Angels

We believe and teach the existence of angels who were apparently the first issue of God’s creation (cf. Job 38:4-7 with Ge 1:1; Ex 20:11; Ne 9:6; Col 1:16). In relation to men, these created spirit beings currently have greater powers (2 Pe 2:11), and yet, elect angels minister on behalf of elect people (Heb 1:14). Furthermore, one day redeemed people will judge angels (1 Co 6:3).

Morally, angels may be classified under two headings: holy or elect angels (Mk 8:38; 1 Ti 5:21) and fallen angels (Mt 25:41; Rev 12:9). There also seems to be various hierarchies of angels; for example, archangels (cf. Michael, Jude 9), special attendants (Ge 3:24; Is 6:1-6), and designations in series (Col 1:16; 2:15; Eph 3:10; 6:12; 1 Pe 3:22).

At the head of all fallen angels stands Satan (Job 1:6-9,12; Mt 4:10). Subsequent to his creation, he fell morally (Eze 28:12-19; Is 14:12-21), and along with him there followed a host of fallen angels some of whom today are bound (1 Pe 3:19-20; 2 Pe 2:4; Jude 6; Rev 9:1-11) while others are still active in the world (Mt 4:24; 8:16,28-32; 9:32-34; 12:22-24; Mk 5:1-17; Lk 8:26-31; 11:14; Acts 16:16-18; 19:11-12). He then became the subtle instigator of mankind’s fall (Ge 3; 2 Co 11:3). Currently he roams the earth, but his ultimate end is guaranteed by the finished work of Christ (Rom. 16:20; Heb 2:14; 1 Pe 5:8; 1 Jn 3:8; Rev 20:10).

Although believers are in union with Christ, we are not to be presumptuous so as to seek to engage the Archenemy and his host. Our call is to be aware of his methods (2 Co 2:11), stand defensively in the provision of God (Eph 6:10-18), and resist, not charge, him (Jas 4:7).