Do We Have Private Angels?


In Acts 12:15, the Christians praying for Peter couldn’t settle for that Peter had someway been launched from jail (cf. Acts 12:6–11). When Rhoda introduced that Peter was on the door, “They stated to her, ‘You’re out of your thoughts.’ However she stored insisting that it was so, they usually stored saying, ‘It’s his angel!’”

Why would they declare, “It’s his angel”? Did they imagine every individual had an angel for some motive? Is that this taught someplace in Scripture?

In exploring the reply to this query, one “non-angelic” conclusion is that his “angel” may have been a human “messenger” for the reason that Greek phrase angelos could possibly be translated to imply one or the opposite (e.g., James 2:25). Nevertheless, the Christians in the home weren’t eager to rise up from their seats and obtain a messenger, indicating that they thought nobody was truly on the door and that “his angel” was maybe some hopeful figment of Rhoda’s creativeness.

Nonetheless, that they stated “It’s his angel!” could mirror one thing of an try to provide a theologically passable reply to Rhoda for what she noticed whereas on the identical time discounting that Peter was bodily current on the door. What did their reply imply?

Within the OT, angels often protected folks from dying indirectly (e.g., Gen 19:12–14; Dan 6:22) and had been thus “ministering spirits despatched out to serve for the sake of those that are to inherit salvation” (Heb 1:14). An angel like Michael can have “cost” of a nation (Dan 12:1), and Jesus stated that youngsters have angels “in heaven” who “at all times see the face of my Father,” interceding for them when they’re despised (Matt 18:10). Jewish lore confirmed a preferred perception in guardian angels and that they might even match the bodily look of the individual being protected.

This transient survey exhibits us that Scripture doesn’t explicitly inform us that individuals have guardian angels, not to mention ones who mirror the looks of the protected. Angels can minister on the behalf of youngsters, the saints, and a nation. However these realities fall in need of concluding that each individual has an angel that represents or protects us as crucial.

No matter one could make of Acts 12:15, it’s a stretch to theologize about angels from an elusive remark made within the warmth of the second. If something, perhaps the occasional appearances of angels in Acts moved these Christians to explain one thing that Rhoda may settle for whereas they might proceed with their prayer assembly (satirically, praying for Peter). On the most, perhaps they believed an angel had been despatched to encourage the Christians to maintain on praying for Peter. In any case, and extra possible, maybe they had been saying no matter they might to pacify Rhoda. Both approach, like the remainder of Scripture, Acts 12:15 doesn’t essentially counsel a perception that every individual has a private angel.

David Huffstutler

About David Huffstutler

David pastors First Baptist Church in Rockford, IL, serves as a chaplain for his native police division, and teaches as adjunct school at Bob Jones College. David holds a Ph. D. in Utilized Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His focus in Christian Management focuses his contributions to pastoral and sensible theology.


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