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Knowing and Serving God

August 20

GOOD ANGELS

...as the angels of God in heaven.
Matthew 22:30

We must see what we are told about good angels. We are told that they dwell in heaven. We are to be "as the angels of God in heaven," our Lord says. The statement in Matthew 18:10 reads, "...their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven." It is clear, therefore, that the dwelling-place, the place of existence, of these good angels is in heaven around the throne of God.

What is the business or purpose of these good angels? We are told that they spend their time adoring God and the Lamb. We read in Revelation 5 that they are singing His praise and worshiping Him and adoring Him. That is what they delight in. That is what, as it were, they live for.

There is something else that the angels are very busy doing. I have never read this next point without having a still more glorious understanding of my salvation. We are told that they spend a good deal of their time looking into this question of our salvation. Let me give you my authority. Peter, talking about our salvation, says, "which things the angels desire to look into" (1 Peter 1:12). It is something so marvelous and so wonderful that these created angelic spirits, always in the presence of God, are, as it were, looking on at this thing that is most astonishing to them and that surpasses everything else.

The angels not only behold the face of God, they are not only looking into salvation, but they are looking at us. In 1 Corinthians 11:10 Paul uses these words: "For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels." A woman should have her head covered to show that she is under the authority of the man; and in addition to that, Paul says, she should be covered because of the presence of the angels. In other words, when Christians gather together in prayer, the angels of God are present.

A Thought to Ponder
Good angels spend their time adoring God and the Lamb.

From God the Father, God the Son, pp. 109-110.



Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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