You've Got Angels

Jack Wellman, 2013

There are angels all around us, watching over us, assigned by God. They are protectors of physical and spiritual dangers. They can take human form when they are commanded to do so. Some angels may appear visible to some people while not to others. We might have even entertained angels without even knowing it. The Bible records incidents where humans treated angels badly thinking that they were people. The results were disastrous.

Each one of us may have at least one that is assigned to each and every one of us (Luke 22:43, Acts 22-25). They're commanded to "encamp all around us" and to protect us (Luke 22:43, Psalm 34:7, 91:10-13, 103:21). That is not saying that we won't ever get sick, get a disease or get hurt, since we all have an appointment with death (Heb. 9:27).

The chubby little cherubs that are often depicted as angels are not biblical. Angels are spiritual beings and powerful agents under God's sovereign will. These angels are not passive, but active in nature and might even take physical form if God so wills it. We may have even encountered and entertained angels without even knowing it (Heb 13:1-2). It makes you want to always treat people with love and respect.

Matthew 18:10 indicates that children have their own angels as Jesus said "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." The Bible does not say that these angels are only for the children of saved parents, but indicative of all children having them.

Protection is vital since that roaming lion hides and lies in wait for us (Satan-1 Pet 5:8) and evil spirits that rule this world that seek to destroy His own however if God is for us, who can be against us!? The sheer numbers of holy angels is innumerable (Dan. 7:10, Heb 12:22).

Hebrews 13 is specific about the fact that some of us might have encountered angels without even knowing it (Heb. 13:2). Maybe you have heard of someone else who had an experience that could only be explained by divine intervention of angels. The New Testament mentions that Lazarus was "carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom" after he had died (Luke 16:22) so it may even be that even we may have more than one angel who is assigned to us, at least after we die.

Revelation talks about angels of particular churches. Do these angels fight Satan and his demons, like an angel had to fight for three weeks to finally get a message through to Daniel (10:13)? It is at least possible. In fact, it sometimes takes more than one angel, like the help needed from one of the most powerful angels...Michael, the Archangel. Michael was dispatched to prevent the "prince of the kingdom of Persia" from delivering a message to Daniel (Dan 10). It seems certain that this "prince" was a fallen angel. The Bible records the fact that angels are powerful spirit beings (Rev 18:21) and are no respecter of persons. Even a king was not spared as he boasted once that "I am a god” to which an angel apparently killed him on the spot (Acts 12:20-25).

Take comfort in the knowledge that we are secure in Christ's very own hands and in the hands of the Father (John 10:28-29) and that He's dispensed angels for our physical protection and (Heb. 1:14). Each angel created by God is assigned for a specific purpose and is the same purpose for which we were created…to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.


Jack Wellman is a pastor and Senior Writer at What Christians Want to Know whose mission is to equip, encourage, and energize Christians and to address questions about the believer’s daily walk with God and the Bible.

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