Angels and Demons 1 – Creation begins a new Bible class series on angels for the New Year. Can angels get married? Are they eternal? Should God be worries if they all gang up on him? There are plenty of questions on the topic of angels. We won’t answer all of them in this first lesson, but we will talk about their creation.
The word eternal can be a little confusing for some. It’s true that God created everything, including angels (including mankind) to live forever. The fall into sin changed all of that, of course. Just because something will live forever doesn’t mean that it’s eternal. The word eternal means that something or someone doesn’t have a beginning and it doesn’t have an end. If the angels were created – and Colossians 1 includes them in a blanket list of everything being created – then angels had a beginning. And if angels had a beginning, then they can’t be eternal.
While we’re on the topic of creation, when – as in what day of creation – were the angels created? That’s a harder question. They aren’t listed in Genesis 1, but we do have a few other clues on the topic. When God is speaking to Job out of a thunderhead, he asks Job a series of questions. The point of the questions is to remind Job that God is God – Job isn’t. So Job, “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” This doesn’t answer the question as to the day of creation, but it does make it sound like it was early in the process.
Want to hear more? Watch this week’s study – the final in our series on the Angels and Demons 1 – Creation.
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