DO ANGELS REALLY EXIST?
Angels are personal spiritual beings who have intelligence, emotions, and will. This is true of both the good and evil angels (demons). Angels possess intelligence (Matthew 8:29; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Peter 1:12), show emotion (Luke 2:13; James 2:19; Revelation 12:17), and exercise will (Luke 8:28-31; 2 Timothy 2:26; Jude 6). Angels are personalities.
Because they are created beings, their knowledge is limited. First, angels were created as an order of creatures higher than humans. Therefore, they possess and exhibit greater knowledge. Second, angels study the Bible and the world more thoroughly than humans do and gain knowledge from it (James 2:19; Revelation 12:12). Third, angels gain knowledge through long observation of human activities. Unlike humans, angels do not have to study the past; they have experienced it.
Angels are subject to the will of God. Good angels are sent by God to minister to those who believe in Christ.
Some of the activities of angels include; Praising God (Psalm 148:1-2) worshipping and serving God (Hebrews 1:6). Sometimes angels bring answers to prayer (Acts 12:5-10). They may show people the way to Christ. They provide help in times of danger. They are present at the time of death (Luke 16:22).
Angels are a different order of being than humans. Human beings do not become angels after they die. Angels will never become, and never were, human beings. God created the angels, just as He created humanity. The Bible does not say that angels are created in the image and likeness of God as human beings are. Angels are spiritual beings. Humans are physical beings with a spiritual aspect. Angels are often messengers of God to deliver specific commands, instructions or warnings from God for His holy and sacred purposes. According to the scriptures human beings may have an angelic encounter and never be aware of the fact that an angel was in their presence. (Hebrews 13:2)
Russ Hobbs is a pastor, professor, counselor, storyteller, writer and broadcaster and the director of Russ Hobbs Ministries. Russ’ radio ministry can be heard Sunday’s at 12Noon on WLBR Radio 1270AM Lebanon.