Ministering Spirits

Hebrews 1:10-14

10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:

11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;

12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?

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

Buddhism has no account in its teaching about how the world came into existence.  Hindus believe Brahma created all things, and all beings on this earth came from a greater, higher consciousness. Islam teaches that all matter was in one place and Allah spoke causing it to explode (Big Bang).  None of these give any timeline for their explanation of creation, and these religions account for 60% of the world’s religious believers.  It seems only Christianity has a defined timeline that can be traced back to the original inhabitants of Earth.  That timeline says it was about 6,000 years ago that God created this world and all that is within it.  The Big Bang theorists say it was more like 4.5 billion years ago.  This brings the debate!  Science vs. God.  Can carbon dating really be trusted?  After all this is what science is using to date the earth, isn’t it?  One simple calculation measuring the breakdown cycle of carbon is used to refute the Bible.  And that method of measuring time has come under much scrutiny in recent years.  I believe the more scientists learn, the more they will prove the Biblical story rather than disprove it.  Science has a long way to go to catch up to God!

Take this universe for example.  Recently, reports have come out that say the universe is expanding more rapidly than before, and more rapidly than it should be. I have to ask the question “Who decides how fast the universe should expand?”.  Certainly not scientists!  They have absolutely no control.  But saying it is going faster than it should signifies that there has been a pattern in the past, and they expect it to stay the same in the future.  That is almost an admittance that someone or thing is in control of it!  I know who that is!  It is the God who made it all, who worked out the heavens with His hands.  He placed the stars and continues to place them.  These scholars who say a star blew up billions of years ago and we are just seeing the light from it now don’t take into effect the fact that the universe expands all the time.  That star was much closer to earth not all that long ago.  God continues to create stars and place them today, organizing them into galaxies and super galaxies, all to show off His glory.  Let us never forget the one who made it all and places all those stars.  His name is Jesus!

One day this universe will be done with.  Peter writes that the earth will burn with fervent heat.  This world will be destroyed, and a new heaven and new earth will come down to take it’s place.  As much as man wants to conquer this universe, and as much as they think it has always been and will always be, there is only one entity that will endure, and has endured, forever.  That is the God we serve.  Other religions do not refute the Bible story, they only give their own versions of it.  In a court of law, the prosecution must make its case.  If they do not, the defense wins, often without even going to trial.  This is because the evidence has to support the charges.  If it does not, there is no reason to go through a trial.  The matter is settled outside of court.  In this universe, the creation story stands on its own merits.  No one can refute it.  May we always fight to have this taught in the public forum so people will never forget who made this land that they stand on, eat from, and love. 

As we said, the universe is constantly expanding and changing.  Stars are added, galaxies are newly discovered, and stars are moving all the time.  There is no wasted motion.   Someday it will end, but God never goes away.  He remains steadfast and loyal those who call on his name.  He does not change.  The word immutable is one that I have had on my mind for some time now.  We know the other words that describe God – omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent – but we forget about immutable.  Immutable means unchanging over time or unable to be changed.  There is such peace in knowing this is His characteristic.  If He healed before, He will heal now.  If He delivered before, He will deliver now.  If He parted seas and rivers before, He will do it now.  If He raised dead bones and gave them life, He will do it now.  If He rained down manna from heaven before, He will do it now.  He does not change.  Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today and forever! For this reason, the angels are there to minister to the needs of the saints.  Jesus is always working, always moving in people’s lives, always making life better for His saints.  He uses the angels to do this, to deliver messages, to bring healing, to hold back obstacles, to lift weights of burden from our shoulders.  The angels are there in any way to guard over us as we walk with Him.  They are always around to answer His call and do His bidding, because they love to serve the one with the sceptre!  It is not a task they dread, but one they look forward to.  All of heaven breaks into a party when one soul is saved!  The angels applauded when you were saved.  Imagine that!  When we speak the name of Jesus, we get their attention!  Because when we speak His name, the angels know He will answer and they will be pout to work as His ministering Spirits.  What a delight to know this as fact.

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