God created man just a little LOWER than the angels.
“But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.”
Yes, man was CREATED a little lower than the angels BUT man was also created with imperfections and flaws.
“As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.”
It is a POPULAR SAYING (not found in God’s Word) that the angels were created holy.
YET, how did a third of those angels REBEL AGAINST THEIR CREATOR if they were created ‘holy’?
God’s Word DOES say that SOME (rebellious) angels will be judged fit to suffer in the lake of fire.
“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels”
It is a POPULAR SAYING (particularly in the churches) that fallen angels are DEVILS/DEMONS.
BUT, God Word declares that the rebellious (fallen) angels are “in EVERLASTING chains” in darkness, imprisoned within the earth until their day of judgment–NOT out running around creating mischief among foolish men.
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.”
“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment”
The angels who did NOT rebel against God are referred to (in God’s Word) as ‘holy.’
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory”
“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”
Jesus referred to those angels who remained true to God as “angels of God.”
“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
So, God’s Word DOES state that the angels were created a LITTLE higher than man.
Another POPULAR SAYING (also NOT found in God’s Word) is that those who go to heaven become angels. This is illustrated whenever someone says (in regard to the newly-deceased): “Heaven gained another angel today.” This is ALSO taught in some churches which pretend to honor the Word of God.
However, the Bible DOES state that angels and man are completely different orders of being; that angels CANNOT experience–nor do they need–salvation through Jesus Christ–though the holy angels are interested in that which makes up man’s eternal salvation.
“Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.”
That angels WILL worship God through Jesus Christ. Actually, God’s Word states that NOT all angels will worship Jesus. God’s Word states that the “angels of God” will worship Jesus Christ.
“And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. “
The world depicts angels as being a BIRTHRIGHT for EVERY MAN. God’s Word DOES declare that angels are spirits created by God.
Spirits who minister–to God’s chosen.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire: Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.”
–Psalm 104: 1-2,4-5
“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
And so, God’s HOLY angels–who are referred to as ‘the angels of God’ in His Word, will minister to men who have experienced the spiritual rebirth and worship Jesus Christ.
NOT that those who have experienced the spiritual rebirth are NOW perfect.
They are NOT.
But NOWHERE in God’s Word does it say that those who are ‘born again’ will be perfect in this life.
In fact, God’s Word has many passages which urge the spiritually reborn men to follow the Word of God and to heed its commands and suggestions.
No, the person who is born again will not be perfected until he leaves his body of dirt behind (dies) and becomes a full-fledged member of the kingdom of heaven for eternity.
Which is probably why imperfect man–though he may be spiritually reborn–needs ‘ministering spirits’ (angels of God) to help him along the difficult path he has chosen to walk.
“The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”
DOES the reader believe angels exist?
OR, does the reader believe that angels are just a story told to the simple-minded?
It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
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[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: December 3-5, 2021.]
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–with Mondo Frazier
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