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14 Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?


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14. ministering spirits—referring to Heb 1:7, "spirits … ministers." They are incorporeal spirits, as God is, but ministering to Him as inferiors.

sent forth—present participle: "being sent forth" continually, as their regular service in all ages.

to ministerGreek, "unto (that is, 'for') ministry."

for themGreek, "on account of the." Angels are sent forth on ministrations to God and Christ, not primarily to men, though for the good of "those who are about to inherit salvation" (so the Greek): the elect, who believe, or shall believe, for whom all things, angels included, work together for good (Ro 8:28). Angels' ministrations are not properly rendered to men, since the latter have no power of commanding them, though their ministrations to God are often directed to the good of men. So the superiority of the Son of God to angels is shown. They "all," how ever various their ranks, "minister"; He is ministered to. They "stand" (Lu 1:19) before God, or are "sent forth" to execute the divine commands on behalf of them whom He pleases to save; He "sits on the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Heb 1:3, 13). He rules; they serve.




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