hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions? mouths; and they have not hurt me; <400411>Matthew 4:11 ? ?angels came and ministered unto him? ? Jesus was the type of all believers; 18:10 ? ?despise not one of these little ones, for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father?; compare verse 6 ? ?one of these little ones that believe on me?; see Meyer, Com. in loco , who regards these passages as proving the doctrine of guardian angels. <421622>Luke 16:22 ? ?the beggar died, and? was carried away by the angels into Abraham?s bosom?;
<580114> Hebrews 1:14 ? ?Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to do service for the sake of them that shall inherit salvation?? Compare
<441215> Acts 12:15 ? ?And they said, It is his angel? ? of Peter standing knocking; see Hackett Com. in loco , the utterance ?expresses a popular belief prevalent among the Jews, which is neither affirmed nor denied.? Shakespeare, Henry IV, 2nd part, 2:2 ? ?For the boy ? there is a good angel about him.? Per contra, see Broadus, Com, on <401810>Matthew 18:10 ? ?It is simply said of believers as a class that there are angels which are ?their angels?; but there is nothing here or elsewhere to show that one angel has special charge of one believer.?
(g) by punishing God?s enemies.
<121935> 2 Kings 19:35 ? ?It came to pass that night that the angel of Jehovah went forth and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred fourscore and five thousand?; <441223>Acts 12:23 ? ?And immediately an angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost?
A general survey of this Scripture testimony as to the employment of good angels leads us to the following conclusions:
First, that good angels are not to be considered as the mediating agents of God?s regular and common providence. They are the ministers of his special providence in the affairs of his church. He ?maketh his angels winds? and ?a flaming fire,? not in his ordinary procedure but in connection with special displays of his power for moral ends ( <053302>Deuteronomy 33:2;
<440753> Acts 7:53; <480319>Galatians 3:19; <580202>Hebrews 2:2). Their intervention is apparently occasional and exceptional ? not at their own option, but only as it is permitted or commanded by God. Hence we are not to conceive of angels as coming between God, and us nor are we, without special revelation of the fact, to attribute to them in any particular case the effects which the Scriptures generally ascribe to divine providence. Like miracles, therefore, angelic appearances generally mark God?s entrance upon new
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