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.”
Various Classifications Of Angels
– God’s Obedient Servants.
are those having no special designation in the Bible (as
contrasted with the angels to be discussed later).
“ordinary” is not intended to classify these angels as of
lesser importance than others (cf. Matthew
It would seem reasonable to conclude that any of the
activities of angels that are not described as being functions of
specific angels would fall within the sphere of work of the
general host of angels (Matthew
13:36-43; Hebrews 1:14; Revelation 5:11-12; 7:11-12).
Cherubim – Worshipful Guardians.
The word “cherub” is found 27 times in Scripture and the
plural “cherubim” occurs 64 times (Genesis
3:24; Exodus 25:17-22; 26:1, 31; 1 Kings 6:23-28; 8:6-7; 1 Kings
6:29-35; 7:29, 36; Ezekiel 1:4-28; 10:1-22).
Based upon the Scripture references given above, it can be
seen that these angels play a protective role in their
relationship with God, their nature signifies the importance of
worshipping God, and they magnify the holiness and power of God.
Seraphim – Purifying Agents Of Praise.
These angels are associated with the prophet Isaiah’s
vision of God in the Temple when he was called to his prophetic
6:1-7). This is the only reference in the Bible to these
The work of these angels is much less exhaustive in scope but
of great significance nonetheless.
The seraphim sang God’s praises, called attention to His
glory and majesty, and served as purifying agents in preparing
Isaiah for his prophetic ministry.
Archangels – Messengers & Spiritual Warriors.
The term “archangel” is found two times in the Bible – 1
Thessalonians 4:16 and Jude 9. The latter references makes
specific mention of Michael. While Gabriel is not referred to as
an archangel, most Bible scholars believe that he was such an
Both Michael and Gabriel played a unique role in the
revelation of God’s redemptive purpose (Michael – Revelation
12:7-9; Jude 9; Daniel 10:1-14, 20-21; 12:1; Gabriel – Daniel
8:15-19; 9:20-23; Luke 1:11-20, 26-37).
Based upon the preceding discussion, it can be concluded that
the archangels have the following responsibilities:
They are special messengers sent to interpret God’s
revelation in times past and announce good news of future events
(this is especially true of Gabriel).
These angels engage in spiritual warfare with Satan and his
angels (this is especially true of Michael).
An archangel will
herald the return of Christ.
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