Q. Would you be able to explain what “because of the angels” means in 1 Corinthians 11 v. 10?
A. The context of 1 Corinthians 11 is propriety in worship. In verse 10 Paul was reminding us that unseen angels often worship with us and for their sake we should maintain proper order and decorum in our worship services.
It always amazes me how few Christians realize that worship is one of the times when heaven and earth join together in singing our praises to God.
Once our tour group was visiting St. Anne’s church in Jerusalem. It was noon and we were suddenly all alone there. We decided to spend a few minutes in worship and one of the members recorded us on a pocket recorder.
Back in the states we were amazed when we listened to the recording. There were many more voices than there were members, and we had never sounded like that before. The angels there had worshiped with us.
1 Cor. 11:10 is one of the references the Bible makes to angels being among us. Another is in Hebrews 13:2 where we’re told to be kind and helpful to strangers for by doing so some of us have entertained angels without knowing it.
You might ask why there are angels in the world, hidden among the people. Hebrews 1:14 tells us angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation. God has stationed them here, ready to respond to believers in need.