A presentation of the ways in which Jesus is different than and superior to angels. The passage concludes with the explanation of the role angels are to play: ministering spirits to serve those who will inherit salvation.
- No angel is the Son of God the Father
- Angels worship Jesus
- Jesus is anointed by God with the oil of joy
- Jesus laid the foundations of earth
- Jesus created the heavens
- Jesus is eternal and unchanging
- Jesus sits at the right hand of God
- Angels are ministering spirits sent to serve believers
9. a. Angels are celestial beings but not divine.
b. Angels are prayed to. Angels are praised. Angels are deified in song and artwork. People mistakenly think that dead love ones become angels and come back to minister to them as such. Angels in statues and jewelry and artwork and slogans are given credit for the ministering they deliver.
c. It is akin to raising up the delivery man for the gift we receive in the mail. Nothing against the postal worker, but he or she is only the messenger.
Angels are real. They are among us sent by God to minister to us. They are God’s messengers and those he sends to carry out specific tasks and deliver specific messages. They live in the presence of God and experience His glory first hand. They are not humans, were not humans. They are not God and were not God. But they are real.
Through the stories of people in the direst situations that we interact with: survivors of a Cat5 tornado in Joplin, recovering drug and alcohol survivors who lost everything to addiction, those imprisoned – we hear how they know and saw angels sent to protect them from death. They do not worship angels – the worship Jesus to is above the angels. They have no question angels are real, Jesus real and the grace of God is the only way.
Knowing that angels are ministering to me gives me strength and courage. Knowing that God loves me so that he looks after me in so many ways is a comfort above all others.