The Truth About Angels
Today’s Text: Hebrews 1:14
WALKING THROUGH THE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS
While it took decades to be recognized as such, Frank Capra created a movie classic with his 1946 release of It’s a Wonderful Life.
Who hasn’t sympathized with George Bailey’s skepticism as he is guided by a wannabe angel through a paranormal experience?
And, what first-time viewer hasn’t been a little perplexed when the unexpected jingle of a Christmas bell signals that “Clarence” finally earned his wings?
Obviously fictitious, this holiday fixture underscores our culture’s interest in angels during the Christmas season.
In biblically documented accounts, the activities of the angelic realm continue beyond the Nativity, as seen in the following passage:
Are they [angels] not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Cultural fascination with angels spiked in the 1980’s generating a lucrative genre for media industries. Pennies on the ground, feathers floating in the air, bells tinkling and electric lights flickering were all cited as imagined-proof of angelic activity.
With growing public interest, bookstores and libraries created new sections devoted to the topic of angels. Angel-awareness seminars highlighted interest in angelic activity; psychics boasted ability to connect people with guardian angels; and, websites archiving angel encounters ballooned into a new market driven trend.
The hype, however, has little to do with angelic encounters documented in the Bible. Angels are awesome beings that do not acquiesce to the quirks of popular opinion or the desires of individuals.
Angelic beings are devoted in service to God; and, as today’s text indicates, they are “ministering spirits.” Their actions are not governed by man’s desires, but rather by God’s supreme will as He carries out His sovereign purposes in the lives of men.
Do we benefit from the activity of angels today? Undoubtedly!
Do they leave clues to their presence? Probably not!
The writer of the book of Hebrews suggests the possibility that when we use our homes and resources for hospitality, we could conceivably be entertaining angels.
However, their presence in our midst will most likely be without our knowledge:
“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels” (Heb. 13:2).
As ministering spirits, angels are responsible to protect, guide and assist in providing answers to our prayers (Ps. 91:1-12; Acts 8:26; 12:1-11). Although angels do not necessarily reveal themselves or their names, most people of faith can look back on miraculous events in their lives as assurance that God provided angelic help at times of great need.
Open your heart and mind to the truth that God used angels to actively engage in the outworking of His perfect plan and purpose surrounding the birth of His Son. As you reflect, rejoice in that fact and that God still sends His ministering spirits to intervene on our behalf in the day-to-day realities of life!
Charles E. McCracken is an international Bible teacher, long-time friend of Israel and advocate for the Jewish people. Rev. McCracken is known for authenticity in communicating biblical truth making his presentations relevant for those seeking to understand the significance of Israel and the church in Bible prophecy. He staunchly supports the nation of Israel and the Jewish people’s right to exist and live in peace.
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author via Contact Form under ABOUT. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Emphasis added.)
1) Walking to church, (c. 1853). By George Henry Durrie (1820–1863) [PD-US, PD-Art], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) It’s a Wonderful Life picturing Henry Travers as Clarence the angel and James Stewart as George Bailey. Screenshot [Public domain].
3) Gabriel Speaks to Zacharias in the Holy Place of the Temple (circa. 1886- 1894). By James Joseph Jacques Tissot (1836–1902) [PD-US, PD-Art], via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
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