Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Will of Angels

The word of God is pretty silent on the ability of angels to act in free will.  There are some distorted scriptures that cause people to think they can love or hate.  That they have emotions as we do.  That they are somehow independent entities.  It's not so.

 To be clear, they love us because Father loves us.  They don't love out of their own volition.  They care for us. They are ministering angels. Scripture:  Therefore, angels are only servants--spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.  Hebrews 1:14

If they minister, then in what way?  Do they wake up (if they sleep, they don't) and say, I wonder if I should punish old Gene today?  I'm pretty upset with him.  No they have a mandate and an assignment: 
Psalm 91:11
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, To guard you in all your ways.

They even  ministered to Jesus:   Matthew 4:11
Then the devil left Him, and angels came and ministered to Him.

The idea of a Guardian Angel in singularity, is the stuff of bad New Age theology.  There is no scriptural basis for this.  Yet it has crept into our christian understanding.  Some claim to have seen their guardian angel. I can't doubt they have seen an angel and that it was doing the mission of God in watching over them but there are multitudes of them.  Infinite.  As God is infinite.  

Another Crisis of understanding angels is that they like you and me.  They aren't.  They can assume the shape and look as Lot's visitors did.  But they are best described
Hebrews 1:7 
Of the angels he says, “He makes his angels winds, and his ministers a flame of fire.” 

The ones Elisha's servant go to see were like chariots of fire.  Doing the will of God, Ministering, but not out of their own volition.

We are told that we will JUDGE angels.  Don't you realize that we will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life. 1 Corinthians 6:3

2 Peter 2:11 Whereas angels, though greater in might and power, do not pronounce a blasphemous judgment against them before the Lord. 

We must understand that they do what God tells them to do according to His word and here's the kicker, according to our faith and our words of faith.  When a mountain has to be moved or a tree cast into the sea.. how does that happen?  When we speak words and action of doubt and unbelief, does God intervene with OUR free will?  Or do the angels designated just stand quietly waiting for some level of faith so they can respond to the will of God in our lives.  They only can do what God says and what we are able to have faith for.  Sometimes in emergencies He will send them to respond to our fear, difficulty and need.  It's how that works but it is better to respond to our faith believing.

Now for a left turn.  Wives are told by Paul to cover their heads.  1 Corinthians 11:10 That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.   Now if you read it in context: 
A man should not wear anything on his head when worshiping, for man is made in God’s image and reflects God’s glory. And woman reflects man’s glory. For the first man didn’t come from woman, but the first woman came from man. And man was not made for woman, but woman was made for man. 10 For this reason, and because the angels are watching, a woman should wear a covering on her head to show she is under authority.

Why is that important?  Because the Angels understand authority and order.  They understand the need to  reflect God's Glory.  They are wired to be in full dedicated submission (Including will) to God.  They can best minister when they see that in the family.  (I'll get hate mail for this, but it's true).  God best responds to unity and order and he does it thru the perfect unity and order of the Angel Armies who worship HIM and serve man in his behalf.

One last thing:  Jesus is over all.. The visible manifestation of the Father.  Father is a spirit.  No man has seen Him.
Who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers having been subjected to Him. 
1 Peter 3:22  

The HIM is Jesus.  IF an angel had the temerity to deviete for one second from the authory and power in Jesus, it would be chaos.. and it's not.  

About the 1/3rd of the angels who followed Lucifer in rebellion.  I am not going to discuss that here.  There are demons, but I will submit to you there always were.  I used to believe the dragon tail sweep story.  I know the Isahia and Ezekial passages well and have taught them.  Yet.. as I grow in grace I am beginning to understand evil and it's basis.   Yes there is rebellion and chaos in the realm of the demonic.   How and why, let's not assign characteristics to those entities they do not deserve.  They are evil spirits, just as God's Angels are ministering spirits.  Did God create evil?  I don't know.  And might I say, neither do any of us.

I know this doesn't answer the whole question.. but we have to use out Gift of Discernment in reading the word of God for what it is and not having new aged stuff creep in.  


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