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Wordwise Insight, Issue #077
January 14, 2011

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BIBLE INSIGHTS (and Reader Q & A): Were angels created with a free will?

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QUESTION: Roselle asks, "Did God create angels with free will?"

ANSWER: What an interesting question! And not an easy one to answer completely, or with total certainty. Though angels come into the Bible’s story here and there, God’s Word focuses mainly on this earth, and things that pertain directly to humanity. We are told some things about angels, but the Lord has not seen fit to answer all our questions on the subject. For that reason, some of what I’ll share below is a deduction, based on clues we’re given.

Angels are powerful spirit beings created by the Lord (Col. 1:16), and appointed to be His servants commissioned to help believers (Heb. 1:14). Though they have the ability to take on a physical form when needed, in their natural state they are invisible. And there are many, many of them.

God made “an innumerable company of angels” (Heb. 12:22). And He made them all at once. That is, they differ from man in that God made two human beings, and the rest have come by procreation from the original two. But the heavenly angels “neither marry nor are given in marriage” (Matt. 22:30). They do not bear angel babies. Nor can they die (Lk. 20:36). From that it would seem that the number of angels in existence remains eternally the same.

In our case, the sin of Adam and Eve has corrupted all who have descended from them (Rom. 5:12--with the exception of the virgin-born Son of God). We commit acts of sin because we’re first of all sinners by nature, “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1). But angels, created individually, did not inherit a sinful nature as we did.

However, similar to man, they are moral agents. They are not like mere robots, or puppets on a string. The angels all...

For the rest of this article, click on Angels Free Will.


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I have developed a blog that is called Wordwise Hymns. As the title suggests, it is about hymns, and church music in general.

But as many of you will know, a blog is especially designed to facilitate a conversation on its particular subject. Readers can easily post comments about what they see, and I'm able to reply. I hope you will take part in the discussion!

Through 2010, almanac entries dealt with what happened in hymn history on each day of the year. Beginning in 2011, I hope to analyze hymns from a biblical standpoint, linking to the material that has come before.

My hope is that the blog will add to the value of the website and this newsletter, and promote some profitable exchanges on the subject of sacred music.

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