Angels part 6 – The Ministry of Angels / Hebrews 1:14 (Sermon Audio and Notes)

Posted on October 12, 2013

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This is the sixth in a series of messages about angels. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of September 22, 2013. This message deals with the various ministries of angels, and how they relate to humanity.  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 6

SERMON NOTES:

Hebrews 1:14

Angels are God’s ministers, and they minister on behalf of one who has inherited a greater name.

Hebrews 1:7

They minister not only behalf of one who has inherited a greater name, but also those who inherit salvation.

Hebrews 1:4

Hebrews 1:14

From the beginning, God has used angels as His emissaries in conveying love and concern for His children.

Sometimes their assignments are very grand and have significance for the whole world.

Sometimes the messages are more private.

Occasionally the angelic purpose is to warn.

But often it is to comfort, to provide some form of merciful attention, guidance in difficult times.

They were sent to bring food and drink to Elijah, as he lay dying in the wilderness.

1 Kings 19:1-8

They ministered to Daniel in his great need.

Daniel 6:20-22

They ministered to Jesus in a time of great need.

Matthew 4:11

They ministered to Peter, in prison.

Acts 12:5-11

Guardians and guides:

Nowhere does Scripture use the phrase “guardian angels”, but we can see from Scripture that guarding and guiding man is part of their ministry.

2 Kings 6:16-17

Psalm 91:10-12

This is the verse that was used by satan as he tried to tempt Jesus.

Satan uses the verse out of context, as a temptation to put God to a test.

This verse teaches that angels sometimes act as protectors, but we should never use that knowledge to try to test our Lord.

Matthew 18:10

do not despise. I. e., spurn or belittle another believer by treating him or her unkindly or indifferently.

“Their angels.” This does not suggest that each believer has a personal guardian angel. Rather, the pronoun is collective and refers to the fact that believers are served by angels in general.

These angels are pictured “continually” watching the face of God so as to hear his command to them to help a believer when needed.

It is extremely serious to treat any fellow believer with contempt since God and the holy angels are so concerned for their well-being.

Exodus 32:34

Exodus 33:3

An angel leading the way, would certainly provide unseen protection.

ANGELS ARE OBSERVERS:

They observe, because in some amazing way, God uses us to teach the angels.

Ephesians 3:8-13

1 Timothy 3:16

1 Corinthians 4:9

1 Corinthians 11:10

Luke 15:10

Not only do angels rejoice when a sinner repents, they are the believer’s companion for their journey home.

Luke 16:22

In our greatest times of need, God uses angels to minister to us. Whether seen or unseen, angels are always near. This should be a comforting thought for the believer, but even more comforting, is the knowledge that our greatest comfort and protection comes from God Himself.

Jesus gives us peace that passes all understanding.

Philippians 4:7

God comforts.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

God provides the ultimate protection.

Ephesians 6:13-17

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