Be an Angel
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
I. Sent to Carry out God’s will
Obey Ps 103:20 Bless the LORD, you his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, obeying the voice of his word.
Intimate Lk 1:19 angel said I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak to you, and to show you these glad tidings.
Guardian?? Mt 18:10...in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
Joyful Lk 15:10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents.
Immortal Lk 20:36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal to the angels...
Bachelors Mt 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
Not Omniscient Mt 24:36 But of that day and hour knows no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
Answer Prayer Nu 20:16 And when we cried to the LORD, he heard our voice, and sent an angel
II. Guide others toward Truth and Blessing
Jud 2:1And an angel of the LORD...said I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you to the land which I swore to your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you. Ex 3:2 14:19 the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before you, to keep you in the way, and to bring you into...
Zec 1:9 Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said to me, I will show you what these be.
Ac 10:22 Cornelius a just man, and one that fears God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for you into his house, and to hear words of you.
Rev 1:1...sent and signified it by his angel to his servant John: 22:6 sent his angel to show to his servants the things which must shortly be done.
III. Minister to Obedient Believer’s Needs
1Ki 19:5 then an angel touched him, and said to him, Arise and eat.
Ps 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear him, and delivers them.
Ps 91:11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways.
Da 3:28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spoke, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach...who has sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have frustrated the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. 6:22 My God has sent his angel, and has shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocence was found in me; and also before you, O king, have I done no hurt.
Mr 1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to him.
Mt 26:53 Think thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
Ac 27:23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve, 24 Saying, Fear not, Paul;
Ac 12:7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. 8 And the angel said to him, Gird thyself, and bind on your sandals. And so he did. And he said to him, Cast your garment about you, and follow me.
IV. Judge and are Judged
2Sa 24:16 And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, 2Ki 19:35 the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians 185,000 Re 7:2...four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Ac 12:23 the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.
Mt 13:49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
Mt 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.25:41 Depart from me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
2Pe 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned...reserved to judgment;
1Co 6:3 Know you not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
V. Can’t Be Trusted
2Co 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Ga 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed.
Col 2:18 Let no man disqualify you from your reward, taking delight in false humility and the worship of angels...
Questions for Reflection/Discussion/Response:
1. Can you share a time when you may have received “angelic aid”? Is there a way to know if it was a good angel?
2. Why would someone have a greater interest in the messenger (angel) than the message (Word)? [Worship angels?]
3. Why don’t angels wait on us hand and foot?
4. Have you ever entertained an angel? (Heb 13:2) Why would angels need to be entertained?
5. What’s the difference between someone who is saved and someone who is an heir of salvation?
6. In what ways has someone been an angel for you? How can you be an angel for someone else?