Devotional: ‘Ministers of God’s Will’

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Often when we see figurines of angels, they are very feminine. Angels are often portrayed as having long, flowing gowns and beautiful golden hair. Yet the Bible teaches us that angels aren’t wimps.

No doubt angels are very beautiful and spectacular beings, yet their beauty should not be mistaken as a sign of weakness. Angels guarded the Garden of Eden and prohibited man from reentering. (Genesis 3:24) Angels carried out God’s judgment against Sodom and Gomorrah. (Genesis 19) And we see from scripture that God often used a single angel to defeat entire armies. (2 Samuel 24:16; Isaiah 37:36) Peter tells us that angels are mighty in power and strength. (2 Peter 2:11)

Yet there are things that angels are not called to do. Angels have not been given the responsibility of sharing the gospel with the lost. That task has been given to God’s children. Notice what Peter tells us about angels and their interest in our salvation.

Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.  It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.  (1 Peter 1:10-12)

Today we understand things that neither the Old Testament prophets, nor the angels in heaven ever knew. We know that God sent His Son to the world to be mankind’s Savior. We know that God planned for His Son to be crucified on a cross in our place. We know that salvation is not something that we can earn, but instead it is a free gift of God’s grace. And we know that it is available for whosoever will believe. Even though many of the Old Testament prophets were used to record these things, they did not fully understand what they were writing; neither do the angels in heaven. “Angels longing” makes it seem as though they are bending down and watching carefully concerning our salvation. Having said that, I am sure that they were amazed when Jesus left His throne in heaven and came to earth. Even more so, they must have been stunned as they watched Him being nailed to the cross. Jesus said that with one word thousands of angels would have rushed to His rescue. (see Matthew 26:53)

Although God has used angels in various ways to help complete His plan of salvation, for the most part they have had to stand by and watch. I am sure they were amazed when they saw heaven’s King die on the cross and even more so when we don’t tell others why He did.

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