Question: Do Believers Have A Guardian Angel?
Answer: People often wonder if they have a guardian angel looking after them. Is there a special angel assigned to each person? What does the Bible say?
Jesus’ Statement About Angels
In the gospels, we find that Jesus made a statement which seems to teach that believes have guardian angels. Matthew records Him saying the following.
Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven (Matthew 18:10 NRSV).
This has caused some to think that each believer has a special angel looking after them. A number of observations should be made.
1. Angels Do Protect
We do know that one of the ministries of angels is to protect God’s people. The psalmist wrote.
The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them (Psalm 34:7 NRSV).
The psalmist wrote elsewhere of the protection of angels.
For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone (Psalm 91:11,12 NLT).
Angels have the job of protection.
2. They Believers Spoke Of Peter’s Angel
There is an incident, found in the Book of Acts, which may indicate that the early church understood Jesus’ words to mean that believers have guardian angels.
When Peter escaped from prison, he came to the place where the believers were praying for his release. When he knocked at the door, the servant girl saw it was Peter, and told the others. They responded in this manner.
“You're crazy!” they told her. But she kept insisting that it was true. Then they said, “It's his angel!” (Acts 12:15 HCSB).
Instead of thinking it was actually Peter, some thought that it was his angel. This may provide some evidence that they believed Peter actually had an angel guarding him.
This Is Not Necessarily True
While this may teach us that each believer has a guardian angel, this is not necessarily the case. Jesus taught that multitudes of angels were at His disposal when He was betrayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Then some men came forward, took hold of Jesus, and arrested him. Suddenly, one of the men with Jesus pulled out his sword and cut off the ear of the chief priest’s servant. Then Jesus said to him, “Put your sword away! All who use a sword will be killed by a sword. Don’t you think that I could call on my Father to send more than twelve legions of angels to help me now? How, then, are the Scriptures to be fulfilled that say this must happen (Matthew 26:50-54 God’s Word).
This also seems to be the case with each believer - multitudes of angels are at our disposal.
But to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to serve those who will inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:13,14 NET).
We are told that angels are ministering spirits who are sent to do the work of the Lord. Therefore, we should not assume that we merely have one of them looking after us.
In fact, the Bible says that Elisha the prophet prayed that his servant would see the angels that were present when he was surrounded by troops, chariots, and horses.
When the servant of the man of God got up in the morning and went outside, he saw troops, horses, and chariots surrounding the city. Elisha’s servant asked, “Master, what should we do?” Elisha answered, “Don’t be afraid. We have more forces on our side than they have on theirs.” Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, please open his eyes so that he may see.” The Lord opened the servant’s eyes and let him see. The mountain around Elisha was full of fiery horses and chariots. As the Arameans came down to get him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Please strike these people with blindness.” The Lord struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked (2 Kings 6:15-18 God’s Word).
In this instance, the multitude of angels intervened and struck the Arameans with blindness.
The Holy Spirit Indwells All Believers
There is something else. The Bible teaches that God the Holy Spirit indwells all believers. Jesus said.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, who will never leave you (John 14:16 NLT).
If the Holy Spirit of God resides inside each believer, then one might ask, “Why would we need a guardian angel looking after us?”
Therefore, a single guardian angel for each believer seems to be unnecessary.
Summary To Question 38 Do Believers Have A Guardian Angel?
Jesus spoke of angels guarding each believer. Whether each Christian has only one angel looking after them, or a vast number of angels, the Bible does not specifically say.
Based on the passage in Hebrews, it may be more proper to say that believers have a number of angels that are looking out for their interests. We do know that angels offer protection to believers.
In fact, we find that Elisha the prophet asked the Lord to open the eyes of his servant when they were surrounded by troops, chariots, and horses. The servant was then allowed to see an army of angels protecting them. In fact, these angels struck the troops with blindness.
And one last thing, since God’s Spirit lives inside each believer the need for a guardian angel may not be that necessary.
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