3 Bible Tips: Angels, Messengers of God
There are four main words used to describe angels in the Bible. The New Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible shows the words cherubim (Strong's Hebrew [H] number 3742) and seraphim (H8314) refer to powerful winged creatures that serve God. Also, the Hebrew word malak (H4397) appears about 195 times in the Old Testament and is most often translated as angel or messenger. In the New Testament the word angelos (Greek 32) is primarily translated as angel.
1. God created the angels to worship Him and Jesus Christ and to serve the humans He would create.
"But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: 'Let all the angels of God worship Him.' And of the angels He says: 'Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire'... Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?" (Hebrews 1:6-7, 14).
2. Angels are spirit and do not marry or die.
"Jesus replied, 'The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God's children, since they are children of the resurrection'" (Luke 20:34-36, New International Version).
3. God does not want us to worship angels.
"Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind" (Colossians 2:18).
For more about angels, see "Angel Worship and the First Commandment."
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