A guardian angel is a term with which most of us are familiar. Some may even have a vivid recollection of the 1900s century German color picture of a little girl and a little boy crossing a bridge. Right behind them is a huge angel dressed in radiant white clothing standing guard. Unbeknownst to them, that celestial larger-than-life being, safeguards the children as they cross the bridge. When people nearly escape any type of harm, tragic disaster or accident, it is often said, “Your guardian angel was watching over you.”
As I minister in medical facilities, churches and throughout various communities I am often heard saying and praying, “I pray God’s Angels to mount guard around you to protect and keep you during this situation.”
When studying Angels, it is easily discovered that they are not only our protectors, but they are also known as defenders and guards.
Most often when it comes to angels, safeguarding humans, as valuable as it is, is the only duty that comes to mind and nothing more.
Overlooked in the vast variety of job tasks, these celestial beings in the Bible often get short-changed when it comes to “what” they exactly do. The angelical beings of the Bible had/have so many great tasks and responsibilities that the details of what they did and still do often gets completely forgotten. Most humans have just a basic knowledge in the all-encompassing deeds accomplished by them.
In this article, not only are we going to dare to peek at all they do, we are also going to applaud the hidden things that are so easily forgotten.
The word applause means to cheer, encourage, and have an ovation and to give recognition to with great appreciate. Regardless of the words we use to describe the work of the angels, the overall reigning theme is that they were obedient to their master God and His son (also God) Jesus Christ. The bottom line is that angels assist the Lord in doing His will according to His sovereignty. Biblical angels are known for delivering people out of jail (Acts 5:19); guarding over us (Luke 4:9-12); and rejoicing when sinners repent (Luke 15:10). However, the highest call and purpose angels had was in ministering to Christ himself when He walked the earth.
The most important jobs of an angel were to faithfully serve Christ when he walked the earth as well as surround his throne with praise. Some of the many deeds toward Christ include:
The angels give Jesus nourishment after fasting for 40 days “The Spirit immediately drove Jesus out into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.” - Mark 1:12-13.
The angels were ready at Jesus disposal to fight if He called on them “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Put your sword back into its place. For all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?’ ” - Matthew 26:52
The angels dwell in glory with the Holy Father and Jesus Savior of the world
“For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” - Mark 8:38
“And he said to him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.’” - John 1:51
“Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to him.” - 1 Peter 3:21–22
It is well documented the honor and glory the angels gave and will continue to give in representing Christ. Can you see the purpose of applauding their work? We applaud them in appreciate for a job well done in serving, relentlessly and tirelessly a Holy Savior and Lord. No wonder Isaiah declares the current an ongoing deed of the angels. “And one called out to another and said, “Holy, Holy, Holy, is the LORD of hosts, the whole earth is full of His glory.” Isaiah 6:3
What can we learn from Angels?
a) They were in complete alliance, allegiance and obedience to Christ.
Does your life follow this example?
b) Their first and foremost agenda is to put God first.
c) Whatever the angels saw Christ do, they echoed his mind frame.
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About the author
Simone Lake is a pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, author and conference speaker (both in the U.S. and internationally). Founder of Deep Roots in Christ Ministries (based on Jer. 17:7-8), she teaches spiritual discipline courses, writes devotional articles, is a short-term missionary, prayer coordinator and chaplain. She graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a master’s degree in theological studies (MTS). Simone serves in various areas at Church on Randall Place as well as her associational and state church denomination. Simone and her husband, Pastor John Lake, enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking the Grand Canyon, mountain bike riding and walking their border collie, Scout.
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