19

FEB

GOD'S GRACIOUS VISITATIONS

God has His own ways and means of working out His plans on behalf of His believing children. We ought not to ask the Lord for a printed list of rules about His providences and guidance. As we trust in the Spirit, live in the Spirit and walk in the Spirit, we will realize that God is always on our side.

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18

FEB

EXECUTORS OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE

Some protest the discussion of angels, saying, "Let's be practical!" By which they mean, "Let's limit our considerations to three-dimensional, sense-perceived objects." There is a day coming when the answers to our questions will be plain. On that day we will discover that the ministries of the angelic beings are indeed practical and very real.

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17

FEB

UNNOTICED MINISTERS

Although most of us do not talk about it, Jesus said of the children, "Their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven" (Matthew 18:10).

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16

FEB

GOD'S SERVANTS TO GOD'S PEOPLE

We are probably most familiar with angels as a result of the Christmas story. They heralded Jesus' birth. "Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God" (Luke 2:13). Jesus Himself spoke of "legions" of angels. "Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?" (Matthew 26:53). The writer to the Hebrews refers to their number as "thousands upon thousands" (Hebrews 12:22). And David the psalmist refers to "the chariots of God" as numbering "tens of thousands and thousands of thousands" (Psalm 68:17). No one is able to answer conclusively why God made the heavenly host so numerous.

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15

FEB

HUMANKIND AND ANGELS

An architect leaves his stamp upon the great buildings he has designed. A notable artist leaves his mark and personality on his paintings. The same principle applies to the visible and invisible worlds. We call them two worlds, although probably they are but one. God's stamp as designer and creator is there, just as His own mark and personality can be found throughout the sacred Scriptures.

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14

FEB

ARCHANGELS

Paul mentioned the existence of archangels in the heavens when he wrote to the Thessalonians. "The Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel" (1 Thessalonians 4:16). No, we are not prepared to argue against the reality of either the visible or the invisible world. Because the religion of the Hebrews was divinely given, it reflected the two worlds accurately.

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13

FEB

THE REALITY OF ANGELS

This full-orbed vision of the glories and credentials of Jesus Christ was needed just then by the persecuted Hebrew Christians. And to us in this 20th century of the Christian church, the same revelation comes with God's authority and meaning. The word that assured the Hebrews reveals to us that the eternal Son was preeminent above Abraham, above Moses, above Aaron and the priests of the Old Testament era.

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12

FEB

SUPERIOR TO ANGELS

The writer of the letter to the Hebrews gives his readers a vivid, vital portrait of Jesus, the eternal Son. He knows their familiarity, through the Old Testament, with the concept and ministry of angels. He trades on that knowledge to point out the overwhelming superiority of the victorious Jesus as He ministers in the heavenly world above:

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11

FEB

MINISTERING SPIRITS

Our Protestant churches have never been very enthusiastic about the Bible references to the many kinds of angels and angelic beings which make up the Lord's heavenly host. Because we do not see them, we generally do not discuss them. There seem to be many Christians who are not sure what they should believe about God's heavenly messengers.

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