The Angels Of God: Developing
a Biblical Perspective
“Are they not all
ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of
those who will inherit salvation.”
Nature & Attributes Of Angels
Angels do not enter into marriage.
The Bible teaches that angels are not candidates for marriage
This verse simply gives emphasis to the difference that
exists between men and angels. Angels are not a “race” like
men. Thus, they do not develop by procreation. Angels are created
This characteristic also provides insight into our eternal
destiny. There will be no marriage in heaven.
Angels can not die as men do.
This was taught by Jesus when speaking of the resurrection (Luke
Similar to Matthew
22:30, this verse emphasizes the difference between men and
It also provides insight into our eternal destiny.
Angels are servants of God.
On two occasions during the Revelation of Jesus to John, the
apostle attempted to worship angels and was told that this should
not be done (Revelation
Men are not to worship angels since they too are
“fellow-servants” of God.
It is interesting to note that even though man has been
created a “little lower” than the angels, men and angels are
on an “equal footing” with one another as servants of God.
Angels possess superior knowledge.
The widow of Tekoa spoke of the superior knowledge of angels
Angels’ great knowledge is derived from their unique
relationship with God. As spirit-beings, they see things from the
dimension of the spirit world.
Even though angels have great knowledge they are not
omniscient. That is, there are certain things that they do not
Angels are incredibly powerful beings.
The apostle Peter wrote of the great might and power of
Angels are referred to as the “mighty ones” (Psalm
103:20). It has also been written that when Jesus returns He
will bring with Him his “mighty” angels (2
Thessalonians 1:7). See also Matthew
28:2 and 2 Kings 19:35.
Even though angels have great power they are not omnipotent.
That is, their power is limited by God.
Angels are an innumerable host.
The Bible describes angels as being great in number (Hebrews
The apostle John was privileged to hear the multitudes of
heaven singing praises to God (Revelation
It should motivate Christians to know that someday they can
be a part of this great assembly.
Angels are spirit-beings.
The Bible specifically refers to angels as spirits (Hebrews
We do not know exactly what the form of a spirit is like;
however, we do know what form a spirit does not have – i.e., a
spirit does not have “flesh and bones” (Luke
It seems reasonable to conclude that God has given angels
spiritual bodies. These bodies have probably been fitted for the
purpose(s) for which angels were created (cf. Paul’s teaching on
the Christians’ resurrection body at 1
Corinthians 15:39-44, 50).
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