We can have confidence, even in the face of death.
Our spirit, the only thing of value we have, is currently living in a temporary container called a “human body.” This body ages, breaks, and eventually turns to dust. Fortunately, believers have the promise of a new life in eternity where our eternal spirit will get an upgraded container. This new container will be similar to Jesus’ resurrected body:
[Jesus] who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory . . . —Philippians 3:21
The best thing about this “new” body is that it doesn’t have the sin nature pulling us down.
There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him —Revelation 22:3
And God promises we’ll have this new condition “forever!”
. . . to all generations forever and ever. —Ephesians 3:21
Is there any Biblical information on the existence of “Guardian Angels?” Do they exist, are they assigned to us for life, etc.?
The Bible says angels:
- Are created beings.
Let them praise the name of the LORD,
For He commanded and they were created. —Psalm 148:5
- Do not procreate.
For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. —Matthew 22:30
- Have intelligence.
And they cried out, saying, “What business do we have with each other, Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?” —Matthew 8:29
See also 2 Corinthians 11:3 and 1 Peter 1:12.
- Have emotions.
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying —Luke 2:13
In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. —Luke 15:10
See also James 2:19 and Revelation 12:17.
- Have will.
Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me.” For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert. And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” And he said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss. —Luke 8:28-31
See also 2 Timothy 2:26 and Revelation 12:17.
- Have assignments.
But the prince [angel] of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. —Daniel 10:13
Then he said, “Do you understand why I came to you? But I shall now return to fight against the prince [angel] of Persia; so I am going forth, and behold, the prince [angel] of Greece is about to come. —Daniel 10:20
- Have rank and order.
And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and I was sent to speak unto thee, and to bring thee these good tidings. —Luke 1:19
And I saw the seven angels that stand before God; and there were given unto them seven trumpets. —Revelation 8:2
Although both the Hebrew and Greek words translate “messenger,” angels are frequently used in the capacity of “guardian.” Angels know more about God than humans do.
You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. —James 2:19
See also Revelation 12:12.
God uses them to help believers.
Are [angels] not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? —Hebrews 1:14
. . . [The Lord] will send His angel before you . . . —Genesis 24:7
And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she confidently affirmed that it was even so. And they said, It is his angel. —Acts 12:15
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them. —Psalm 34:7
For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. —Psalm 91:9-16
God uses them to protect children.
See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven. —Matthew 18:10
There are no Scriptures that state a specific angel is assigned to watch over a believer his whole life. Yet, as a group, angels do:
- Bring answers to prayers.
So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God. On the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands. And the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and put on your sandals.” And he did so. And he said to him, “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me.” And he went out and continued to follow, and he did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they had passed the first and second guard, they came to the iron gate that leads into the city, which opened for them by itself; and they went out and went along one street, and immediately the angel departed from him. —Acts 12:5-10
- Aid in witnessing.
But an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip saying, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza.” (This is a desert road.) —Acts 8:26
About the ninth hour of the day he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God who had just come in and said to him, “Cornelius!” —Acts 10:3
- Observe Christians in their work and sufferings.
For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men. —1 Corinthians 4:9
See also 1 Corinthians 11:10, Ephesians 3:10, and 1 Peter 1:12.
- Encourage us in times of danger and usher us to the next life/heaven.
Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. —Luke 16:22
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