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Dear readers we are into our third week of the study of angels and their role in the marvelous redemptive work that God continues to perform for His glory and the salvation of those who will believe and accept Jesus as their Lord and savior. Like the world’s most beautiful tapestry, God weaves elements together to make a beautiful masterpiece, and the working of angels in the believer’s life is a part of God’s threadwork. That may be an oversimplification of the ministry of angels but it fits for this purpose.
Psalms 103:20 says, Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. We learned last week in Matthew chapter four that the devil left off tempting Jesus when the Lord responded, saying, to each temptation “It is written…” and then quoted the word of God. After that instance in verse 11 the Bible says, behold angels came and ministered unto him [Jesus]. Like the end of a round of boxing, the devil left, the bell rung, and our savior sat down victorious, with angels moving in purposefully to minister to him. The Lord Jesus did much more than a round of boxing that day, though by today’s standard’s it was only words that were used to defeat the devil, but the results had eternal consequences.
In the beginning, God only used words to create everything.
Angels listen for the voice of God’s word. Jesus spoke the voice of God’s word when he quoted the scriptures and he did it without doubt because he believed, valued, trusted, and loved the Father, knowing that the voice of God’s word spoken through his mouth had the same authority as when the Holy Spirit first inspired it to be written. Though Jesus is the son of God, he operated his ministry as a flesh and blood man and even called himself the son of man. The son of man spoke the voice of God’s word.
Many of us, myself included until I knew better, have not realized the importance of our words and have been lulled into believing that words have no significance. The Bible does not say that at all, but the devil would like you to believe it.
Because the angels hearken to the voice of God’s word, it is important for us to say what God says to benefit from their service, or if you are just learning the Bible, a good rule of thumb is to say, believing, “God is going to help me with that”, until you learn more of the promises of God.
This teaching is only the tip of the iceberg for the ministry of angels and how we receive their service as heirs of salvation and will continue next time. Until then, God bless you and your loved ones.