Are There Guardian Angels ? / Do Guardian Angels Really Exist ?
Take a look at the picture at the top of the page and please read what it says. Is that a true statement? Can we say with certainty that we all have a guardian angel? Does the bible make that statement? If the bible doesn’t make that specific statement, does the bible at least imply that we each have a guardian angel.
Would you like to know the answers to these questions? Well, we can find the answers to these questions within the word of God. If you want to know something about angels, who else would you ask, except the God who created them?
The Hosts of Heaven
Gen 2:1, says; “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and ALL their hosts.”
Psalm 33:6, says; “By the word of the Lord, the heavens were made; And by the breath of His mouth, all their host.”
And Psalm 103:21; “Bless the Lord, all you His hosts; You who serve him, doing His will.”
1 Kings 22:19, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord. I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven, standing by him on His right and on His left..”
Psalm 148:2, “Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts !” Angels, are spoken of as “the host” of heaven. Most commonly, that word “host” means.. “an army”. So then you could rightfully say that the angels, are the army of God, in heaven. And I might add, that we Christians, are the army of God on earth.
But sometimes the word “host” simply refers to the creation of God. For example Genesis 2, verse 1 says; “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.” The heavens, and the earth, and all that goes along with them. “All the host of the heavens and the earth. ” But the main point is, that angels are a part of God’s creation.
Let’s take note of four things from these verses I just read..
First; The Lord God created the heavens, and the earth, and ALL their HOSTS. Gen 2:1, Ps 33:6
Second; All His hosts, serve Him and do His will. Ps 103:21
Third; There are hosts presently, in heaven with God. 1 Kings 22:19
Fourth; His angels, are called His hosts. Ps 148:2 They are not only God’s creation, but they are also His “army”.
Angels have been created by God. Their dwelling place is in heaven. Their purpose is to serve God and do His will, just as an army serves it’s leader.
Now here’s a verse that shows the supremacy of Jesus Christ, over the angels. It’s Hebrews 1, verse 13, and it says; “But to which of the angels has He ever said; Sit at My right hand, Until I make thine enemies, a footstool for thy feet?” Angels don’t receive that kind of glory and honor, like Jesus Christ received. I suppose that angels are certainly due some kind of respect, for the position that God has given them. They do dwell right there in heaven, along with God. And their very purpose is to serve him and do His will.
Hebrews 1, verse 14 says this about the angels; “Are they not all, ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?” So angels have been created to serve God, they are His “army” and evidently their serving, is specifically directed towards those who will inherit salvation.
And now listen to the next several verses.. Hebrews 2, verses 1 thru 5; “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast.. (you see, that used to be one of the ways that angels ministered, by speaking the word of God to man) For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; Which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him?”
“God also testifying with them, both by signs and wonders and by various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will. For it is not to angels, that He has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking.” Another way of saying that, would be.. God did not subject the inhabited earth to the angels. Angels neither have power over the world, nor are the people of the world subject, to the angels. That’s simply not the relationship that we have with angels. But rather, the relationship that we have with the angels, is what we just read from Hebrews 1, verse 14; Namely, that angels are all.. “..ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?” That’s the relationship that we Christians, have with angels. They are here, to render service to us, according to the will of God.
But the question really is.. What kind of service, do the angels render to us? What do they do for us? In the past, angels have served man in several different ways. One example is in Genesis 18, where the Lord Himself, along with two angels, appeared to Abraham. Verses 1 & 2 tell us; “Then the LORD appeared to Abraham, by the Oaks of Mamre, in the heat of the day, while he was sitting at the entrance of his tent. And Abraham looked up, and saw three men standing nearby. When he saw them, he ran from the entrance of his tent to meet them and bowed low to the ground.”
Now one reason for this visit, was to inform Abraham that in one year, Abraham’s wife Sarah would have a child, and that Abraham should raise up his offspring to serve the Lord. That was in verses 10 thru 19. And then another reason for the visit, was to inform Abraham of the pending destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. And that was revealed in verse 20.
And then in Chapter 19, we see those same two angels that had appeared with the Lord to Abraham, going down to Sodom, and appearing to Lot, and actually rescuing Lot and his family, from the destruction of the cities around them. So we can see how the angels were rendering service to both Abraham and Lot. And so those angels were actually revealing God’s will to Abraham and Lot. But we don’t have any indication of angels doing that kind of thing today.
God’s will has been fully revealed to us today, through the written word. Jude verse 3 says; “.. I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly, for the faith which was once for all, delivered to the saints.” The phrase “Once, for all”, doesn’t mean that the faith was once delivered for all the saints. It means that the faith, was delivered once, for all time! There is no more deliveries of God’s word, to be made!
