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GOD'S FAMILY

                            OF WHAT family does Paul speak in Ephesians?

                            "For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named."                             Ephesians 3:14, 15.

By what name are the members of this family called?

"Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord." Job 1:6. "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." 1 John 3:1.

By what name do we know the family in heaven?

"And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne . . . : and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands." Revelation 5:11.

Did angels exist before the death of any of the human family?

"So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims." Genesis 3:24.

    NOTE.—"The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy" at the foundation of the earth. Job 38:6, 7.

What does Paul say of their number?

"But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels." Hebrews 12:22. (See also Daniel 7:10.)

Are angels of a higher order of beings than man?

"Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels." Psalms 8:5.

NOTE.—There are different orders of angels: "Cherubims" (Genesis 3:24); "Seraphims" (Isaiah 6:2, 6); "Archangel" (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Jude 9).

    Some of their names are: "Michael" (Daniel 10:13, 21; 12:1; Jude 9); "Gabriel" (Daniel 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:19); "Uriel" (2 Esdras [Apocrypha] 4:1, 36; 5:20). (See 1 Chronicles 15:5.) "Arid" (doubtless of angelic origin). (See Ezra 8:16.)

    Michael means, "Who is like God," and hence is a fit title for Christ. Gabriel signifies, "The strength of ,God," an appropriate name for the angel or being who stands next to Christ (Daniel 10:21). Uriel means, "The light of God"; Ariel, "The lion of God."

     

Is Christ ever called an angel?

"Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared." Exodus 23:20. (See verse 23; Acts 7:38; and margin of 1 Corinthians 10:4.) "The angel of His presence saved them." Isaiah 63:9. "Michael the archangel." Jude 9. (See also Daniel 12:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:16.)

    NOTE.—Angel means messenger. In Malachi 3:1, Christ is called "the messenger of the covenant."

To whose authority are the angels subject?

"Jesus Christ: who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto Him." 1 Peter 3:21, 22.

    NOTE.—Christ is "captain of the Lord's host." (Joshua 5:13-15.)

What description does Daniel give of Gabriel?

"His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude." Daniel 10:6.

    NOTE.—Similar descriptions are given of GOd, the "Ancient of days," in Daniel 7:9; and of Christ, "the Son of man," in Revelation 1:13-15. The angel that rolled away the stone from Christ's sepulcher is thus described: "His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow." Matthew 28:3.

What shows that angels are real beings?

"And he [Abraham] took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat." "And he [Lot] made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat." Genesis 18:8; 19:3.

Why does Paul encourage us to entertain strangers?

"Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." Hebrews 13:2.

CHARACTER, POWER, AND WORK OF ANGELS

What is said of the strength and character of the angels?

"His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of His word." Psalms 103:20.

In what work are angels engaged?

"Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" Hebrews 1:14.

In his dream at Bethel, what did Jacob see?

"And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascend- ing and descending on it." Genesis 28:12.

What scripture indicates that each child of God has an' accompanying angel?

"Take heed that ye 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 which is in heaven." Matthew 18:10.

    NOTE.—Another has said: "Christians who live in the light of God's coun- tenance are always accompanied by unseen angels, and these holy beings leave behind them a blessing in our homes."

How is their watchcare over God's people expressed?

"The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them." Psalms 34:7.

Who protected the three Hebrews in the fiery furnace?.

 "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. . . . God ... hath sent His angel, and delivered His servants that trusted in Him." Daniel 3:25-28.

How was Daniel saved from death in the lions' den?

"My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me." Daniel 6:22.

When surrounded by the Syrians, what did Elisha do?

"And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." 2 Kings 6:16, 17.

What does the psalmist say of the chariots of God?

"The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels." Psalms 68:17.

By what means were the apostles delivered from prison?

"The angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them forth." Acts 5:19.

How was Peter delivered later?

"The angel of the Lord came'upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands. . . . And he saith unto him, Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me. . . . They came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him." Acts 12:7-10.

    NOTE.—"What we call physical law is no obstruction to angelic ministra- tions. Bolts and bars and prison gates disappear at their volition, and dungeons like palaces shine in their presence. No place can be so dismal, no cavern so deep and dark, no Inquisition cell so hidden and fetid, no fortress so strongly guarded, that they cannot find quick and easy access, if a child of God is there."—E. A. STOCKMAN, Footprints of Angels in Fields of Revelation, pp. 74, 75.

How was Elijah strengthened for a forty days: journey?

"The angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat.... He arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God." 1 Kings 19:7, 8.

After His forty days' temptation, how was Christ strengthened?

"Behold, angels came and ministered unto Him." Matthew 4:11.

How was Christ strengthened in Gethsemane?

"And there appeared an angel unto Him from heaven, strength- ening Him." Luke 22:43.

Are the angels interested in the plan of salvation?

"Which things the angels desire to look into." 1 Peter 1:12. "Like- wise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God 9ver one sinner that repenteth." Luke 15:10.

Before whom are we said to speak?

"Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error." Ecclesiastes 5:5, 6.

For what must men give account in the judgment?

"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." Matthew 12:36. (See also Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14.)

Out of what will men be judged before God's throne?

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." Reve- lation 20:12.

What shows that the actions of men are recorded?

"A book of remembrance was written before Him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon His name." Malachi 3:16. (See also Isaiah 65:6; Jeremiah 2:22.)

In the judgment how many angels minister before God?

"Thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened." Daniel 7:10.

    NOTE.—Since the angels are our ministering spirits, and our lives are open before them, it is reasonable to infer that they make the record of our lives. Then when the books are examined, they will of necessity be present, to minister before God.

What does Christ promise overcomers?

"He that overcometh, I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels." Revelation 3:5.

What protection has ,God promised His people during the seven last plagues?

"There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone." Psalms 91:10-12.

Who will come with Christ, and what will they do?

"For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels." "And they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 16:27; 24:31.

Where will all the saints then go?

"Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." 1 Thessalonians 4:17.