Summary: Angels are spirit beings created by God in order to protect and encourage Christians.
Today, we will talk about angels.
They are God's special messengers.
They encamp upon those who fear or love God.
They deliver the Christians from the attack of the devil or demons.
Psalms 34:7 (NIV) "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them."
To encamp means to dwell, to settle or to protect.
God Has sent us His Holy angels to help the Christians.
But many of us don't have real understanding on the ministry of the angels.
We believe in angels but we have not seen one.
We have heard about the work of angels in other people's lives but most of us don't have the same experience.
We have read about them but our minds have a lot of unanswered questions.
How do they look like?
What do they do?
How do they minister to Christians?
How do they differ from people like us?
Our knowledge in this subject is very much limited.
But the Bible has all the answers.
We have to study the Bible more.
We will study a lot of verses about angels from the Old to the New Testament.
Knowledge is power.
The more we know, the more we will appreciate the work of God in our lives.
So, today, we will study about angels.
This is called "Angelology."
I must warn you that this is not just spiritual milk but solid meat.
It is time for us to grow in the Word.
It is about time to go deeper in God's Word.
I. DEFINITION OF ANGELS
First, let us go to the definition of angels?
Simply put, Angels are spiritual beings created by God to serve Him.
They are also called God's special emissaries or messengers.
Remember that in the beginning, God created the heavens.
God created the sun.
He created the moon and the stars.
God also created the waters and the skies above.
Everything has been made by God.
He commanded and it was so.
The Bible says that it was the same time that God created all the angels in heaven.
The purpose is that they will all praise the name of the Lord.
Psalms 148:1-5 (NIV) "1 Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights above. 2 Praise him, all his angels; praise him all his heavenly hosts. 3 Praise him, sun and moon; praise him, all you shining stars. 4 Praise him, you highest heaven and you waters above the skies. 5 Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his command they were created."
II. THE DESCRIPTION OF ANGELS:
1. ANGELS ARE SPIRIT BEINGS:
Angels are spirit beings but they have some kind of form.
In fact, they are even capable of appearing in a human form.
They can visit us and sometimes, we are not aware that they are angels.
So, we have to be careful of everything we do.
In Hebrews 13:2, the Bible says "be careful how you treat strangers or you might be entertaining angels unawares." That is why every good deed to strangers will be recorded in heaven.
Angels interact with humans and they note of what we do.
They also appear for example in Matthew Chapter 28 in verses 3 and 4 to have a form.
Speaking of an angel, at Christ's resurrection the one who was there when the stone was rolled away, it say, "3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men."
There was a dazzling appearance of the angel.
It was bright and glaring.
It was brilliant and shining.
The angel's was like lightning.
His clothes were white as snow.
Those who have no idea of the appearance of the angels became fearful the first time he appeared.
Angels are the messengers of light from God.
2. ANGELS HAVE GREATER WISDOM THAN MEN.
Not only are angels spirit beings, but they are also wise.
They have greater wisdom than men.
In 2 Samuel 14:20, we find here a short description of the angel of God.
The verse says: "My lord has wisdom like that of an angel of God - he knows everything that happens in the land."
Angels are very knowledgeable about the things of God.
They are clever and have the foresight of the the events in our lives.
They have discernment and can anticipate things as they happen.
Surely, these are spiritual gifts from God.
Angels also, according to Daniel 9:21, have incredible speed.
It says: "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."
Daniel was in prayer.
Before that, he had confessed his sins and the sins of his people.