Where are God’s angels today?
“Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye, who sang creation’s story,
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.”
The angels that were present at the creation, have been present throughout all of history, waiting the time when God’s word would be fulfilled in the incarnation of His Son, Jesus.
Without doing a whole series on angels, we want to look at one segment of the record of angels from God’s word, to compare the angel’s announcement of Mary’s conception, to Jesus’ proclamation of our new birth.
The Angels Proclamation:
“And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” Luke 1:35
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…except a man is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit…The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” John 3:3,5-6
The same Holy Ghost (Sprit) that came upon Mary is the same Spirit that comes upon us to reveal Jesus Christ in us. The power of the Highest that overshadowed Mary is the same power that overshadows His people today; by which we conceive in our hearts the image and Spirit of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
He told His disciples that He would not leave them helpless, but would come to them, by His Spirit. When Jesus comes He does not just come unto us, but into us, by His Spirit.
Mary could not conceive a child of her own. It was God’s gift to her and to us.
We cannot conceive a child on our own. Whether flesh or Spirit, it is God’s gift to us.
We cannot will this gift to ourselves. We cannot birth Christ in our own hearts.
We cannot decide to believe in Christ. Only He can send His Spirit to be born in us.
Was Mary’s conception a phenomenon? So is our faith in Jesus Christ.
Was the birth of Jesus Christ through a virgin a supernatural event? So is our new birth.
Apart from Jesus Christ, we can do nothing. As He continually sends His Spirit to do His work in and through us we can do all things that He wills for us, no less and no more ~ all miraculously!
“CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY”
What are the angels doing, now that Christ has accomplished His work on earth and “It is finished?” They are still winging their flight o’er all the earth; and in heaven rejoicing over every sinner that repents!
The work of the Spirit of Christ keeps the angels singing. “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14
Angels We Have Heard on High
Sweetly singing o’er the plains
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Glory to God in the Highest!
“All creation, join in praising God, the Father, Spirit, Son,
Evermore your voices raising to the eternal Three in One.”
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