Just as in Jesus’s day, where the Pharisees and Sadducees couldn’t agree about the existence of angels, people still argue. Some cite their own experiences of miraculous interventions as proof that angels exist; while others argue that there are simple explanations, or chance, that can offer explanations for said “miracles.” Scripture is hardly silent about angels, though some suggest that since the Hebrew and Greek words translated “angel” literally mean “messenger,” these angels are merely human vessels speaking and acting on behalf of God.
I believe in angels. As I read scripture I find it difficult to arrive at any other conclusion. While I can’t point to any specific moment in my life where I have received “angelic” intervention, I am certain that I’ve been watched over. I know of people who have had dramatic intervention that is too specific to have been chance. The writer of Hebrews, speaking of angels, said “Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14 ESV)?
If we believe in God, who is Spirit, a resurrected and ascended Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, why do some find it so hard to believe that angels exist? Perhaps it’s because we are too proud to admit that something happened beyond our control.
I also believe that humans can act in an angelic capacity; I call them “deputy angels.” Hebrews 13:2 says, “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares” (ESV). I feel that this scripture refers to angelic spirits, but it could also be seen as referring to “deputy angels.”
I mentioned in an earlier post that my Dad is in hospital in Florida. He is still there a week later. I felt a bit helpless as I couldn’t be there for my parents. Then a relative drove out to see them, and is staying with my Mom in the hotel so that she doesn’t have to be alone. This act of kindness, interrupting her own schedule to provide comfort for my mom, rates as angelic to me.
Thank you, Mary Beth!