Not many are aware of the significance of angels. I believe, as Christians, we should pause and consider angels to gain perspective. For example, angels demonstrate the greatness of God’s love for us in that, though many angels sinned, none were saved (2 Pet. 2:4).

Angels also remind us that the unseen world is real. Just as the Sadducees in Jesus’ day said that “there is no resurrection, neither angel nor spirit” (Acts 23:8), so many in our day denies the reality of anything they cannot see. But the biblical teaching on the existence of angels is a constant reminder to the faithful that there is an unseen world that is very real.

It was only when the Lord opened the eyes of Elisha’s servant to the reality of the invisible world that the servant saw that “the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha” (2 Ki 6:17. This is the great angelic army sent to Dothan to protect Elisha from the Syrians). The author of Hebrews also reminds us that when we worship we come into the heavenly Jerusalem to gather with an “innumerable company of angels” (He. 12:22)., whom we do not see but whose presence should fill us with both awe and joy. An unbelieving world may dismiss talk of angles as mere superstition, but Scripture offers it as insight into the state of affairs as they really are.

In both their obedience and their worship angels provide helpful examples for us to imitate. In heaven, God’s will is done by angels, immediately, joyfully and without question. Their delight is to be as God’s humble servants, each joyfully and faithfully performing their assigned duties, either great or small.


Angels glorify God for His great plan of salvation as they see it unfold. When Christ was born in Bethlehem, a multitude of angels praised God (Lk. 2:14, cp. Heb. 1:6). Jesus tells us that “there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth” (Lk. 15:10). WE HAVE AN AUDIENCE: angels rejoice every time someone turns from his or her sins and trusts in Jesus Christ as their Savior.

Angels witness the lives of believers and glorify God for our worship and obedience: “For this cause ought women to have power on her head because of the angels (1 For. 11:10). This phrase “because of the angels” likely refers to the fact that angels are concerned with proper order and conduct that is in tune with God (cp. 1 Cor. 4:9).

One final note–and this should give us pause…Paul reminds Timothy when he wants to emphasize the seriousness of the command, that our actions are carried out in the presence of angelic witnesses: “I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe all these things…( 1 Tim. 5:21, cp. 1 Cor. 4:9). If Timothy follows God’s instructions, angels will witness his obedience and glorify God. It follows that if he neglects to obey, angels will see and be grieved.

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