7766 - Ministering Spirits
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As we come to the end of Hebrews, chapter 1, we receive some revealing information pertaining to the relationship of angels and those who are chosen to be God’s children.
Let me read Hebrews 1: verses 13-14:
To which of the angels did God ever say, "Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet" ? Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
These verses are additions to the Lord’s revelation that Jesus Christ is superior to angels in His authority over the affairs of mankind.
Can’t you just hear Father God saying to those who will read this book, “Did God ever say to any angel, here, sit down beside me, and let me make your enemies a footstool for your feet?” Of course, the answer is “No way.” In fact, where do you find that any angel sat down in God’s presence? I haven’t found a single such incident. Angels are ministering spirits, so they are busy in their task of service.
These words from Father God are an affirmation of His Son Jesus. He is the only One in eternity who has been invited to share the holy, eternal throne of God.
Furthermore, Son-Jesus held this position in the ageless past and never was criticism uttered about His performance. Father God has complete trust and reliance that the Son of God is adequate to perform every task assigned to His attention.
At a point in eternal time, after Son-Jesus served as a human person, restricted within a human body, to live and die as the only worthy offering of sacrifice to pay for sin; then He was resurrected from the grave as a declaration that He was the Son of God.
Once again He assumed His position of authority beside Father God, but now he is distinguished as the Lamb, which was slain for sin, according to the plan of God. Once again the Son of God is serving with Sovereign authority in the Heavenly Kingdom, and He will continue through eternity.
This is the One whom Father God has seated at His right hand, and whose enemies are being shaped as His footstool.
Verse 14 gives us a comparison of the position Jesus occupies, with the lesser position of angels. The word all is used as it declares, “...all angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation. None are chosen to sit with God. All of them are fulfilling the position for which they were created.
Notice, they are designated as the supernatural spirits who minister to those who will inherit salvation.
The major emphasis in this sentence in the Greek is the word serve. Angels render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation. This word refers to the acts of waiting on others and giving care for their needs. This also includes the aspect of placing the needs and comforts of the saints above their own comfort in their active work and service. Could it be that they often protect the saints from certain dangers and temptations in life?
What a tremendous provision from God for the welfare of the saints.
Notice, this sentence states that these individuals will inherit eternal salvation.
That frame of words calls attention that there is much more to come in the future in the life of those who place their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is true that many blessings accrue to believers while living out the balance of their earthly life. For example: our sins are forgiven; we have been rescued from the dominion of darkness; the Lord protects us from the evil one; and we have been adopted so that we are called children of God. There’s so many other present benefits too.
But the greatest benefit is that precious inheritance which can never perish, spoil or fade which is kept in heaven for us. This is a benefit yet in the future which is an assured reality to come.
Let us thank God for these ministering spirits.