Do We Have Guardian Angels?

Question and Answer.

Question:

“Do we have guardian angels that look after us? I have talked to some who think we do, others say we don’t.”

Answer:

Angels are evidently created beings, who serve God and His purpose in different ways. Here are some examples where they were sent to minister to people. . . 

  • two angels came to Abraham (Genesis 18:1ff)
  • two angels came to Lot (Genesis 19:1)
  • an angel of the Lord appeared to Balaam (Numbers 22:24 – 31)
  • an angel ministered to Elijah (1 Kings 19:1 – 6)
  • angels ministered to Jesus after His temptations (Matthew 4:11)
  • an angel broke the apostle Peter out of prison (Acts 12:7 – 11)

These angels were not “people who died and became angels” (as modern TV shows and movies depict them). Angels were created as angels and were never human beings.

The idea that each person has a “guardian angel” is rooted in ancient Jewish teaching. It was a common idea during the time of Jesus and His apostles. The work of angels on behalf of humans is described in Hebrews 1:14 . . . 

“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?” (New American Standard Bible)

The passage does not say specifically that each person has a guardian angel but it is a reference to the Jewish belief about guardian angels. Jesus (in an “object lesson” about who was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven) called to Him a little child and said. . .

“Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 18:3)

He then added this statement in verse 10. . . 

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.”

I don’t know that we can ever prove for certain that we each have a guardian angel (or what that angel does, if we do). That angels are “ministering spirits, sent out” to serve us is clearly stated. How they do this and exactly what they do we are just not told.

The phrase which Jesus used (“their angels”) certainly implies that each one has an angel. Otherwise, phrase wouldn’t make much sense. Yet, He was talking to Jewish people who believed in the idea that each person having a guardian angel. His statement is an obvious reference to that Jewish belief.

My personal belief is that we do have guardian angels. But what they do and how they do it, I have no idea. But based on the Scriptures above (and others), I believe in guardian angels.

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