About Angels

Some churches say that angels function as the Holy Spirit. However, there is not a single verse in the 66 books of the Bible which says that angels are the Spirit, or that they function as the Spirit. The Apostle Paul wrote:

Hebrews 1:14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

In the Bible, angels are described in the plural, but the Spirit is described in the singular.

I Corinthians 12:13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body… and we were all given the one Spirit to drink (cf. Ephesians 4:4-6).

Thus, angels are many, but the Spirit is one. Angels can rebel against God and be cast into hell (2 Peter 2:4). The saved people can judge angels (I Corinthians 6:3). There are some records saying that angels are put to judgement, but no record says that the Spirit is put to judgement.

The Bible say that the Spirit searches all things – even the deep things of God (I Corinthians 2:10) – but angels do not know the mysterious administration of God. As it is written:

I Peter 1:12 …when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.

It is written that angels long to look into the gospel preached by the Holy Spirit. This is evidence there is basically a great difference between angels and the Holy Spirit. The Bible describes angels as “the angels of the Lord” or “the heavenly hosts” or “the sons of God.” Sometimes people mistake the angel of the Lord for the Lord Himself (Ex. 3:2-5; Judg. 6:12-23; 13:21-22). However, “the angel of the Lord” cannot change into “the Lord.” The reason they confuse the angel of the Lord with the Lord Himself is because they misinterpret the Bible without grasping the correct meaning from the context. As it is written:

Judges 6:12 When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” As the angel of the Lord testified to the Lord, they came to call the angel the Lord.

The Lord always walks with His angel. That’s why sometimes people mistake the angel of the Lord for the Lord Himself when they read the Bible. Angels are creatures of God; they are called the sons of God or the hosts of heaven (I Kings 22:19; Daniel 7:9-10). Angels are messengers send by God into the world; sometimes they destroy people (Ex. 12:13; 2 Kings 19:35; Ezekiel 9:1-6; Ps. 78:49), and sometimes they guard individual men (Ex. 23:20; Dan. 10:13).

Teachings about angels were better understood in the New Testament times. The Bible does not describe angels in detail. Some verses say that they protect each person, following him all the time. As it is written:

Hebrews1:14 “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” And Jesus said:

Matthew 18:10-11 “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”

When Peter was in prison, an angel rescued him on the Passover night. The news reached the saints praying in Mark’s attic. Then they were surprised and said, “It must be his angel” (Acts 12:1-15). Angels always follow and guard those who will inherit salvation. When we do good, they speak boastingly of us before God and other angels. When we do wrong, they worriedly report to God. Angels can easily come and go to the throne of God, carrying our prayers or reports; and sometimes they bring the tidings of salvation to us. Therefore angels have a close relationship with men. Studying the relationship between the angels and men who sinned, we will discover the deep secrets about God’s administration of redemption. Angels are invisible to the human eye. But in the eyes of God they have a certain form; they cannot hide anywhere in the spiritual world even for a split second.

The Bible says that angels are spirits (Hebrews 1:14). The breath of life God breathes into men is also called a spirit (Hebrews 12:23). Jesus says that at the resurrection we will be like the angels in heaven (Matthew 22:30; cf. Mark 12:25; Luke 20:36).

Then, do men exist first and become angels later? Or are the angels born as human beings by committing sin and then become angels again to return to their heavenly home through the grace of Christ? We must find a definite answer to this question.

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