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“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” — Hebrews 1:14
Angels: A topic that I really don’t think much about; I can’t really explain why given that it is such a fascinating subject.
This morning take the time to read Hebrews 1 from the beginning. It is an explanation of where angels fit into the hierarchy of God’s kingdom and the role that they play. Spurgeon explains that they “bear us up in their hands lest we dash our foot against a stone; they are our unseen attendants watching over us with a deep interest.”
Angels are mentioned hundreds of times between the old and new testaments. It is there we can find some of the functions that they are performing:
Spurgeon exhorts us to imagine the spiritual action that is occurring outside of the limited vision into this spiritual world that we possess when he says: “If our eyes could be opened, we should see horses of fire and chariots of fire about the servants of the Lord; for we have come to an innumerable company of angels, who are all watchers and protectors of the seed-royal.
It is an awesome thought to see the heavenly resources that are dedicated to each and every believer. Spurgeon asks the question, “How well are we defended since all the twenty-thousand chariots of God are armed for our deliverance!” The answer? We are so protected that nothing can happen to us outside of God’s will. It is a testimony of God’s love for and interest in the heirs of His Kingdom, that He would take such an army of powerful beings and command them to serve us and watch over us in the capacity in which they do.
As I think back and remember some of the precarious situations that I have gotten myself into over the years (I’ll save you the details) it is comforting as I envision the army that has surrounded me in the midst: watching over me, protecting me, not allowing anything outside of His will.
Finally, Spurgeon reminds us that we need to give glory to Jesus for this encampment of Angels that surround us: “To whom do we owe all this? Let the Lord Jesus Christ be forever endeared to us, for through Him we are made to sit in heavenly places far above principalities and powers.”
Angels are nothing more than beings that God created for His service. Spurgeon, speaking on the topic of angels, points us right back to Jesus. Angels are not to be worshiped or elevated in any capacity. “He it is whose camp is round about them that fear Him; He is the true Michael whose foot is upon the dragon. All hail, Jesus!” thou Angel of Jehovah’s presence, to Thee this family offers its morning vows.