What is an Angel?

Angels are distinct creations from humans. They do not have a body of flesh and bones. They are “ministering spirits” (Hebrews 1:14) sent to serve believers. Angels appeared at key moments in salvation history to ensure humanity didn’t miss the fulfillment of God’s promises (Luke 2:13–14; Matthew 28:1–8). The Psalms describe them as “mighty ones” (Psalm 103:20) who “guard” (Psalm 91:11) us. There are different types and ranks of angels. (The Bible does not support the popular notion that people become angels. This belief actually relegates believers to a lower role).

Lucifer, who was originally created good as an angel of light, rebelled against God in heaven and took with him other—now fallen—angels (Revelation 12:3–4, Jude 6), also known as demons. Though judged (2 Peter 2:4), they continue to tempt believers to doubt God’s complete salvation in Jesus so more will suffer with them in hell (Matthew 25:41).

Some have claimed to see an angel. Since we are warned that Satan “is transformed into an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14), we are taught to “[test] the spirits whether they are of God” (1 John 4:1). If their message does not completely agree with the truth we already have in the Bible, they are not to be trusted (Galatians 1:8).

Study Angels in the Scriptures

Hebrews 1:14

Luke 2:13–14

Matthew 28:1–8

Psalm 103:20

Psalm 91:11

Revelation 12:3–4

Jude 6

2 Peter 2:4

Matthew 25:41

2 Corinthians 11:14

1 John 4:1

Galatians 1:8

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