By: Undre Griggs, Jr.
The English word "angel" comes from the Greek angelos, which means 'messenger'. As messengers of God, angels have many tasks and responsibilities. We recall the angel speaking to Philip when it guided his path to cross the Ethiopian Eunuch.
Acts 8:26 (ESV): Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place.
Angels are often used to minister to the needs of the saints.
Acts 5:19 (NKJV): But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”
Hebrews 1:14 (ESV): Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?
Psalms 91:11 (ESV): For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
Angels can have a spiritual form and a physical form.
Isaiah 6:2 (ESV): Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew.
Hebrews 13:2 (ESV): Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Judges 13:6 (ESV): Then the woman came and told her husband, “A man of God came to me, and his appearance was like the appearance of the angel of God, very awesome. I did not ask him where he was from, and he did not tell me his name,
Much like us, angels can fall and succumb to sin (which leads to death).
Jude 1:6 (ESV): And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day
And yes, children have guardian angels who will deliver messages to the Lord.
Matthew 18:10 (ESV): “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.