We seem to have entered an era where, among Christians, there is a growing fascination with angels. Unfortunately, some have allowed this fascination to go too far. We see around us what amounts to a cult worship of angels. To dispel some of the mystique concerning angels let us look to God's Word, the Bible.
The Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words used for "angel" all mean "messenger or ambassador," in other words a servant. Angels reside in Heaven therefore, they are Heavenly beings- but are not Divine beings. Since they are heavenly beings we tend to view them with awe. Yet, we must remember that they, like us, are only servants of God. The awe we exhibit should
be for the fact that Our Heavenly Father cares enough about us to send
messengers into our lives. It also should be remembered, that by definition, not all angels are heavenly beings. The Preacher, neighbor, stranger, etc., who has
touched our lives in a special way bringing us closer to God, is also by
definition an angel. Also important to keep in mind is that not all angels come
to do God's work.
"And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light."
2 Corinthians 11:14)
A lot of the reverence given to angels stems from some of the accounts of angel-human meetings contained in Old Testament. What should be remembered is that the angel (messenger/ambassador) was, in a lot of cases, none other than Jesus, who most certainly deserved the worship. How do angels view themselves?
"And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
"Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, 'See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God."
While it is human to be fascinated with angels, after all they are a manifestation of God's love for us, as Christians, it is important to keep in mind that worship, awe, reverence, and esteem are due the Master, not the servant. This is what the Bible teaches us.
As a side-bar, have you ever considered that angels, having never been separated from God's love and presence, can not appreciate that love and presence as fully as those who have been separated from them for a time.
page updated 04/02/2011.