Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? (Matthew 26:53).
If you are like many people, when you think of angels, your mind immediately thinks about the figure often placed on the top of a Christmas tree. Perhaps we are inclined to respond this way because the Christmas story in Luke 2 mentions angels who spoke to the shepherds.
The English word angel comes from the Greek word angelos, meaning “messenger.” So in Scripture, an angel is essentially a created being whose task is to be a messenger from God.
Angels Fall into Two Categories—Good and Bad
Good angels: This category is made up of holy angels or angels of God. Jesus also spoke of “his angels” as those who could be called upon to provide assistance (Matthew 24:31).
Even within the category of good angels there are different kinds of angels:
Bad angels: This category of angelic beings consists of “the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41). They formerly resided in heaven, but they were unfaithful to God and were driven out of heaven and cast down to Earth by the holy angels. Satan is the chief advocate of evil and wickedness in this group of fallen angels.
What Does This Mean for You?
There is a war going on, but it is not a war you can see. It’s spiritual warfare. Although God and the devil are in battle, you don’t have to wait until the end to see who will win. God has already defeated Satan, his angels, and the power of sin and death with Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
Learn more about angels and other significant biblical topics in The 50 Most Important Teachings of the Bible.