Are Guardian Angels Biblical?

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Are guardian angels biblical?  What is an angel’s chief duty for the believer?  Do unbelievers have guardian Angels?  Does each believer have their own angel or more than one?  Are angels dispensed only in emergencies or are they ever present with Christians?  What does the Bible say about angels?

Who Has a Guardian Angel?

Does each and every believer in Christ Jesus have their own angel?   We know that Jesus had a multitude of angels and could command angels at His command (Luke 22:43).   It is possible that many of us have even encountered angels and not even known about it and so the writer of Hebrews tells us to, “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.  Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it“(13:1-2).

Not only do believers have angels protecting them, the Body of Christ in general (the church) has multiple thousands of angels watching over it (Heb 12:22-23).  Angels are our protectors when God sovereignly commands them and are under God’s sovereign hand and so we might conclude that Christians have guardian angels but let’s read on before making this determination. The fact is that angels are commanded by God to “encamp all around us” and keep us from falling or getting hurt and they have been with us and will be with us “…from this time forth and forever [will] be with us”… and even strengthen us, and “minister to us” (Heb 1:7,14, Psalm 34:7, 91:10-13, 103:21).

There is scriptural evidence that children, before and after they become believers, also have angels watching over them and these same angels communicate to the Father on their behalf  but do they have specific angels assigned to them and also to adult believers (Matthew 18:10)?

What Do Guardian Angels Look Like?

The little chubby angels that look like infants with angel wings are not biblical.  For example, not all angels have wings.  Most do not.  And if we could actually see an angel, we would probably pass out from fear.  But they are most certainly nothing to fear for believers for they are messengers of God and they are protectors of those who are Christ’s (Luke 1:19-26).

What Types of Angels Are in the Bible?

Angels are extremely powerful.  The prophet Isaiah had the great privilege of seeing them and wrote, “The Lord sitting on the high extolled throne, the hems of His vestments filling the whole temple. Surrounding Him were the Seraphim, each having six wings; with two they covered His face, with two they covered His feet, and they flew with the other two. And they called to each other and said: Holy, Holy, Holy, the Lord Sabaoth! The whole world is filled with His Glory“(Isaiah 6:1-4).   Ezekiel chapter 10:9-20 gives a vivid description of them that is hard to imagine.  Certain angels were solely created for the purpose of giving continuous praise and worship to God Almighty as found in Isaiah chapter 6.

There are also fallen angels (Luke 8:31).  These are angels that have rebelled against God Almighty and have followed Satan, the most powerful created being that God has ever created.  These angels are wicked spirits and seek to harass and cause the destruction and fall of believers (Ephesians 6:11-12, 1 Peter 5:8).

Interesting Bible Facts About Angels

Luke 16:22 indicates that when the believer dies, angels could bring their spirit to heaven in the presence of God.  The word angels in Luke 16:22 is plural so this gives some indication that more than one angel is involved just as children have more than one angel (also plural) watching over them (Matt. 18:10).   Angels are actually commanded by God to “encamp all around us” and keep us from falling, getting hurt, who have been with us and will be with us “…from this time forth and forever to be with us”… and even strengthen us, and minister to us ( Psalm 34:7, 91:10-13, 103:21).   The angels are also messengers of ours to God and sometimes from God to us (Dan 10, Matt 18:10).  And it appears that there are particular angels for particular churches or church ages too (Rev. 1:20).

Angels are no weaklings either (Rev 18:21).  In fact, angels have been known to carry out a death penalty for God on a king (Acts 12:20-25).  Does Acts 12:15 really mean that Peter’s own angel freed him from prison (Acts 12)?  That is what those who were in John Mark’s mother’s house said (Acts 12:15) when Peter came to their door and they said “You are mad. But she constantly affirmed that was so. Then they said, It is his angel,” however this is no conclusive proof that it was actually Peter’s angel that was assigned specifically to him.  At least we can take comfort in the fact that angels do exist. They serve both God and us  but ultimately, our protection is from God and not from angels.  They are real, no doubt, and it is no stretch of the imagination to say that each and every believer and each child before they reach the age of accountability could be or has been protected by them before, but we cannot dogmatically say that each believer has at least one angel assigned to them.  It appears that there may be even more than one at times but that doesn’t mean that they are their personal angel that God assigned to them.  We do know that they are watching over God’s children (Matt 4:6. Psalm 91:11, 12) but God is the One, true Protector of His own.  If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus then you have no angels watching over you, and worse, God will not answer your prayers.  Why not come to faith in Christ today and come under His divine protection and have Him grant you eternal life by repenting and trusting in Christ?

Resources,

The Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV)

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evey adams February 4, 2016 at 5:58 am

Someone asked this recently, ‘If Guardian Angels are real and are assigned to babies, I would really need to understand why some are selected for help and not others. If my question can be answered I will listen.’ I don’t know how to answer this person?

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