O EVERLASTING God, who hast ordained and constituted the services of Angels and men in a wonderful order; Mercifully grant, that as thy holy Angels alway do thee service in heaven, so by thy appointment they may succour and defend us on earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
- Moral agents
- Not ordinarily visible but have, variously, appeared to humans (Gen. 18.2-19.22; Jn. 20.36,36)
- Move from one finite, specific place to another finite, specific place
- Probation, like humans. Some angels were “elect and holy” and other fell; they were confirmed in their status\
- Heaven is their dwelling (Mt. 18.10; 22.30; Rev. 5.11)
- Offer constant worship (Ps. 103. 20, 21; 148.2)
- Go out at God’s command to serve God’s people (Heb.1. 14)
- Again, there is “election” of “holy” angels (Mt. 25.31; Mk. 8.38; Lk. 9.26; Acts 10.22; 1 Tim. 5.21; Rev. 14.10)
- Protect believers (Ps. 34.7; 91.11)
- Protect, especially, little believers and children (Mt. 18.10)
- Constantly watch the church (1 Cor. 11.10)
- Special ministry indicated with the death of saints (Lk. 16.22)
- Despite what is given in the Scripture, we never worship them and we never invoke or pray to them; rather, we pray ONLY to and in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.
- The Angel of the LORD is often identified as God and yet, like Jn. 1.1ff, distinguished from God. (Gen. 16.7-13; 18.1-33; 22.11-18; 24. 7, 40; 31.11-13; 32.24-30; 48. 15-16; Ex. 3.2-6; 14.19; 23.30-23; 32.34-33.5; Num. 22.22-35; Josh. 5.13-15; Judg. 2.1-5; 6.11-23; 9.13-23
- The Angel of the LORD is God’s special Messenger. He is often viewed as the “Pre-incarnate appearance of God the Son.” That is this scribe’s view amongst many Churchmen in the catholic (=Reformed) faith.
- Angels appear at all major turning points in redemptive history: Creation, Patriarchs, Exodus, Sinai, Exile, Restoration from Exile, and the Birth, Resurrection and Ascension of God the Son. Angels will appear in glory at the Second Coming.