We learned a lot on Sunday about ANGELS. However, the Scriptures mention much more.
- Scripture warns us that angels can be demons masquerading as ‘angels of light’.
- We also learn from the Scripture that angels do not procreate. The same number of beings existed from the beginning. They do not have to reproduce. Matt 22:23—angels in heaven do not get married.
- They are spiritual beings but seem to have the ability to take human-like form at times.
- There are holy and unholy beings.
- They are often bright in appearance. At the resurrection, the angels were shining brightly.
- Acts 10—the angel appeared in ‘shining clothes’.
- Rev 10—angel robed in a cloud, a face like the sun, legs like fire.
Angels and Humans
- Even though angels are unique to humans, there are some similarities.
-Both are created by God
-Both were created in a state of perfection
-Both have personalities/names
-Both sinned and have appointed times of probation
-Both are to serve God
-Neither are to be worshiped.
-No divine grace was given to the angels
-Angels are a higher order of creations (Psalm 8:5)
-in the future state, humans will have the higher position
-angels are never said to have been made to be in the image of God
-no salvation has been extended to the angels.
Biblically we only see ‘male’ angels, the book of Daniel mentions two angels with masculine names: Michael and Gabriel.
‘Gabriel’ means mighty one of God, or hero of God. He appears to deliver a special message from God to key people to accomplish His plan. He himself said that he stood in the very presence of God.
- 'Michael’ means ‘who is like God’? He is referred to as an ‘archangel’, whereas Gabriel is never mentioned as such.
- We are told in Scripture that Michael fought with Satan over the body of Moses.
- Daniel described Michael as a great prince, a guardian and protector.
- Revelation 12—Michael is a warrior that leads the army of heaven.
Christmas quotes from church fathers
- The Son of God became man to enable men to become the sons of God. — C. S. Lewis
- And God the Word was truly born of the Virgin, having clothed Himself with a body of like passions with our own. He who forms all men in the womb, was Himself really in the womb, and made for Himself a body of the seed of the Virgin, but without any intercourse of man. -Saint Ignatius
- He caused to be made visible to all flesh, [the Word] Himself being made incarnate, that in all things their King might become manifest. For it is necessary that those [beings] which are judged do see the judge, and know Him from whom they receive judgment; and it is also proper, that those which follow on to glory should know Him who bestows upon them the gift of glory. –– Ireneaus