Christ Superior to Angels

Hebrews 1:7, page 1869
“And of the angels He says, ‘WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS, AND HIS MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.'”

Angels Are Ministers of God, Flames of Fire. In Hebrews 1:7, page 1869, we see that God makes angels His winds.  The angels also serve as God’s ministers, like a flame of fire. 1We know that the Holy Spirit is God, and not an angel, but the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples at Pentecost as a violent rushing wind (“φερομένης πνοῆς βιαίας”), and appeared as tongues distributing themselves as flaming tongues of fire (“διαμεριζόμεναι γλῶσσαι ὡσεὶ πυρός”) (Acts 2:1-4). Of course, angels do not always appear as flames of fire (Hebrews 13:1, page 1886, indicates that some entertained angels unaware;  Joshua 5:14, page 353, the angel serving God as captain of the host of the LORD appeared to Joshua to announce Joshua was standing on Holy Ground). God uses angels like wind and they also serve God as His ministers (“τοὺς λειτουργοὺς “). We see here that angels minister to the needs of people. Consider Matthew 4:11, page 1505, where the angels began to minister to Jesus after He completed His fast for forty days, followed by temptation from the Devil.  God uses angels to minister to our needs today, just as God did in the Bible. 

Angels Deliver People. God used angels to deliver people.  For example, an angel led the apostles out of prison and commanded them to speak in the temple the whole message of this life (Act 5:17-21, pages 1707-1708). God also sent an angel to lead Peter out of prison (Acts 12:7-11, page 1723).

Angels Guide and Comfort People. In Acts 27:21-26, page 1754, Paul faced shipwreck in a dangerous storm. During the storm, an angel appeared to Paul and encouraged him to be strong and courageous, even though the boat would be shipwrecked.  The angel announced to Paul that God would spare the people on the boat through the shipwreck.

Angels Guide and Rescue People. An angel also spoke to Philip to go south to the Gaza road in the desert, just to meet the Ethiopian eunuch, who received Christ as Savior through the preaching of Philip (Acts 8:26-40, pages 1715-1716).  An angel also played a role in bringing Paul and Cornelius together (Acts 10:3, page 1718). Angels rejoice when sinners repent (Luke 15:10, page 1631).

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1. We know that the Holy Spirit is God, and not an angel, but the Holy Spirit came down upon the disciples at Pentecost as a violent rushing wind (“φερομένης πνοῆς βιαίας”), and appeared as tongues distributing themselves as flaming tongues of fire (“διαμεριζόμεναι γλῶσσαι ὡσεὶ πυρός”) (Acts 2:1-4). Of course, angels do not always appear as flames of fire (Hebrews 13:1, page 1886, indicates that some entertained angels unaware;  Joshua 5:14, page 353, the angel serving God as captain of the host of the LORD appeared to Joshua to announce Joshua was standing on Holy Ground).
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