An Angel can be messenger a
spiritual, celestial being, superior to man in power
and intelligence or one of a class of ``fallen
angels;'' an evil spirit; as in the devil and his
The existence and orders of angels can only be
discovered from the Scriptures. Although the Bible
does not treat of this subject specially, yet there
are numerous incidental details that furnish us with
ample information. Their personal existence is
plainly implied in such passages as Gen. 16:7, 10,
11; Judg. 13:1-21; Matt. 28:2-5; Heb. 1:4, etc.
These superior beings are very numerous.
The functions of Angels are manifold. (a) In the
widest sense they are agents of God’s providence
(Ex. 12:23; Ps. 104:4; Heb. 11:28; 1 Cor. 10:10; 2
Sam. 24:16; 1 Chr. 21:16; 2 Kings 19:35; Acts
12:23). (b) They are specially God’s agents in
carrying on his great work of redemption.
A word signifying, both in the Hebrew and Greek, a
“messenger,” and hence employed to denote any agent
God sends forth to execute his purposes. It is used
of an ordinary messenger (Job 1:14: 1 Sam. 11:3;
Luke 7:24; 9:52), of prophets (Isa. 42:19; Hag.
1:13), of priests (Mal. 2:7), and ministers of the
New Testament (Rev. 1:20).
The Incarnation introduces a new era in the
ministrations of angels. They come with their Lord
to earth to do him service while here. They predict
his advent (Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:26-38), minister to
him after his temptation and agony (Matt. 4:11; Luke
22:43), and declare his resurrection and ascension
(Matt. 28:2-8; John 20:12, 13; Acts 1:10, 11).
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