Angels are supernatural beings saddled with ministerial responsibilities for heirs of salvation. They are God’s servants created to assist God in the prosecution of His work. We have the heavenly angels (ministering spirits) and the earthly angels (messengers). Especially in these last times, they are working hand in hand with God to see that His purposes ripen fast. Angels (spirit beings) were created in Genesis 1:1 (the pre-historic world). This was the world Lucifer was heading before rebellion set in him. You can refer to our previous posts where we explained this in detail. In this subject, we want to examine some angelic ministrations and also show the position of Jesus Christ personified as the Mighty Angel.
Text: 2Peter 2;4, Isaiah 14:12, Exodus 23:20, Hebrew 9:14, Ephesians 4:6, Hebrew 1:13,8, Isaiah 63:9, Exodus 23:25, Matthew 18:9, Genesis 24:7, Acts 10:1-8, Exodus 14:10
When we talk about Eternity, we are talking about God Himself. Embedded in Him are qualities that may be inexpressible until there exists an occasion that will bring forth that attributes. While God was alone in eternity, He was Elohim -Self Existing. He is Creator, Father, Friend, Savior, Provider, Healer, and all that are enshrined in Him, but until there is an occasion to display these attributes, there is no way we would know Him as such. Just like a male child is a potential father but cannot be referred to as such until he marries and gives birth to a child; the same is God. So, when He displayed His Providing Power to Abraham, He became Jehovah-Jireh. Thus, we can say that God wasn’t God until He began creating, because there was no one to worship Him.
We may not explicitly know when He created the angels, however, we know that nothing exists before Him, therefore, He created angels. He created them as ministering spirits, to assist Him.
And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. Hebrews 1:7
In comparison to Jesus Christ, who would you say is greater? Let me show you two scriptures before you respond to that question.
Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. Hebrews 1:4
Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Hebrews 2:7
Don’t be confused, the Bible cannot contradict itself, “thou madest him a little lower than the angels” speaks regarding the body Jesus came with because he must taste death for everyone who will be saved, he came with a body that can die. He was born by a woman and not as an angel who is in spirit form.
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Philippian 2:6-8
But in position and authority, he is “made much better than the angels”. For God has highly exalted him and given him a name that is above every other name. Thus, in position, Jesus Christ is greater than the angels, but because he should taste death for us, he was made a little lower.
But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? Hebrews 1:13:14
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11
More so, the Bible tells us that there are seven spirits of God. It isn’t that God is seven, but these seven spirits are special angels that are before the throne of God.
And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead. Revelation 3:1
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne; Revelation 1:4
In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old. Isaiah 63:9
These are the spirits of God sent forth into the earth, it will interest you to know that everyone including you have one angel. Angels, as the Bible has said, are ministering spirits. When Jesus died, the angels came and provided solutions to the women who came to the sepulcher of Jesus. But then before we see the message of comfort the angels gave these women; we can learn something here.
Brethren, it is evident, God must prove you, God will shake you to see what is in you. Shouldn’t it be a thing of discouragement and an end to the faith of the followers of Jesus Christ when he was arrested, killed, and buried? This was the man that gave them hope, and they all came out of whatever Jesus called them out of. For someone who only believes in God for earthly things, that would be the end of faith. But because these people loved Jesus, not even the death of Jesus could repel their faith. They were convinced beyond any shadow of a doubt, convinced beyond mere words, they had the anchor that will keep them while the billows roll. Should God prove your faith, what side will you fall on? Can you even at His death, still rush with spices to honor Him with?
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. Luke 24:1-3
Considering the writings of this scripture, you can check yourself if truly you love Him. Jesus had died, yet they prepared spices and went to his sepulchre very early in the morning of the first day of the week. You can’t get anything from God in hurry, if you must get what God gives to those that love Him, God must prove you. It isn’t by mouth; it isn’t by making the speech. God’s hands are not shortened that He cannot bless, but for Him to separate you for angelic ministration, you must prove to Him that you love Him. When God saw their undying zeal, he sent angels to minister to them.
And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words, And returned from the sepulchre, and told all these things unto the eleven, and to all the rest. Luke 24:4-9
Truly, there are angelic ministries that God sends to His people, to empower what the vessels God wants to do through men on the earth. You have an angel, it’s provable in Matthew 18:10 and many other scriptures.
Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
When Abraham was to get a wife for his son, Isaac, here are the words of Abraham: The Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence. Genesis 24:7
God sent an angel to Cornelius in Acts 10, There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
People that have served God and have seen Him didn’t serve Him nonchalantly, they were diligent about seeking God. The Bible tells us to be diligent to make our calling and election sure. Again, you can check the characteristics of this man, Cornelius before God sent Him an angel to minister to him.
And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa. Acts 10:4-8
Behind every message that God would herald, there will be an angel, behind every messenger, there will be an angel. These angels of God are the ones guiding the ministry that God has given.
Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him.But if thou shalt indeed obey his voice, and do all that I speak; then I will be an enemy unto thine enemies, and an adversary unto thine adversaries.For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off. Exodus 23:20-23
We saw a star leading the wise men who came from the east. This is nothing but the heavenly angel responsible for that herald. And that star led them till they got to where Jesus was. At this time, Jesus had become a young child, because the star led them from the east to Jerusalem for almost 2 years.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Matthew 2:1-2
Need we call ourselves into diligence, we cannot over-emphasize this. Diligence! Diligence!! Diligence!!!
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
There is a man who cannot fall, it is that man that gives the diligence to make his calling and election sure. Should men pay a two-year price to see Jesus, you can’t get the same result with a two-hour price.
And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. Exodus 23:25
Refusal to serve one’s Creator is acceptance to serve the devil. There is no neutrality. May the Lord help us. Amen.