Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Baby, I Aint No Angel

While I realize “aint” isn’t a word, I tend to hear people use it every so often.  I suppose that it’s more of a representation of an attitude then the assumed meaning of “am not” and that’s why I’m using it in my blog title.

Most people consider the term “Angel” as a compliment, for example, “Doesn’t she look just like a little angel?” or how about “You’re such an angel” or even being termed “Angel” as a pet name by a husband or a boyfriend.  When in fact, to be considered or called an angel is quite an insult!

Angels play out many roles in the Bible, such as messengers of good news, destruction, comfort, and prophecy.  But did you know that in 1 Corinthians 6:3, the bible says that “Do you not know that we will judge angels?...” (NIV)  Wow!  We will judge the angels at the end of time.  God has placed us as believers in a place of authority over angels.

Not only that, they are sent by God to serve us.  This is found in Hebrews 1:14 “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (NIV) 

Finally in Hebrews 2:5-9, it seems like the author is placing angels at a higher level of importance than we are as people, but as you will read, that’s not the truth.

 “It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. But there is a place where someone has testified:
   “What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
   a son of man that you care for him?
You made them a little lower than the angels;
   you crowned them with glory and honor
 and put everything under their feet.”

   In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” (NIV)

So in this last verse we see that angels are subject to us as believers in Christ and not only that, but Jesus died for us, not for the salvation of angels.

God holds us in a higher regard than angels, and we need to think of ourselves that way too.  God made the angels to serve him and his people, God made us for relationship with Him.  We are loved, we are unique, and we are God’s special creation.

So the next time someone calls you an Angel, let them know, you’re better than that.  Let them know the love of God for his unique creation, YOU!

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