God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendent of David. The virgin's name was Mary."
--Luke 1:26-27, NIV
Today we will look at some of the aspects of the Christian doctrine of Angels and their continued role in Christianity and humanity in general.
We will discuss the origin of Angels and likewise Demons, their role in both the New and Old Testament and lastly we will discuss the activity of angels in spiritual warfare.
Concluding that angels and demons were created by God, acting as ministers sent by a loving and divine God to oversee and participate in world events and to reveal our eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.
THE ORIGIN AND ROLE OF ANGELS AND DEMONS
So that we know what we are talking about let’s begin with a definition. Angels are typically knows as benevolent celestial beings created by God that act as an intermediaries between heaven and earth, and figure prominently in Christianity.
The creation of the most influential Christian angelic hierarchy is attributed to Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, also known as Pseudo-Denys, who was a Christian theologian and philosopher of the late 5th to early 6th century.
In his book De Coelesti Hierarchia Pseudo-Dionysius (The Celestial Hierarchy) he drew on passages from the New Testament, specifically Ephesians 1:21 and Colossians 1:16, in an attempt to develop a schema of three Hierarchies, Spheres or Triads of angels, with each Hierarchy containing three Orders or Choirs which resulted in
First sphere consisting of: 1. Seraphim, the highest ranking class of angels closest to the throne of God. 2. Cherubim, 3. Thrones
Second sphere consisting of: 4. Authorities, 5. Lordships, 6. Powers
Third sphere: consisting of: 7. Principalities, 8. Archangels, 9. Angels. The lowest ranking and often used to communicate divine messages to humanity.
A fallen angel, often referred to a demon in Christian Theology is an angel who has been exiled or banished from Heaven. This banishment is a punishment for disobeying or rebelling against God as described in Revelation 12 relating to the war in heaven, the book of Jude v6 also states that angels did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their home and are now reserved in darkness bound with everlasting chains until the day of judgement.
The best-known fallen angel is Lucifer a name frequently attributed to Satan the word Lucifer, however, does not refer to Satan anywhere in the Bible.
ANGELS AND DEMONS IN THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENT
Angels make an appearance on the biblical stage in both the Old and New Testaments. Angels appear in the Bible from the beginning to the end, from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation. The Bible is our best source of knowledge about angels - for example, Psalms 91:11, Matthew 18:10 and Acts 12:15 indicate humans have guardian angels.