Angels are created beings that are a little higher than man (Hebrews 2:7). They are spiritual beings (Hebrews 1:14) without physical bodies but at times take a physical form to appear to men (Genesis 19:1). The Bible does not state that angels are created in the image and likeness of God, as humans are (Genesis 1:26). Good angels are sent by God for the ministry of believers (Hebrews 1:14).
Although angels have no physical bodies, they are still personalities. They have intelligence (Matthew 8:29; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Peter 1:12), emotions (Luke 2:13; James 2:19; Revelation 12:17), and exercise their free will (Luke 8:28-31; 2 Timothy 2:26; Jude 6). And the good angels are subject to God.
Angels are created beings, therefore, their knowledge is limited. This means they do not know all things as God (Matthew 24:36). And because angels (good and evil) have watched humans for thousands of years, they have acquired more knowledge of human behavior and understand the Bible (Revelation 12:12; James 2:19).
Activities of the good angels
- They worship God (Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 5:8-13).
- They praise God (Psalm 148:1-2; Isaiah 6:3).
- They are sent to help the believers (Hebrews 1:14).
- They bring answers to prayer (Acts 12:5-10).
- They encourage in times of danger (Acts 27:23-24).
- They serve God (Psalm 103:20; Revelation 22:9).
- They are instruments of God’s judgments (Revelation 7:1; 8:2).
- They help in winning people to Christ (Acts 8:26; 10:3).
How strong is an angel?
Angels are mighty warriors of God Almighty. About their strength, the Bible tells us, “That night the angel of the LORD went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning–there were all the dead bodies!” (2 kings 19:35). When the Assyrians raged war against Israel, God sent His angel and he alone destroyed 185,000 Assyrians in one night.
Angels are a different order of beings than humans. They are spirit beings (Hebrews 1:14) They were created as an order of creatures higher than humans (Hebrews 2:9). Therefore, they possess greater knowledge and power.
These heavenly beings (Psalm 103:20; Hebrews 1:7) are messengers (Luke 1:19; 2:8-14). In a general sense, they use their powers in controlling nature (Revelation 7:1; 16:3, 8, 9), controlling nations (2 Kings 19:35), and doing God’s bidding. And in an individual sense, angels use their powers to protect God’s children (Psalm 34:7; Daniel 6:20, 23), serve the faithful (Hebrews 1:14), fight the enemy (Psalm 35:4, 5) guard individuals (Matthew 18:10), deliver from danger (Acts 12:7) and provide physical needs to God’s children (Genesis 21:17-20; 1 Kings 19:5-7).
Even Satan’s angels have great powers which are used for his evil purposes. But thank God, these evil angels will be finally destroyed at the lake of fire (Matthew 25:41). And they will trouble the world no more.
In His service,