What are Angels?


Which invisible beings created by God are especially important to us?1

The angels.

Note: Angel means “messenger.” God frequently used angels to announce important events in the history of salvation: the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:1-20): the birth of Jesus (Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:18-21); the resurrection of Jesus (Luke 24:4-7); the ascension and second coming of Jesus (Acts 1:10-11).

What are angels?2

Angels are pure spirits without a body, created to adore and enjoy God in heaven.

Were the angels created for any other purpose?3

The angels were also created to assist before the throne of God and to minister unto Him; they have often been sent as messengers from God to man; and are also appointed our guardians.

What else does the Bible tell us about angels?4

  • They are spirit beings who were created holy (Genesis 1:31).
  • Some angels rebelled against God. They are the devils or demons (2 Peter 2:4).
  • The good angels are many and powerful. They serve God and help us (Daniel 7:10; Luke 2:13; Psalm 103:20-21; Psalm 91:11-12; Hebrews 1:14). Bible narratives: One angel put to death 185,000 of Sennacherib’s army (2 Kings 19:35). Elisha and his servant were protected by the heavenly hosts (2 Kings 6:15-17). An angel set Peter free (Acts 12:5-11).
  • The evil angels are also many and powerful. They hate God and seek to destroy everything that is good, especially faith in Christ (Mark 5:9; Ephesians 6:12; Mark 4:15; John 8:44; 1 Peter 5:8-9). Bible narratives: The serpent led Eve into sin (Genesis 3:1-5). Satan sought the destruction of Job (Job 2). The tempter tried to mislead Jesus (Matthew 4:1-11).

Footnotes

  1. Luther’s Small Catechism (1529), Question 99.
  2. Baltimore Larger Catechism (1885), Question 35.
  3. Baltimore Larger Catechism (1885), Question 36.
  4. Luther’s Small Catechism (1529), Question 100.

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