Hebrews 13 Lesson

Are Angels Real?

ARE THERE REALLY ANGELS ON EARTH?

  • “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2.

This scripture is thought-provoking and important to ponder.  Is it to be taken literally?  Are there really angels on earth?  Can we sit down and talk with them?

YOU MAY HAVE MET AN ANGEL WITHOUT REALIZING IT

Have you ever met somebody and asked yourself if they are an angel sent from heaven?  It is amazing the way that people sometimes pop into our lives at just the right time, in just the right place, and then help us in some way.  These people can sometimes impact our lives in a profound way.   

But what if they are not people? 

What if they are really angels and we just did not know it?

EVERY WORD OF THE BIBLE IS TRUE 

As you read Hebrews 13:2 remind yourself that God would not have inspired the Hebrew writer to write these words if they were not true. 

  • “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2.

The Apostle Paul’s second letter to Timothy tells us that:

  • “All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

The Bible is perfectly written because God directly inspired it.  Every word, every verse, and every chapter are exactly as God intended them to be.  Therefore, when the Bible says that there are angels among us, we can trust that this is an absolute truth!

GOD WANTS US TO PRACTICE HOSPITALITY

Being kind to strangers is something that Christians are supposed to do.  As God’s children, we were created to do good works and to serve and love one another.  Sadly, in today’s high-tech world, hospitality has become a bit of a dying art.  Too many times, in too many places, we are too caught up in our own busy lives. 

Somebody once said, “Even if you win the rat race, that still makes you a rat.” 

How much more joy we would have if we took some of the focus off ourselves and tried to get to know the people that God has brought into our lives. 

“TOO BUSY TO BE HOSPITABLE”

A wise person once said, “When life is not adding up, it is time to start subtracting.”

If we do not have time to be hospitable to the people that God brings into our lives, we need to ask ourselves if we are spending our time on earth the way that God wants us to.  Outside forces will try to pressure us to work harder to get more “stuff,” but is that what God wants us to do?  Is that why we were created?  As Christians, we have a higher purpose.  

When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, He did not say, “Work as hard as you can, to make as much money as you can, so that you can have more things.” 

Instead, Jesus said:

  • “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” – Mathew 22:37-40.

Loving our neighbor is what God commands us to do!  Therefore, whatever God has blessed us with, we should think about how we can use it to practice hospitality. 

WHAT IS CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY? 

Christian hospitality is described as, “Treating strangers and friends alike. It is welcoming one another into our homes and lives.” (source: The Suffolk News-Herald)

It does not mean that we need to cook a fancy meal, although there is nothing wrong with that.  What Christian hospitality means is that we care enough to get involved in people’s lives and that we allow them to get involved in ours. 

Remember, there are no strangers, there are only friends that we have not met.

When we live our lives to serve others and to glorify God, we will be given plenty of opportunities to practice Christian hospitality.  When we do, we never know who God will bring into our lives.  Maybe even an angel or two? 

CONCLUSION

As we live our lives, we are meant to be shining lights in a world that too often is dark and scary.  God wants us to practice hospitality by treating strangers and friends alike and by welcoming others into our homes and lives.  When we do this, we may end up entertaining angels without ever knowing it.  How do we know this to be true?  Because the Bible says it is true, and the Bible never lies!

We will end today’s lesson by revisiting the following scripture:

  • “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2.

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Does Romans 13:2 means that there are angels among us today?

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Pat Dermody

God sent angels to Mary, Abraham and Gideon. The Bible does not say one way or another. So I think it’s possible that a stranger enters our life and utters a message that touches us in a God like way.

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Does Romans 13:2 means that there are angels among us today?

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Joseph

We should be very clear, the bible does NOT say that there are angels living among us!

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Michael
Joseph

How do you explain Hebrews 13:2 then?

What do others think?

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