Angelology 102

10 Nov

This is the second post in a mini-series on angels. The first post can be read here. I will recap the main teaching points from the first post below and then provide some new material and some interesting illustrations.

Who are angels?

Angels are created beings

Just like everything other than the Godhead, angels were created. Specifically, the Lord Jesus created them (Colossians 1:16; cf. Psalm 148.1-5). They didn’t evolve. There is no such thing as “angelic metamorphosis”.

Angels are personal beings

They have intellect, feelings and the ability to make decisions, obey commands, give instructions, and worship almighty God.

Angels are spirit beings

Hebrews 1:13–14 refers to angels as “ministering spirits”. They have no material body, at least not the kind we’re familiar with. But that doesn’t prevent them from appearing in visible form when God deems it necessary.

Angels are servant beings

Psalm 103:20–21 Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers, who do his will!

They were specifically sent to minister to Jesus (Matthew 4.11)

How did they minister to Jesus? The text doesn’t tell us, but we can use our sanctified imaginations and figure they probably brought food for His body. Undoubtedly they still worshiped Him as was their normal response to God the Son. Surely they offered words of encouragement.

They are specifically sent to minister to believers (Hebrews 1.14)

Rob Morgan is a personal friend of mine who pastors the Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, TN. He recently posted the following two stories in his journal (I read them here) that vividly demonstrate the potentiality of angels ministering to believers TODAY:

A Gideon worker named Don Gleaves was assigned to take a trip to the Ukraine, in 1994. Another local Gideon was taking Don to an area about three or four hours away. Out in the middle of nowhere their car broke down. It was the distributor cap that had broken apart. There was no way to put it back together. Don and the driver stood on the side of the road praying and a car passed them and pulled over. A man got out and walked back to them and without saying a word handed them a distributor cap. It fit perfectly. The man wouldn’t take any money; he just turned around and left.

James Forlines shared another story with Rob about two friends of his, Chris and Jackie Leggett, who are missionaries in Mauritania (a country in West Africa). They were going to a conference in Senegal (due south of Mauritania), and because of the congestion at the main border crossing, they took another route using largely deserted back roads through the Sahara.

They had been driving on this very rough, unmaintained road for many hours and hadn’t seen any other vehicle or person. Suddenly their front tire detached from the vehicle and went rolling down the road in front of them, and the vehicle came to a sudden stop. They retrieved the tire, but didn’t have a way of securing it back onto the car. They didn’t have any lug nuts. Jackie and the children got out of their car and began walking back down the road to try to find their missing lug nuts.

Suddenly a shiny black, very new-looking and very clean SUV passed them, stopped, reversed, and pulled alongside Chris. Jackie said this was odd for several reasons: They were in the poorest country in the world where no one could have afforded that kind of vehicle, and they had been on that road for hours without seeing any other vehicles and were out in the middle of no where, so where did this car come from?

Well, the man in the car asked Chris what the problem was, and when he told him, the man reached over and gave Chris five golden-colored lug nuts out of a bag full of them! Then he drove off. Jackie said, “Now who carries around a bag of lug nuts, much less gold-colored ones?”

I know of no biblical reason why both of these stories couldn’t be examples of angels being used by God to minister to the needs of His people. Here is a third and final story:

In 1944, the penniless wife of a pastor and evangelist in Switzerland, Susie Ware prayed, “God, I need five pounds of potatoes, two pounds of pastry flour, apples, pears, a cauliflower, carrots, veal cutlets for Saturday, and beef for Sunday.”

A few hours later, someone knocked on the door, and there was a young man carrying a basket, who said, “Mrs. Ware, I am bringing what you asked for.” It was precisely what she’d prayed for—down to the exact brand of pastry flour she wanted. The young man slipped away, and even though Rev. and Mrs. Ware watched at the window to their building, the man never exited. He just disappeared (Anderson, Joan Wester. Where Angels Walk, New York: Ballantine Books, 1992, pp. 60-62).

What are your thoughts? Feel free to “Leave a Comment” below!


Posted by on November 10, 2011 in Angels


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8 responses to “Angelology 102

  1. Maria Frost

    January 24, 2014 at 11:13 am

    My husband and my two daughters were driving home very early in the morning about 9.00,all of a sudden We noticed smoke coming out of the hood of the car,than in a few minutes,flames.We quickly jumped out and from somewhere someone was putting out the flames,and we were saved,we wanted to thank who ever it was,and there was no one there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I know this was an angel ,and since then I believe.

    • Jeff Manning

      January 24, 2014 at 1:04 pm

      Maria, I’m so thankful you and your husband were uninjured in those flames!

  2. Sandra Hess

    November 12, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I made a comment on facebook about my Aunt passing away and being an Angel in Heaven with God and one of your church members was very quick to set me straight that humans are not Angels. that is what she learned in your church and passed along this site for me to read. I am sorry that my comment upset her. I am sad and miss her and it comforts me to know that her soul is with the Lord. Did not mean to ruffle any feathers.

    • Jeff Manning

      November 13, 2011 at 6:27 am

      Sandra, there is nothing so comforting as knowing that someone we dearly love knows Christ as Savior and, upon their death, goes to be with Him in Heaven. Your sadness is very appropriate. Don’t know if you’ve heard of it, but we offer GriefShare at our church on Wednesday nights. If you’d like to learn more about it, go to Oh, and don’t worry about those “feathers.” ;o)

  3. bryan edwards

    November 11, 2011 at 12:10 am

    My best friend, Cliff, related a story to us this past Christmas about an angel he thinks he encountered. We worked together at a police department some 28 to 30 years ago, & he never told me this story before. He was working late one night, & had brought food from home. When he sat down to eat it in the kitchen, a tall, homeless man in a long, shabby overcoat walked into the station & asked the dispatcher if they had any food or money for food.

    Cliff was indignant that the man was bothering the dispatcher & got up, irritated, to run the man off. As he was walking toward the man, he suddenly felt his own heart melt, & decided instead to give the man some of his home-cooked food, maybe even all of it.

    He could see the man walking out the door, but when Cliff went out into the night air to catch him, he had vanished. The outside building lights were on, & the street was lit, but the man was gone. He even got into his car to go look for him, but the man was not found.

    Cliff knew all of the local street people, but had never seen that man before, or since. Cliff said the Lord convicted him that night, & he says he has never passed a beggar since then that he did not stop to help if he could.

    • Jeff Manning

      November 11, 2011 at 9:29 am

      Thanks for sharing this, Bryan. It’ll be interesting when we get to Heaven and find out exactly what all was going on behind the scenes…I’m sure we’ll be AMAZED!

  4. sarah

    November 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Honestly, I have never really given angels on earth much thought. I find this very intriguing. I guess because there is so much hogwash out there that is wrong about supernatural things that I just end up cynical about this type of stuff.

    Of course, I have never actually read/heard of any examples from believers either.

    • Jeff Manning

      November 10, 2011 at 8:34 pm

      Anything I can do to help remove any cynicism is a blessing! 😉 Thanks again for the FB editorial assistance. By the way, I’ll be sharing some more angel stories in next couple of blogs in this series.


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