Before God made the world, and man, the Bible is clear that He brought angelic beings into existence. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preaches that while they are spiritual beings with some type of body appropriate for their condition, they are clearly created beings. Angels are described in various ways — they are always referred to as “he", they never die, and a variety of Biblical expressions make it clear that there are good angels and evil ones. The Bible does not give an exact number of angels, but they seem countless, described as “legions” and “great hosts”. The Biblical doctrine of angels does not teach the idea of a guardian angel for every person, but as Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains, they are shown to be actively at work in our human affairs. The holy angels who continually worship the Lord in heaven operate according to God’s will as guides (Philip and the Ethiopian), comforters (Paul in the stormy shipwreck) , protectors (Daniel in the lions’ den, Michael the archangel), deliverers (Peter in prison), messengers (Gabriel), revealers of God’s will and purposes (Abraham’s visitors), executers of His judgment (Herod), and more.
About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.