Sunday, January 29, 2017

1:3-7, 13-14


Books are written about these verses. 
I feel like I should say,
"I believe in angels,
I do!  I do!"

"...when He made purification of sins,
He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,
having become as much better than the angels,
as he has inherited a more excellent name than they.
For to which of the angels did He ever say,
'You are My Son,
Today I have begotten You'?
And again, 'I will be a Father to Him
And He shall be a Son to Me'?
And when He again brings the first born into the world,
He says, 'And let all the angels of God worship Him.'
And of the angels He says,
'Who makes His angels winds,
And His ministers a flame of fire...'
 (verses 3-7)
But to which of the angels has He ever said,
'Sit at My right hand,
Until I make Your enemies
A footstool for Your feet'?
Are they not all ministering spirits,
sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation."
(verses 13-14)

No matter how much is written about angels, volumes, it still can fit on the top of a pin compared to what is plain as a hand in front of your face kind of understanding on the other side of the curtain that separates our world and the next.  One last breath here, then all will be revealed as we breathe the next breath in heaven.  And yet, they are able to move from one world to the next.  The Holy Spirit permeates our hearts here below, but somehow, in someway, the angels are "ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those will inherit salvation.  Oh foolish ones who dare to fight with these angels because they are His winds and a flame of fire!  I've heard of missionaries who have seen them surrounding them in dangerous situations when threatened by attack.

Children have these guardian angels who behold the face of God: so don't you dare mess with them, oh you evil ones!  But as we become adults, we too have ministering spirits.  Don't you need one badly sometimes?  I know I do.

In fact, in rare cases, people have seen these angels.  One of my Sunday School boys with crippling rheumatoid  arthritis woke one night to see "the good angel chasing the bad angel away" The next day he walked out free of pain, healed.    I've told the story before of how my sister-in-law as a four year old found herself falling off a ship which was taking her and her mother and siblings to meet their father stationed in Japan.  She saw the huge shining man who caught her and put her back onboard.  Her twin sister saw her falling from the railing where she lost her hand-hold while swinging.  That's what guardian angels do, guard, keeping little ones safe until it is their time to be called away to heaven.  You can't help but think even then, an angel carries them to where a parent cannot go.  Every infant, even every unborn child, every stillborn, every aborted baby has a guardian angel who is there until it is time to transport the one under their care to the Father.

Somehow I think that when we are ministered to by angels, it is to free our hearts to say, "Holy, holy, holy," or to break forth in our hearts to sing with great joy, "Glory to God in the highest!"
These are the angel songs.  Everything else will be swept away as they minister and release our spirits to sing.  It is like as children when we caught a butterfly, some of the butterfly dust came off on our fingers before we released it back to fly away.  We darest not pin it to a board.  That is not the purpose of butterflies.  They are made to fly as we rub the dust left behind on our thumb, a touch of otherness.  Angels help our hearts to soar.

However, first and foremost in this passage, it is meant to separate the reign of the Son from that of the angels.  We do not worship angels.  Next time we will look at how great is the One who sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.  But now we see the purpose of the angels is to worship Him.  That's what we are to be about as well.  That, I believe, is what a ministering spirit is about, to help us, to free us to worship Him.  They are also described as the wind and ministers of flames of fire, shades of Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit in the Upper Room.  So let's put this all back in the nutshell:

1.  His Son is greater.  That's who He is.
2.  Angels are to worship.  That's who they are.
3.  They are wind, flaming fire, ministering spirits sent to render us service.  That's their job. 

That's who we are on the receiving end in need of help.  They are sent.  Why?  Because we have an Advocate who sits on the right hand of the Most high in order to ever make intercession for us.  He left us the Comforter, a Helper so that we need never feel alone.  The Holy Spirit fills us with God's Spirit, but He is part of the Godhead, the Trinity.  Angels are different in their tasks to minister.  I believe it is sometimes, as Daniel saw, to fight in the heavenlies for us against the enemy of our soul.  There is an ongoing battle in the unseen world.  They are sent from above, but are strengthened in their fight by our prayers.  If you've ever felt oppression, pray, and help is instantly on its way to fight for you.

This is only as butterfly dust on my typing fingers offering you a smidge of what there is to be known about angels.  Believe me, there is so much more.

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