Angels do a variety of tasks for God the Creator of all:
- They worship God (Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 5:8-13).
- They praise God (Psalm 148:1-2; Isaiah 6:3).
- They are messengers—They serve as messengers to communicate God’s will to men as in the book of Daniel and Revelation.
- They guide—Angels gave God’s instructions to Joseph about the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1-2), to the women at the tomb, to Philip (Acts 8:26) and to Cornelius (Acts 10:1-8).
- They provide—God used angels to provide physical needs such as food for Hagar (Genesis 21:17-20), Elijah (1 Kings 19:6) and Christ after His temptation (Matthew 4:11).
- They protect—God send His angels to protect people out of physical danger as in the cases of Daniel and the lions and his three friends in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3 and 6).
- They deliver—God sent His angels to deliver the apostles from prison in Acts 5 and repeated the process for Peter in Acts 12.
- They strengthen and encourage—Angels strengthened Jesus after His temptation (Matt 4:11) and told Paul that everyone on his ship would survive the shipwreck (Acts 27:23-25).
- They bring answers to prayer (Acts 12:5-10).
- They help in winning people to Christ (Acts 8:26; 10:3).
- They serve as executioners—Angels are used by God to punish sin. An angel of the Lord went forth and smote an Assyrian camp (2 Kings 19:20-34). And at the time of the Exodus, the Egyptian firstborn were killed by an angel of death.
In His service,