what angels are, but can we get a clearer picture of what they do? Let’s go back to the Bible to discover more about what angels are known to have done in the Scriptures.
In today’s devotion, we will see what the Bible says angels do.
What do angels do?
Angels give praise to God – Isaiah 6:3 shows when the angels were giving praise to God.
“And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:3 NIV
Angels have the ability to appear in human form – We see in Genesis 19 the story of Sodom and Gomorrah. In the first few verses it is clear that when the angels arrived in the city, they appeared in human form.
“The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. 2 “My lords,” he said, “please turn aside to your servant’s house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning.”
“No,” they answered, “we will spend the night in the square.” Genesis 19:1-2 NIV
Angels serve as messengers to deliver God’s Word. – An angel of the Lord appears in Luke 1:11 to announce the coming of John the Baptist.
“11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:11-17 NIV
Angels announced the coming of Jesus – Angels appeared when Jesus was born to announce the arrival of the King of Kings.
“9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:9-14 NIVAngels watch over God’s people – The Psalmist points out in Psalm 91, that the angels of God guard the ways of His people.
Angels watch over God’s people – The Psalmist points out in Psalm 91, that the angels of God guard the ways of His people.
“11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalm 91:11-12
Angels are used by God to provide for the physical needs of His people – When Elijah was burnt out and tired, God had an angel deliver food to him.
“6 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.” 1 Kings 19:6
Angels are used by God to answer prayers – The early church prayed for Peter while he was in prison and God used an angel to deliver Peter from the prison.
“6 The night before Herod was to bring him to trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and sentries stood guard at the entrance. 7 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. 8 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. 9 Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision. 10 They passed the first and second guards and came to the iron gate leading to the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went through it. When they had walked the length of one street, suddenly the angel left him.” Acts 12:6-10 NIV
A second example of this can be seen in Daniel. When Daniel prayed, an angel Gabriel appeared to him and told him that as soon as he began to pray, the angels were made aware of his situation, and were sent to respond.
“20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy hill— 21 while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23 As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:” Daniel 9:20-23 NIV
Angels carry out the judgment of God – The Gospel of Matthew mentions that at the end of the age, God will use the angels to separate “the wicked from the righteous.”
“49 This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous 50 and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matthew 13:49-50 NIV
Holy Spirit thank You for these agents of Spiritual Warfare that outnumber and overpower the enemy. Help me to cooperate with Your will and to take part in what You are doing in this world. In Jesus’ name, amen.