The Angels

All that we have considered so far in this Study is brought together by a consideration of the Angels:

- physical, personal beings

- carrying God's Name

- channels through which God's Spirit works to execute His will

- in accordance with His character and purpose

- and thereby manifesting Him.

We mentioned in Study 1.3 that one of the most common Hebrew words translated 'God' is 'Elohim', which really means 'mighty ones'; these 'mighty ones' who carry God's Name can effectively be called 'God' because of their close association with Him. These beings are the Angels.

The record of the creation of the world in Genesis 1 tells us that God spoke certain commands concerning creation, "and it was done". It was the Angels who carried out these commands:

"Angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word" (Ps.103:20).

It is therefore reasonable to assume that when we read of 'God' creating the world, this work was actually performed by the Angels. Job 38:4-7 hints this way too. Now is a good time to summarize the events of the creation as recorded in Gen.1:

Day 1 "God said, Let there be light: and there was light" (v.3)

Day 2 "God said, Let there be a firmament (sky, expanse) in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters (on the earth) from the waters (in the clouds)...and it was so" (v.6,7)

Day 3 "God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together (forming seas and oceans)...and let the dry land appear; and it was so" (v.9)

Day 4 "God said, Let there be heaven...and it was so" (v.14,15)

Day 5 "God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature...and fowl that may fly...and God created every living creature" (v.20,21) - i.e. "it was so"

Day 6 "God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature...cattle, and creeping thing...and it was so" (v.24).

Man was created on that same sixth day. "God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness" (Gen.1:26). We commented on this verse in Study 1.2. For the present, we want to note that "God" here is not just referring to God Himself in person - "Let us make man" shows that 'God' is referring to more than one person. The Hebrew word translated 'God' here is 'Elohim', meaning 'Mighty Ones', with reference to the Angels. The fact that the Angels created us in their image means that they have the same bodily appearance as we have. They are therefore very real, tangible, corporeal beings, sharing the same nature as God.

'Nature' in this sense refers to what someone is fundamentally like by reason of their physical structure. In the Bible there are two 'natures'; by the very meaning of the word it is not possible to have both these natures simultaneously.

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