entrusted with influence over national affairs to counteract the evil and help the good?

(e) by watching over the interests of particular churches;

<461110> 1 Corinthians 11:10 ? ?for this cause ought the women to have a sign of authority [ i.e., a veil] on her head, because of the angels? ? who watch over the church and have care for its order. Matheson, Spiritual Development of St. Paul, 242 ? ?Man?s covering is woman?s power. Ministration is her power and it allies her with a greater than man ? the angel. Christianity is a feminine strength. Judaism had made woman only a means to an end ? the multiplication of the race. So it had degraded her. Paul will restore woman to her original and equal dignity.?

<510218> Colossians 2:18 ? ?Let no man rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and worshiping of the angels? ? a false worship which would be very natural if angels were present to guard the meetings of the saints.

<540521> 1 Timothy 5:21 ? ?I charge thee in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, that thou observe these things? ? the public duties of the Christian minister.

Alford regards ?the angels of the seven churches? (Revelations 1:20) as superhuman beings appointed to represent and guard the churches and that upon the grounds that the word is used elsewhere in the book of Revelation only in this sense. Nothing in the book is addressed to a teacher individually but all to someone who reflects the complexion and fortunes of the church as no human person could. We prefer, however, to regard ?the angels of the seven churches? as meaning simply the pastors of the seven churches. The word ?angel? means simply ?messenger,? and may be used of human as well as of superhuman beings ? see Hag. 1:13 ? ?Haggai, Jehovah?s messenger? ? literally, ?the angel of Jehovah.? The use of the word in this figurative sense would not be incongruous with the mystical character of the book of Revelation (see Bibliotheca Sacra 12:3539). John Lightfoot, Hebrews and Talmud. Exerc., 2:90, says that ?angel? was a term designating officer or elder of a synagogue. See also Bp. Lightfoot, Com. on Philippians, 187, 188; Jacobs, Ecclesiastical Polity, 100 and note. In the Irvingite church, accordingly, ?angels? constitute an official class.

(f) by assisting and protecting individual believers;

<11190> 1 Kings 19:5 ? ?an angel touched him [Elijah], and said unto him, Arise and eat?; <199111>Psalm 91:11 ? ?he will give his angels charge over thee, To keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone?; <270622>Daniel 6:22 ? ?My God

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