In His plan and purpose, God gave us authority over all angels. Christ has given us power to cast out evil spirits and to heal (Mark 3: 15). But how is this power implemented? How do we receive the power to do these things?
When we realize that Satan is a spirit that ministers to us, then we will see that we are over him and the other fallen angels. We need to realize that we are supposed to cast him out of people! Lucifer knows God’s plan; he was there at the round table when God was letting His angels in on what He would accomplish with earth and those special earthlings, Adam and his offspring.
Satan heard God say to him something like this: “And I am sending you down to earth to confuse, befuddle, and hurt the humans. Eventually some of them will learn by their pain and suffering to cry out to Me. They will then learn of My purpose for them and your purpose, too, which is this: to cause suffering and then to be cast out of My people. You are their sparring partner. Some of them will work you over and conquer you after they get the revelation on this.
Power comes when we believe that Christ was given a better name than the angels. Therefore, the angels cannot fulfill the Messiah’s calling and election. Their name contains no destiny that prophesies salvation. Their name does not herald them to be saviors. Nowhere does any angel have a name depicting them “laying down their lives” to save others. God never requires angels to lay down their lives and thus show the greatest love—just like the Son of God did. But God asks us to do just that: to present our bodies a “living sacrifice.” The Messiah’s name is more excellent than the angels’ names, for they cannot sacrifice themselves because they are spirits, not mortal flesh. Speaking of the angels, He says, “Are they not all spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
The angels are the servants of the sons and daughters of God. Their calling is to minister and help us become what God has called us to do. The Father has reserved a seat on His throne for us His offspring, His princes and princesses. He never promised that honor to any angel. Their job is to help us overcome and get to the throne (Heb. 1: 4-5). Our destiny is so glorious in Christ that the angels desire to look into it (I Pet. 1: 12).
The angels marvel at our calling and election to be members of the Son Company, that we are members of the body of Christ Himself. They know that our inheritance in God’s plan contains a greater destiny than their destiny. The angels know that they are the servants; we are the sons and daughters of the King.
For the angels have never heard their Creator say to them, “You are my Son, or, I will be your Father and you shall be my Son. Rather, the Creator says to the angels, All of you are to worship the Son.
Get this, brothers and sisters: You and I are members of the body of Christ, the Son of God. We are a part of the Son! We may be a spiritual toe, but we are a part of the Son. And God has given the angels this directive: Worship the Son! And when they worship the Son of God, they are aware that we are a part of the body of the Son. They love and adore us and want to help us fulfill God’s plan. They serve us. They minister to us. They exist to help us, their Creator’s heirs! The angels are messengers; they are spirits, ministering spirits, “sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Heb. 1: 14). They are created to serve us; they are to be our aides. They exist to help us, the heirs of God—to help us fulfill our destiny: to be the manifested sons and daughters of God.
The angels are messengers; we with the Spirit within are the message. Because the Spirit lives within us, we now are the Word, the Message, made flesh in and through Christ. For it is all Him as He flows His goodness down and through us. The angels are servants of the King. We are the second man, “the Lord from heaven.” God considers us to be members of the body of Christ. And as such, He has given us the authority to cast out evil spirits and heal the sick. We must now remember that all angels are spirits.
Speaking of angels, He said, “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Heb. 1: 14). All angels, therefore, are spirits that serve us, the “heirs of salvation.” “All” angels would include the evil spirits as well as the good. That includes Lucifer as well as Gabriel.
Our Relationship with the Angels
As we have seen, the apostle Paul mentions our relationship with the angels several times in his letter to the Hebrews:
- The Son is “made so much better than the angels” (1: 4).
- The Son has “obtained a more excellent name than they” (1: 4).
- The Father never has called the angels His sons (1: 5).
- In fact, the angels are to worship the Son (1: 6).
- The angels are spirits that serve the Father and the Son (1: 7).
- The Son is the King on His throne (1:8). He is referred to as “God.” “Thy throne, O God.”
- God has never told the angels to sit on His right hand. Why? He answers the question with this question: “Are they not ministering spirits” sent to serve and minister to the sons of God? (Heb. 1: 14).
- If we take heed to the messages (2: 2) of the angels, how much more should we take heed to the King’s word to us?
- The “subjection of the world to come” is not a host of angelic beings being the master race over us; it is rather that man, the second man, will be the ruler with Christ as joint heirs of all things.
- It also says that even though we are made mortal at present and are “a little lower than the angels” in that regard, God has given to us a glorious destiny with all things under his authority. God has “put all things under His feet.” That’s man’s feet.
Let’s stop here just a moment. God has put “all things” under the Son’s feet. “All things” include the angels themselves; they are our servants. We are not their servants. Let’s get it straight. “All things” include those invisible things including the angels. And that would mean the angels on the good side and those on the bad side of the ledger. All of the angels—good and bad—have been put in subjection unto us. Yahweh has given us authority over “all things,” and that would include the angel Lucifer, whose name was changed to Satan. This is the reason that the word says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4: 7). We have authority over Satan–authority to “boss him around.” He is an evil spirit, but God has given us power over him to cast out the evil spirit, which is the first step in the healing process. Christ would cast out the evil spirits and then touch and heal the sick one.
Some may be asking, “Where are you going with all this, Wayneman?” To tap into the power that God has given us, we must not only know the above, but believe it 100%. Christ is the Author and Finisher of our belief system. Christ is the Word, the Author. When we believe just like the Author of the Book of Life does, then we share in His authority. We have been accepted into His body. It is Him living through us that yields authority and power.
The Point Most Difficult to Comprehend
God in His infinite wisdom has given permission to one of His archangels to be the minister of pain and suffering, both mental and physical. Lucifer and the fallen angels have been given a mandate to exact pain upon God’s people in belief that they will rise up and overcome the wicked adversary–like Job.
And yet we still wonder. Why all of the human suffering, the wasting of flesh through disease. Why all the leaking of blood through the slaughter of war? Why all the whimpers of fear, neglect and hunger? Why all the human pain from the pommelings of the night? Why all the suffering? Why does unwarranted evil stalk us?
God seems to be saying in still, measured tones, “They will not come to Me until evil overtakes them. They will not draw near until disaster strikes. It is then that they will cry to Me. And then I will bend low and touch their chastened cheek with ointment and give them sips of mercy’s water, and embrace their pain with an eternal balm that heals from the inside out. And as they cry to Me in their discomfort, I will hear and come down and show them a love divine. And then they will know that I love them and was always by their side—through the good times and through the bad. But first, the sufferings must come, now for a season.