Prays Together: The Ministry of Angels
By Christopher Scott
Angels are busy! They don’t lie around relaxing all day. The Bible tell us angels have an active ministry both in heaven and on earth.
Heavenly worship and service of God. The prophet Daniel saw a vision of angels worshipping and serving God in heaven. Daniel saw God sitting on his throne and “millions of angels ministered to him; many millions stood to attend him” (Dan 7:10, NLT).
Divine judgment on unbelievers. Angels worship God but also execute God’s judgment. An example of this was when the nation of Assyria said they were going to conquer and destroy the nation of Judah (2 Kings 18:19-37; 19:10-13). Yet, God had a different plan and sent the angel of the Lord to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 soldiers (2 Kings 19:35).
Announcement and instruction to believers. The most important announcements by angels were about Jesus Christ. Angels described his birth (Luke 1:26-33), directed his escape to Egypt (Matt 2:13, 19), and took care of him after his temptation (Matt 4:11), strengthened him in Gethsemane (Luke 22:43), and described his resurrection (Matt 28:2, 6) and ascension (Acts 1:10-11). Angels also provided instruction to believers. The Law (referring to the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy) was given to Moses by angels (Acts 7:53; Gal 3:19; Heb 2:2). A ministry of angels in the book of Revelation was to explain mysteries (Rev 17:7). Additionally, angels revealed the Gospel (Gal 1:8). While angels execute divine judgment on unbelievers, they also give encouraging words and instruction to believers.
Protect and care for believers. Angels protect and care for believers in two ways. One is through guardian angels. When Jesus was teaching about the kingdom of heaven and who would be the greatest he told the disciples, “Beware that you don’t look down on any of these little ones [referring to children]. For I tell you that in heaven their angels are always in the presence of my heavenly Father” (Matt 18:10, NLT). This verse tells us that children have guardian angels. Another way angels protect and care for believers is after death. Luke tells the story of a rich man and Lazarus and where each of them go when they die. Luke starts off the story explaining that both the rich man and Lazarus died, and Lazarus’ body was “carried by the angels to be with Abraham” (Luke 16:22). With that said, angels minister by caring for believers through guardian angels on earth and care for us after death.
When angels are not busy worshipping God in heaven we can be comforted knowing that angels are near us and with us. They watch over us, guard us, and protect us.
Christopher Scott is small groups pastor at Rocky Hill Community Church in Exeter. He may be reached by calling 559-730-1906.
-Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as the Lemon Cove Presbyterian Church.
– This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Foothills Sun-Gazette newspaper.