In this section, we will indicate what we learn about ‘angels’ as in the New Testament. Without doubt, the Old Testament provides us with much information too.
D85 - Angels are real
Angels are for real. They are supernatural beings found in the Bible.
In Matt 1:20, it explains how an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream to encourage him to take Mary as his wife. Then, he was also told by angels on how to protect the baby Jesus from King Herod (Matt 2:12-21).
Zacharias, father of John the Baptist, encountered the Angel Gabriel while serving in the temple (Luke 1:11-20).
They are mentioned repeatedly throughout the New Testament.
D86 - Angels are created beings and are not to be worshipped
We should never worship angels.
Like us, angels are created beings who have different functions from us. In fact, Paul explained that one day, believers will judge angels (1 Cor 6:3):
‘Do you not know that we are to judge angels?’
When John fell down at the feet of an angel and worshiped him in the Book of Revelation, the angel’s reply was,
‘Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God’ (Rev 22:8-9).
Believers do not worship angels.
D87 - Angels make announcements on behalf of God
It was the archangel Gabriel who announced to Mary that she was to bear a son, and not just any son but the Son of God. And it was also Gabriel who met Zechariah, the High Priest, earlier to announce the conception of John the Baptist by Elizabeth, the wife of Zechariah (Luke 1:19).
The archangel Gabriel seemed to be the official angel of announcements for key events.
Angels also comfort. Like the case of Jesus after his temptation by the devil when they came to ‘minister to him’ (Matt 4:11).
D88 - Angels are involved in warfare with the devil
In Rev 12:7, it speaks about a war in heaven in which Michael, the archangel, was stronger and prevailed against Satan whom he dumped to earth together with Satan’s fallen angels.
In Jude 1:9, it talks about a time when archangel Michael disputed with the devil about the body of Moses. What exactly was the discussion, we do not know as this was not highlighted.
Angels have different functions and the Archangel Michael is the one that seemed to be involved in warfare with Satan.