Guardian Angels

Q. Thank you for your insights, as always.

Is there any information on guardian angels and their roles? Specifically, angels who watch over us individually on a one-to-one basis. The only scriptural reference that I think might allude to this has to do with the childrens’ angels being in heaven and beholding God’s face (Matt. 18:10-11). If this is a reference to guardian angels, does that mean that they are always in heaven, and not on earth beside us? Since we now have the Holy Spirit, does that mean we no longer have these guardian angels?

A. The clearest reference to guardian angels is the passage from Matt. 18 that you quoted. There the context is children. It’s apparently no problem for an angel to be in Heaven in one instant and here the next. Otherwise they wouldn’t be much help to our children would they?

Hebrews 1:14 says, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” and Hebrews 13:2 admonishes us to be kind to strangers because for all we know they could be angels.

From these passages we can reasonably conclude that angels are among us all the time helping and protecting us in unseen ways. One of the great eye-openers of all time will be when we get to heaven and see just how often we’ve been shielded, protected and assisted by these warriors of God without even knowing it.

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