Q. My local church teaches from Hebrews 1:14 “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”. They say we can use this verse to basically tell our “ministering spirits” to do things. My Pastor used this verse and told his ministering spirits to bring him a new car. Though this sounds great, it seems a little off to me. IF this really worked and was this easy we couldn’t keep people out of churches. Are there other verses in the bible that talk about this?
A. Hebrews 1:14 is the last verse in a passage meant to refute the teaching that Jesus was an angel. The idea is that Jesus, being the Son of God and the exact representation of His being, is vastly superior to angels who are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation (the Church). But to say that angels are ours to command is Biblically incorrect. They are God’s to command and sometimes He commands them to minister to us.