Angels part 5 – The Seraphim / Isaiah 6:2-7 (Sermon Audio and Notes)

Posted on September 21, 2013

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This is the fifth in a series of messages about angels. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of September 15, 2013. This message deals with the attributes and characteristics of the Seraphim, and also discusses other types of angels.  This post contains an audio recording of my sermon, plus the sermon notes. The sermon notes are not a full transcript of the sermon.

SERMON AUDIO:

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Angels 5

SERMON NOTES:

Isaiah 6:2-7

SERAPHIM:

The Seraphim are mentioned, by name, only in this portion of Isaiah. (V.6)

The seraphim title speaks of their ministry of worship, purification, and their humility.

The seraphim, like the cherubim, are associated with God’s holiness.

While the cherubim are associated with the altar, the seraphim are associated with the laver. That is, they are associated with cleansing and purification.

Isaiah 6:6-7

The covering of their face (Isa. 6:2) denotes their humility.

Isaiah 6:3 tells us that they have a ministry of worshiping God.

***This verse also leaves some room for interpretation, as to the exact identity of the “living creatures” in revelation.

Revelation 4:7-8

Notice how the description could apply to either the cherubim or the seraphim.

The faces are like the cherubim, but the 6 wings (instead of 4), are more like the seraphim.

Then we have the praise in Isa. 6:3, which is very similar to the praise given in Rev. 4:8.

***The exact identity of these living creatures may be uncertain, as was alluded to in the last message.

ELECT ANGELS:
1 Timothy 5:21

Elect angels bring an interesting question.

What is the extent to which election can be traced to angels.

Are the elect angels a class of angels, or is the title simply a reference to all of the non-fallen angels? I would think it is the latter.

PRINCIPALITIES AND POWERS:
Romans 8:38

Ephesians 6:12

Not “flesh and blood” makes it clear that these principalities and powers are angelic beings.

Since Scripture does not give us a complete definition of these angels, the best we can do is equate their positions to that of their earthly counterparts.

Using this reasoning, we would conclude that the principalities and powers denote angels who have some governmental authority.

Perhaps they are akin to the “prince’s” mentioned in Daniel 10:13

Such a title would address angels who have charge over nations, and would encompass both fallen and good angels.

MIGHTY ANGELS:
2 Thessalonians 1:7

Revelation 10:1

Revelation 18:21

We can only surmise that these are mighty warrior angels.

Some angels are simply known by the service they render.

Watcher:
Daniel 4:13

Daniel 4:23

The angel of the abyss: (demon)
Revelation 9:11

Angel over fire:
Revelation 14:18

Angel over the waters:
Revelation 16:5

Uncertainty, at best, must characterize our human understanding of angels.

However, we must remember that angels, however mighty and glorious they may be, are but servants to God.

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