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  • Betty A. Burnett

Angels are Watching Over Us

Updated: Jun 19


The message today is pertaining to the ministry of angels in the Gospels and in the New Testament. Someone may ask why I separate the Gospels from the Old Testament. Well, it’s like this. Although the Gospels are considered part of the New Testament, in actuality, that is not true. The last part of the Gospels is the New Testament, and this is why.


The Old Testament was the old covenant, but when Jesus died, the veil was torn and a new and better covenant came. Jesus the Testator (owner of the will) had to die before the will became effective. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second (Hebrews 8:7).


1)  Angel delivered Peter out of  prison- Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.  And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. 


Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so, he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” So, he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.


When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.


 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people (Acts 12:5-11).






2)    The angels protect and minister to God’s children- Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve (protect, minister) those who will inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:14)? Satan has tried many ways to destroy us, but God has commissioned  His angels to protect and minister to us.

 






3)    We are lower than angels- Since we are lower than angels on this side of eternity, who gives anyone the right to command angels? You have made Him a little lower than the angels (Psalm 8:5, Hebrews 2:7a). Jesus was a little lower than angels while He was on the earth. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels (Matthew 26:53)?



This scripture has been misinterpreted by certain people. They look at and think they can command angels to do whatever they tell them to do.


David also knew and wrote about us being protected. Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, no evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling; for He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways (Psalm 91:9-11).


Doesn’t this look like a contradiction? God’s Word is never contradictory, so, let’s look at a couple of words. When you are in a restaurant, do you command the server to help you?


Also, when someone is being ministered to, they should humbly show gratitude. That is why when I am praying alone, or with others, I thank the Lord for His angels that He has given charge over me to keep (help) me in all my ways.

Please use the scriptures within their proper context.


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Betty A. Burnett ~ burnettministries.org

 


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