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1:14 ministering spirits. This important passage indicates that the primary reason why God created the angels is so that they could serve to implement His purpose in creating and redeeming men and women in His own image. Angels possess great wisdom (II Samuel 14:20); great strength (Psalm 103:20); great speed (Daniel 9:21); and great numbers (Hebrews 12:22) in performing this ministry. They accomplish their ministry on behalf of the heirs of salvation, in various ways, including: instruction (Acts 10:3-6); deliverance (Psalm 34:7; 91:11); comfort (Matthew 1:20; Luke 22:43); and, finally, reception at death (Luke 16:22). They were created to be “ministering spirits [continually being], sent forth to minister [that is, ‘serve’] for them who shall be heirs of salvation.”

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