Quantity or Quality

Most of us read right over phrases in the Bible such as “Angel of the Lord” or “of His presence”, or “Sons of God”. Here are some spots you can look up. Gen 16:7-11, 13; 22:11, 12; 24:7; 31:11, 13; Ex 3:1-6, 23:20; Zech 1:12, 13, etc.

Who is the “Angel of the Lord”? Reading in context Gen 16:7-11, “the Angel (Angel is capitalized) met Hagar in the wilderness. Now look at  2 Pet 2:11 and notice that angel is not capitalized.

“Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.”

Now look at Gen 16:13 and Hagar tells you who this “Angel of the Lord” is!

“Then she called the name of the LORD who spoke to her, You-Are- the-God-Who-Sees; for she said, ‘Have I also here seen Him who sees me?’” NKJV

The “Angel” of the Lord is the pre incarnate Christ Jesus!! It is the visible Lord God in the Old Testament. After Jesus birth into a human body, that phrase is never again used. So the “Angel of the Lord” is the visible Lord God of the Old Testament, as Jesus Christ is of the New Testament. An angel in the New Testament, no capital A, is yes, a created being.

How about “Sons of God”. Simple! Angels (small a) are created from God. We as human beings are not “sons of God” but rather we are sons and daughters of Adam. This is why we are adopted into the family of God!

In the Old Testament, those who were called the “sons of God” were:
Adam (Luke 3:38),
The angels (Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7)
Israel (Isaiah 43:6,7, Psalms 82:6, Matthew 9:2,22).

“And not only ‘the creation’, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for ‘adoption as sons’, the redemption of our bodies. Rom 8:23

Don’t read over words and phrases. Read for quality not quantity.  Quantity won’t teach you anything!


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