Pristine Grace

So You're Impressed by Angels?
by Scott Price
So You're Impressed by Angels?

"Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister these things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into." I Peter 1:11-12

    There are many examples in the Bible where God used angels to do mighty things. There are places in the Bible where men saw angels and bowed down to honor them and the angels made them to get up because the angels knew men were not to worship them. People are in awe at angels and desire to look into what angels are all about.

    The scripture quoted above says that God's people have had the gospel revealed to them. In the gospel there is revealed the glory of God that angels do not even know about. This is the glory of God's redemptive character. This is the glory of Christ as the God-man mediator when He satisfied God's inflexible law and justice by His substitutionary obedience and accomplished sacrifice on the cross foe His people. Christ magnified the law and enabled God to be both a just God and a Saviour. He brought in an everlasting righteousness that justifies every sinner for whom He stood as representative and died for. That righteousness is imputed to all God's people as they pass from death unto life.

    God has chosen not to reveal this gospel to angels but rather to mere sinful human beings for whom He died. Paul said in II Corth 4:4-7 that this revelation of the glory of God in the gospel is a "treasure we have in earthen vessels." This gospel is a message that can be studied for the rest of our life to grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. We need to put our eyes on the Christ of the gospel. He is the Angel (messenger) of the LORD. Look to Him not the angels He created.