“Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (NIV)
So what’s the deal with angels? Well, the answer may surprise you.
They’re mentioned 273 times in the Bible; and “angel” is a word that means “messenger.” So an angel is basically a messenger of God.
Sometimes they appear “other-worldly.” Unlike the cute, harp-playing sweeties you see in greeting cards, they come across as powerful and invoke awe and reverence. But an angel can also blend right in and appear like a person.
To some of you, all of this may seem a bit strange. So why am I talking about it?
A little while ago, someone sent me an email asking about angels. At first, it made me dig up some of some of this background info. But it begged another question: Why do they even exist?
To get my full response, you can link to my podcast about it here. But today, I just want to share this thought with you:
Angels are evidence of battle.
In life, there’s an invisible battle between good and evil. Let me be clear: It’s not a battle between people—but against “evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world…” (Ephesians 6:12).
I know, I know. That’s pretty heavy. But my question is this: If God does battle for you, is your head in the game, or are you taking things in life a bit too lah-di-dah?
I think the invisible forces of evil in our world take a swing and love it when we take God casually; when we neglect the Bible; when we act out of anger and not love; and when we get so busy that we can’t serve God and bless others with any consistency.
We certainly don’t know everything on this one. But to me, angels are evidence of battle. The good news is that if you trust Jesus, the battle is won. His victory on the cross is your victory too. And even though life is tough and it feels like you’re still in the sixth inning, you can live boldly with the assurance that God is actively with you on the path to victory.
With Christ, you will not lose. So chin up. Chest out. You are not alone. As Chris Tomlin sings in “Whom Shall I Fear”:
“The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side.”
By Matthew Ruttan