PASTORS ON THE HOT SEAT

This past Sunday, Dave, Chris, and myself had the opportunity to answer three questions that were submitted by the congregation.  I really enjoyed being involved in this, and I hope you enjoyed listening!  (If you missed it, you can listen to the podcast here.)

As Dave mentioned, there were several other questions that were submitted, but that we did not get to because we ran out of time.  So I want to answer one of the other questions here:

“DO ANGELS COME TO EARTH IN HUMAN FORM TO HELP PEOPLE?”

First, a little background on angels.  The word for angel means “messenger”.  Throughout Scripture, we see instances of angels ministering to or guiding people.  For example, in Acts 8:26 with the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch that we looked at on Easter, it was an angel that guided Philip to find the Ethiopian.  It is also clear that angels worship God, as seen in several passages in Revelation, where they are found singing “Worthy is the Lamb” and “Holy, holy, holy.”

The book of Hebrews has more to say on angels than any other book in the New Testament.  Here’s two passages that are of particular importance to this discussion:

Hebrews 1:14 – “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”  In other words, one of angels’ primary purposes is to minister to and help people, specifically those who are followers of Christ.

Hebrews 13:2 – “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.”  This is probably a reference to Genesis 18:2-15, where Abraham was visited by three angels who told him that Sarah would have a son.  This verse tells me that angels are often involved in our lives without us knowing or being aware of their presence.

To sum up, we can’t know for sure how involved angels are in our lives today, but Scripture does seem to indicate that they minister to and help protect those who are followers of Christ, and that the activities of angels often go unnoticed by humans.

It’s also important to remember that the whole point of Hebrews 1 and 2 is that Jesus is far superior to angels, and in light of that, we are to keep our main focus on Christ and not get so preoccupied with wondering about the actions and whereabouts of angels that we neglect the core of our faith, which is the gospel of Jesus Christ and His death and resurrection.

Peace,

Scott