A Study of Angels
The interest in angels has never been greater. But with so much speculation and misinformation out there, how can readers separate truth from fiction? ^This study of "angelology" discusses the origin, nature, activities, and destiny of angels -- all based...
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The interest in angels has never been greater. But with so much speculation and misinformation out there, how can readers separate truth from fiction? ^This study of "angelology" discusses the origin, nature, activities, and destiny of angels -- all based on solid, biblical teaching. While comprehensive in scope and biblical in foundation, this book is easy to read and understand. ^This fascinating and informative book assures readers that they are not alone in this world. ^
Introduction In her first lesson on "A Study of Angels," Francis Parr writes, Mention the word angel and what do you visualize? In my mind's eye, I see a beautiful woman with long, golden hair; a full, flowing, white robe; and lovely, shining wings that flutter gracefully, propelling this wonder along. Her voice is soft and gentle. Other times the picture is of a fat, pink baby with a crossbow and heart-shaped arrows, aiming at some hapless fellow who, unknown to him is the object of a girl's affection. According to the Bible, both these images are almost totally inaccurate. But many people share these misleading mental pictures. This is a book on angelology, the theological term for the systematic study of angels. We will cover in this study the origin, the nature, the activities, and the destiny of angels. The words angel or angels occur some three hundred times in our English Bible. Our modern world is apt to sneer at the existence of spirit beings, but the evidence in Holy Scripture is undeniable. It seems that the philosophy of naturalism has become so widespread that many educated people do not acknowledge anything but what the eye can see and the ear can hear. Yet, in lands where education is not so available, people hold various beliefs in spirit beings. Furthermore, these beliefs are not passive, but rather convictions that influences the way they live. When there is interest in spirit beings, a study of angels naturally follows. Angels make up a great number of the beings in the heavenly realm and have a definite part in heaven's concern and care for mankind and God's plan of redemption. Therefore, it is a source of great strength and encouragement to see what God reveals in his Word about the heavenly creatures called angels. Major areas affected by a study of angels No Bible doctrine should be studied in isolation. Everything must be understood in light of other teachings of Scripture. This is true in a study of the angelic beings. Major areas of theology are affected by the biblical teaching on angels. Bibliology (doctrine of Scripture as the word of God) is affected by a study of angels because all of the information we have on angels must be gathered from the Bible. This does not deny references to angels in folklore, art, literature, and music. But our concern centers on what God has revealed to us in Scripture. Theology proper (doctrine of God) is effected by our study of angels because angels are his ministering servants. Christology (doctrine of the person and work of Christ) is affected not only because our Lord taught about angels, but also because he was associated with them in many ways throughout his ministry. Pneumatology (doctrine of the Holy Spirit) is affected by one's view of angels, for one's view of demons, Satan, and angelic beings in general center on the study of the spirit world. Angels are spirit beings, as evidenced by Hebrews 1:14. "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?" Anthropology (doctrine of man) is affected, for angels minister to the redeemed, and on the other hand, Satan's angels influence and harass man. Eschatology (doctrine of last things) is affected, for angels will be employed by God to minister to the redeemed and to punish the lost. Why study angels? Why should angels be studied? First, a study of angels is important because it is a biblical topic. Second Timothy 3:16, says, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness." Since angels are discussed in Scripture, it is important that we look at this biblical topic. Second, angels are mentioned so many times in both the Old Testament and the New Testament that the topic can hardly be ignored. Third, angels are interested in man. A
Dr. Edward P. Myersis a professor of Bible and Religion at Harding University. Other books he has written includeThe Problem of Evil and SufferingandDoctrine of the Godhead.
Dr. Edward P. Myers is a professor of Bible and Religion at Harding University. Other books he has written include "The Problem of Evil and Suffering" and "Doctrine of the Godhead".