And of course we’re old in 2 Peter 1, verse 3; “Accordingly, His divine power has given us all things, which pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of the One having called us, by His own glory and excellence.” God “has given us” past tense, “all things, pertaining to life and godliness..” It’s all been given, we lack nothing. Nothing remains for angels to reveal.
Here’s a new testament example of angels rendering service. In Mathew chapter 4, after Jesus had been tempted in the wilderness, verse 4 says; “Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.” We’re not told exactly what these angels did for Jesus. Maybe they provided Him with food and drink, to strengthen Him, after those 40 days. Or maybe they were able to strengthen Him miraculously. Whatever they did, those “ministering spirits” ministered to the needs of Jesus.
Could it be that angels sometimes strengthen us, when we’re weak, and need help? The bible doesn’t specifically say that they do. But the bible doesn’t specifically say that they don’t either. It’s just like the question.. How does the Holy Spirit work within us? Well, we know that the Spirit works through His word, but we really don’t know exactly, how that all really all comes about. And it’s the same with the angels. We know that they minster to us, but we aren’t told exactly how. It’s one of those things that we simply have to accept by faith. God says the angels minister to us, and we believe they they do.
How does God “..cause all things to work together for good, for those who love God, who are the called according to His purpose” ? (Romans 8:28) How does God cause that to happen? We don’t know exactly do we? But we sure do believe that He does! I would imagine that God’s Holy Spirit has a lot to do with that. But then I would imagine that angels may very well have a hand in it as well.
2 Corinthians 5, verse 7 says; “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” We don’t have to SEE the Holy Spirit doing His work, and we don’t have to SEE the angels doing their work, to know that they’re doing it! By faith we know that the angels are serving us. And by faith we know that God’s Spirit is accomplishing the will of God.
Faith is a great thing to have!!
Now let’s go to Mathew 18, verse 10, where Jesus said; “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, that their angels in heaven, continually behold the face of My Father, who is in heaven.” The angels of these little ones, are in heaven, beholding the face of God. If you believe that there are “guardian angels”, I think that is the verse that you would have to rely on to support that belief.
But of course the scriptures never use the word “guardian”, in reference to angels. Even in that last verse there’s no mention of these angels being “guardians”, of anyone. As we’ve seen from Hebrews 1, verse 14, ALL angels are “ministering spirits”. And as I’ve already suggested, an angel can “minister” in various ways. But the I suppose the question is.. Is “guarding us” or being “a guardian”, one of the ways in which these angels minister to us?
If that is one of the ways that angels minister to us, then what exactly would they “guard” us from? We know that we’re not ALWAYS guarded from physical harm, because we’ve all experienced physical harm in our lifetime. But just for the sake of thought, is it possible, that God could use angels to sometimes guard us, and protect us from physical harm? I don’t see how anyone could say that that’s impossible.
Foe example; Have you ever experienced anything, that potentially could have been deadly, but it didn’t turn out to be deadly? I have, more than once. I can think of several things that I’ve done, or things that have happened to me, and I’ve looked back and thought.. Wow, I could have bene killed! Has that never happened to you?
Well, if it has happened to you, how do you know WHY it didn’t turn out to be deadly? Is it not possible, that an angel guarded you from death? Think about it! What are you willing to claim is absolutely impossible, and what are you willing to admit, well, yeah, I suppose that’s possible.
So then let me ask you the question again; Do angels sometimes acts as “guardians” over us? And, is it possible, that that is one of the ways in which God causes all things to work together for good, to those who love God, who are the called according to His purpose?
The fact is, that the bible doesn’t tell us one way or the other, whether or not angels sometimes serve as “guardians” to us. What we do know for a fact, is that angels “minister” to Christians, and to those who will inherit salvation. Exactly HOW they minister, God does not tell us.
Do you remember this verse.. 1 Peter 4:11 ? It says, “If any man speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God”.
Let me read to you a couple of verses concerning when Jesus was about to be arrested in the garden of Gethsemane. The bible says in Mathew 26:48 thru 53; “Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast. Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him. And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword.”
Now listen to verse 53; “Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” If Jesus HAD prayed to His Father, and if His Father HAD provided more than twelve legions of angels.. (by the way, a “legion” is thought of as being 6,000. But I’ve heard estimates of between 4 and 6 thousand) But if the Father had sent twelve legions of angels, what would have those angels had done? How would they have “ministered” to Jesus? Would they have “guarded Him” from His enemies? would they have “protected” Him from them? Or would they have simply comforted Jesus, and told Him.. It’ll all wok out for good.
That gives you something to think about doesn’t it? But don’t spend too much time speculating about things like this. Let’s spend most of our time learning the facts about how to be saved. And how to stay saved!
How we must hear the word of God, and how we must believe that Jesus is the Christ. And how we must confess that faith in Christ , and repent of our sins, and be baptized for the forgiveness of those sins. And how we must remain faithful, even unto death.