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When it comes to angels, there are two extremes. One is to treat angels like little gods. Roman Catholicism does this by encouraging prayers to angels. Another extreme is to neglect angels altogether. Neither extreme is biblical.
Historically, the Reformed churches have neither ignored the angels nor given them excessive attention. If you look at the index of Calvin’s Institutes, two-thirds of a page are filled with references to angels. This soundly reflects the emphasis found in the Scriptures. Similarly, article 12 of the Belgic Confession has a paragraph devoted to the Scriptural teaching about the creation and purpose of angels. However, I don’t think many people have considered how the biblical teaching on angels bears on how we think about the missionary task of the church.
Belgic Confession Article 12
Says our Confession, “He also created the angels good, to be his messengers and serve the elect.” The…
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