What are the works of angels?
Does the Bible record of angels appearing to men and speaking to them?
There are many records. For example:
-Angels foretold of the calamity to befall Sodom (Gen 18-19) and of the birth of Samson (Judg 13:3).
-Angels opposed Balaam (Num 22:31) and helped Joshua (Josh 5:13-14), punished the Israelites (2 Sam 24:16-17), revealed to Daniel (Dan 9:21), announced the birth of John (Lk 1:11) and the birth of Jesus (Lk 1:26).
-Angels also declared the resurrection and ascension of Jesus as well as his second coming (Jn 20:13; Acts 1:10-11).
-They delivered Peter from the prison (Acts 12:7,11), guided Cornelius (Acts 10:30), consoled Paul (Acts 27:23-24) and guided John (Rev 22:8).
Works of angels in heaven
- Standing before God (1 Kings 22:19);
- Doing God’s will (Ps 103:19-20);
- Praising God (Ps 148:2; Isa 6:3; Job 34:7);
- Worshipping Jesus (Phil 2:10; Heb 1:6);
- Defeating devils (Rev 12:7-8);
- Looking into salvation (1 Pet 1:12).
Works of angels to believers on earth
- Watching the words and deeds of saints (1 Cor 4:9);
- Ministering to the saints (Heb 1:14);
- Helping saints forward (1 Kings 19:5);
- Protecting stumbling saints (Ps 91:11-12; Ex 23:20);
- Delivering saints from dangers (Dan 6:22; Ps 30:47);
- Teaching secrets to the saints (Dan 8:19, 9:21-22);
- Comforting saints when they are afraid (Acts 27:23-24);
- Guiding saints in their service (Acts 8:26);
- Strengthening saints (Lk 22:43);
- Delivering the souls of saints (Lk 16:22).
Are there any other special works of angels?
Teaching God’s law to men (Acts 7:53; Heb 2:2; Gal 3:19);
Executing punishment on evil men against God (Acts 12:23; I Kings 19:35).
Works of angels in the future
In the future, angels will descend with Jesus on clouds from heaven (Mt 25:31-32; 2 Thess 1:7). At the end of the world, angels will be sent to gather God’s chosen people (Mt 24:30-31). They will weed out from the heavenly kingdom all who do evil (Mt 13:41,49) and will bind Satan (Rev 20:1-2).
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