Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? – Heb. 1:14 NIV
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The Bible right from its first book of Genesis identified four spiritual beings namely, Jehovah who is referred to as God (Gen. 1:1), Jesus Christ who was to be revealed later as the Word and who incarnated into the world as His son (Jn. 1:1-14), the Holy Spirit who was identified as the third member of the Trinity and the Counsellor and Comforter (Jn. 14:15-18; 16:5-15), and finally the angels who it seemed were the foot soldiers that were implementing the directives of the Most High. Throughout the scriptures, they featured mainly in the role of implementing tasks, either for Jehovah when Gabriel was sent to announce the imminent arrival of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ to Zechariah and Mary respectively – Lk. 15-2:20; 1:26-38. Angel Gabriel on that occasion, revealed his role in heaven as the one who stands before Jehovah day and night. In further revelation of the role of the angels, they were referenced as the beings that will be given instructions, to guard his children and keep them safe from striking their feet against a stone – Psa. 91:11. The bible also revealed that the angels once gathered before Jehovah and Lucifer was present – Job. 1:2. He was to later implement the task of testing the faith of Job, albeit with the permission of Jehovah. So generally they play the role of implementing tasks on behalf of the Trinity.
Religious scholars have over the ages identified a class of seven highly ranked angels called Arch-angels namely Selaphiel, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Jophiel, Berachiel and Uriel, though only two of them were so identified in the Bible – 1Thess. 4:16; Jude 1:9; Daniel 10:12. Some students of the study of angels present the view that Lucifer (who is also described as the Dragon) is also an Arch-angel, but the bible merely described him as the fallen morning star (Isa. 14:12-15), without associating him with the word “angel”. However, with his description as a “star”, some have concluded that all the angels can also be described as stars, especially when the account of the disciple John on the events around the hurling of the Dragon to the earth revealed that he was hurled in the company of some angels (Rev. 12:7-9), who were to be described subsequently as fallen angels – 2Pet. 2:4. So in summary, it can be concluded that all the angels in heaven, including those classified as Arch-angels constitute the heavenly hosts whilst all those that fell with Lucifer make up the class of the fallen angels.
Irrespective of the classification however, the Bible describes all of them in the scripture that is the foundation of today’s Devotional as ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation. No wonder the Psalmist revealed that he made his angels spirits and his servants flames of fire – Heb. 1:7; Psa. 104:4. Hmmmmm.
To inherit salvation is to be the beneficiary of a benevolent act that saves one from a not too pleasant experience. Though the beneficiary may not merit such benevolence yet the benefactor out of being generous bestows the Grace on the beneficiary. In the case in reference, the writer of the book of Hebrews was definitely referring to Jesus Christ as the benefactor, with those whom he has found worthy to be saved from the impending doom that awaits all those on whose neck the yoke of sin is dangling, as the beneficiaries. These were all those who have sincerely accepted him as their Lord and Saviour. Those were the ones for whom the angels were to be ministering spirits.
The scripture in reference uses the phrase, “who will inherit”, which means that these angels will be ministering to these set of people before they inherit salvation. To minister to someone will mean to attend to the needs of the person. This implies that these angels are to attend to the needs of people who have assurance of salvation. So true Christians who are indeed born again have spiritual bodies that are always available to attend to their needs.
This also cannot be physical needs as these are beings that operate mainly in the spiritual realm, so it must be about these beings, being available to implement the spiritual needs of the Christian in order to achieve spiritual objectives. What a great provision of Jehovah for all true Christians to aid them in achieving life objectives, especially when it is known that most successes with life’s objectives would have been accomplished in the spiritual realm before its manifestation in the physical. So the true Christian that desires spiritual intervention in a situation may not always have to spend time in prayers as all such need do is to give instructions to the relevant angels who are always ready to implement such instructions. Wow! So that delay or failure in prayer may actually be the result of improper construction of prayer lines, with the Christian praying to God for intervention in a situation where all that should have been done was to order an angel to implement an instruction. Whether from the class of angels amongst the hosts of heaven or the fallen angels, they are all available to minister to the request of the true Christian as the basic awareness will be that nothing will be effected in the spiritual realm without their deployment.
You may not know them by name, but you must be conscious of their readiness to serve you and the fact that all they await is your order to them, in a master to servant manner, in order to act on that your request. Avoid some of those unnecessary delays that characterize your prayer life and begin to enjoy the life of one who has powerful servants to call on. You are a candidate for salvation but until you depart this realm, maximise your rights and save yourself from unnecessary pain by commanding those angels to act on your behalf. It will be a simple way of confirming your candidacy for salvation. May we continue to live the lives of princes in this realm in Jesus name. Amen.