What does the bible truly say about angels
From childhood up to now, you’ve probably come across various stories about angels. You might even have seen pictures and sculptures of them.
In today’s world and especially in pop culture, an angel is always someone with enormous wings, a good physique, a pretty face and a halo on the top of the head. An angel is considered a warm and kind being with magical powers. People even say angels are the messengers of God who help people find the right path in their lives.
There are many beliefs about angels, but which of those are real? Are the portrayals of angels accurate? The answer could be in the Holy Bible. So let's take a look at what it has to say about angels.
8 Facts About Angels According To The Holy Bible
1. Angels are created by God
Just like us, angels are beings created by God. They have intelligence, emotions, will and knowledge, but unlike the all-powerful and almighty God, their abilities are limited.
In the book Colossians chapter 1 verse 16, Apostle Paul clearly said: “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things.” God creates all things both in heaven and on earth, and these include angels.
2. Angels Are Never Meant to be Worshipped
Angels might be mighty messengers of God, but the Holy Bible says they are never meant to be worshipped.
Still the book of Colossians, the Apostle Paul addressed angels’ worship as one of the false doctrines being taught in the church of Colossae. It is written in Colossians 2:18, “Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous.”
In the book of Revelation, meanwhile, an angel also warned John not to worship him. It says in Revelation 19:10, “When I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that! I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.” For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” The angel himself rebuked John regarding the worship of angels and told him to worship only the Almighty God.
3. We shouldn’t pray to angels
We’re also not ought to pray to angels. In 1 Timothy 2:5, the Apostle Paul said, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
There is only one mediator between God and men, and that is Jesus. So when we pray, we should come directly to God who hears and answers prayers.
Remember that angels are beings like us, and they’re still under the rule and authority of God. And although they may be more powerful than us, they’re still not equal or more powerful than God. So why not just go directly to God in prayer? He is the Only One who is able.
4. Angels are powerful
Although we shouldn’t worship or pray to them, we can’t discount the fact that they are powerful. Like what we see in the movies and read in books, angels hold a lot of power to fight against evil.
In verses Revelation 12:7–8, 20:1–3, we can see the angels use their strength and power to fight against the demons and evil forces.
5. Angels help execute God’s plans
In the Holy Bible, plenty of verses show us how God uses angels to carry out His plans.
For instance, angels frequently deliver God’s messages to people. In fact, we see in Luke 1:30-31 that an angel informed Mary about the birth of Jesus.
There are also instances in the Bible, where angels helped carry out God’s judgement. One example is when an angel struck King Herod dead because he failed to glorify God (Acts 12:23).
And according to Matthew 16:27, Christ will return in glory with angels accompanying Him.
6. Angels are not all-knowing
Angels may be powerful and wise, but their knowledge is still limited. There are still some things that only God knows. For example, in Matthew 24:36, Jesus said, “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.” However, they still seem to have more knowledge than humans.
7. There’s no proof that guardian angel exists for each person
The Bible says that God sends angels to protect His people: "He will give His angels charge of you to guard you in all your ways. on their hand, they will bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone (Psalm 91:11-12).”
However, there is no exact proof in the Scriptures that states that an angel is “assigned” to each individual. Sometimes, God sends angels to individuals, but there’s no mention that those angels were permanently designated to protect a person.
8. Angels glorify and obey God
As mentioned earlier, angels help carry out God’s plan. Meaning, they obey God’s will without question. Not only that, they also glorify and praise God as said in Isaiah 6:3 “And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.”
Just like us, God created angels. They are never equal or more powerful than God. Thus, we are never meant to worship them and present our supplications to them. We should worship God only and just like the angels, obey and praise Him as long as we live.