Friday, April 29, 2016

Angelic Topics Of Conversation

"See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven." - Matthew 18:10 ESV

"And to which of the angels has he ever said, 'Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet'? Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?" - Hebrews 1:13-14 ESV

"Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." - Hebrews 13:1-2 ESV

Sometimes I think with humor about these angels that are not visible to us interacting with each other as spectators of our little human dramas and day to day routines. How can we know what they say to each other of if they even look at one another?

We do know this...

"But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, ' The Lord rebuke you.' " - Jude 1:9 ESV

But this is not angel to angel interaction. This is an angel to fallen angel exchange. These groups are at odds in their purposes. We read about a future battle here.

"Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven." - Revelation 12:7-8 ESV

Satan will be knocked out of the sky and thrown to the ground. That is another topic to explore but I'm glad that God's angels refuse to pass a blasphemous judgment because if that was their tendency then what would they be saying about us as they follow us as witnesses that protect and serve in invisible ways?

God has never said to an angel, 'Sit at my right hand.' He has only said that to His Son.

"...and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places," - Ephesians 1:19-20 ESV

"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved - and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus," - Ephesians 2:4-6 ESV

Whatever they might say to each other I'm sure it is always in this context. 'These are people who are seated in Heavenly places with Christ.'

As we brush our teeth. As we drive to work. As we think about what we can say to minister Christ to people during the day. As we sit in front of the television or open our Bible. I wonder what they see and hear. Does our Bible glow with life to them? Is the television a blank dead box with no picture and garbled sounds? Do they hear when we say empty sentences and tune in only when the Spirit turns up the volume as we speak redemptively? When are they assigned to us and do they move to another person when we go home to be with Christ? How many of them are there... how many of them can fit on the head of a needle?

We only know what the scripture tells us. No more and no less.

I want to live in the nobility that has been given to me. God forbid that I should have a blasphemous judgment on my lips as a person seated in a privileged position. I want to have grace words and live with reverence and dignity knowing there is a cloud of human and angelic witnesses that surround the stage of time and space.

I want to see Jesus as He Is and live with my face towards the Father. We have this great privileged to go boldly to the throne of grace in our thinking. Angels see the face of the Father even as they guard a child. What about us? What about the men and women who have salvation in Christ? We can live our lives facing that throne also. We do it by faith and how marvelous is that!


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