All About Angels (The Glory of Heaven Chapter 8)

The world is fascinated with one final aspect of Heaven that I have not covered in this year. Yet, with all of the fascination, there still seems a lack of knowledge as to who they are and what they do. This final post on Heaven concerns angels.
As John MacArthur finishes his book The Glory of Heaven, he concludes with a chapter on angels.
WHO ARE ANGELS?
Angels are created beings. Psalm 148 says God “commanded and they were created.” They are described through the Bible as a heavenly army. They are not little chubby childlike creatures the way they are often depicted in popular culture. They are awe inspiring creatures. In fact, when an angel announced the birth of Christ to the shepherds, Luke 2 says the shepherds “were terrified.” The angel had to tell them, “Do not be afraid.” When angels showed up at the tomb of Jesus on resurrection day Luke says the women “were terrified and bowed to the ground.”
MacArthur says angels are persons. They “are beings with all the attributes of personality: intellect, feelings, and volition.” They know things, feel things, and make decisions. The ability to know is revealed in Matthew 28 when an angel says, “I know you seek Jesus.” The ability to feel is revealed in Luke 15 where we learn angels rejoice when a sinner repents. The ability to make decisions is what ultimately led Satan, an angel, to rebel against God.
WHAT DO ANGELS DO?
Angels do two basic things: they worship God and they serve God.
1. Angels worship God.
Angels worship. They seem to constantly bring praise to God.
In Isaiah 6:3 the angels are calling out to one another, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts; His glory fills the whole earth.”
Isaiah is invited in to what is happening in Heaven and it is clear that a worship service is happening. The angels calling out to each other their praise for God.
2. Angels serve God
Angels are messengers. They announced to Mary that she was pregnant with Jesus. They announced to the shepherds that Christ was born. They warned Lot and his family about the coming judgment to Sodom.
Angels are guards. Angels were called on to guard the entrance of Eden to ensure Adam and Eve would not return.
Angels minister to Christians. Hebrews 1:14 says, “Are they not ministering spirits sent out to serve those who are going to inherit salvation?” Though unseen, or at least unrecognized, they “are no doubt active in human affairs.”

We do not become angels when we die and go to Heaven. We were not angels in Heaven before we became people on earth. I Corinthians 15:46 says, “The spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.” We will join with angels in worship, but we do not become one. We will remain people and they will remain angels. I once heard a popular minister in my area perform a funeral and at one point he said, “He is an angel in Heaven now.”
The Bible is clear that people and angels are different creations. In fact, I Corinthians 6:3 says, one day we will “judge angels – not to mention ordinary matters.”

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