Angels part 2 – The Characteristics of Angels / Psalm 8:5 (Sermon Audio and Notes)

Posted on August 31, 2013


This is the second in a series of messages about angels. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of August 25, 2013. This message outlines some of characteristics of angels.  This post contains an audio recording of my sermon, plus the sermon notes. The sermon notes are not a full transcript of the sermon.



Angels 2


Psalm 8:5


This passage highlights the differences between man and angels.

On the one hand, man is made in God’s image, to have dominion over the earth (before the fall).

On the other hand, man is lower than the angels.

While we all know the characteristics of man, what characteristics comprise angels?

First, angels are immortal.

Luke 20:36

Though they are immortal, they are not eternal.

To be immortal means to have life and never die, but that life has a beginning.

To be eternal, is to exist without beginning or end. Only God fits this description.

This is also a good reason why angels have to be part of the creation of our space matter and time universe which was created during the creation week.

Anything outside of that realm would constitute an existence without beginning or end, and only God would be able to fill that.

Angels are spirit beings.

Hebrews 1:13-14

Angels are also physical, and are persons:

  • They speak
  • They possess intelligence
  • They have emotion (joy)
  • They have a will

Angels have a physical form, and can appear as humans.

Genesis 19 – Sodom and Gomorrah

Joshua 5:13-14

Mark 16:5-6

Every named angel in the Bible is referred to in the masculine form. (Michael, Gabriel and Lucifer)

Revelation 12:7

Luke 1:29

Isaiah 14:12

The idea of genderless angels comes solely from Matthew 22:30 & Luke 20:35

That angels have no gender, is not stated anywhere in scripture.

It is an inference which has no means of corroboration.

Just because they don’t marry does not mean they have no gender, and numerous other scriptures assign a male gender.

It’s interesting that the angels NEVER appear in female form.

They always appear as men. (So much for the pretty ladies with feathery wings and halos)

The angels are also have another physical form, which always invokes fear.

We will look at those forms when we discuss the different classifications of angels.

These angels also possess superhuman power.

Psalm 103:20

As such they are often God’s arm in judgment.

Psalm 78:49

We see, especially in Revelation, that angels are capable of manipulating nature and the physical world.

Revelation 16:3

They are the original weapons of mass destruction.

Revelation 14:18-20

However great and powerful they are, we must be mindful that their power is derived from God.

Their power is finite, and they are unable to do those things that are particular to God: create, act without means, or search the human heart.

Even an angel may claim divine assistance when in conflict with another angel.

Jude 1:9

Angels are not above God, but rather, are an important part of His creation.

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