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Don Stewart :: Do Believers Have a Guardian Angel?

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Don Stewart
Jesus made a statement that seems to teach that believes have guardian angels.

Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of My Father in heaven (Matthew 18:10).

This has caused some to think that each believer has a special angel looking after them.

Angels Do Protect

We have already seen that one of the ministry of angels is to protect God's people.

The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them (Psalm 34:7).

For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone (Psalm 91:11,12).

Peter's Angel

There is an incident, found in the Book of Acts, that may indicate that the early church understood Jesus' words to mean that believers have guardian angels. When Peter escaped from prison, he came to the place where the believers were praying for his release. When he knocked at the door, the servant girl saw it was Peter, and told the others. They responded in this manner.

They said to her, "You are out of your mind!" But she insisted that it was so. They said, "It is his angel" (Acts 12:15).

Instead of thinking it was actually Peter, some thought that it was his angel. This may provide some evidence that they believed Peter actually had an angel guarding him.

Not Necessarily

Though this may teach us that each believer has a guardian angel, this is not necessarily the case. Jesus taught that multitudes of angels were at His disposal. This also seems to be the case with each believer - multitudes of angels are at their disposal. The Bible says.

Are not all angels spirits in the divine service, sent to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14).

Elisha prayed that his servant would see the angels that were present.

And Elisha prayed, "O LORD, open his eyes so he may see." Then the LORD opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (2 Kings 6:17).

The Holy Spirit

Furthermore, the Bible teaches that all believers are indwelt by God the Holy Spirit. Jesus said.

And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever (John 14:16).

If the Holy Spirit of God resides inside each believer, then one might ask, "Why would we need a guardian angel looking after us?"


Jesus spoke of angels guarding each believer. Whether each Christian has only one angel looking after them, or a vast number of angels, the Bible does not specifically say. Based on the passage in Hebrews, it may be more proper to say that believers have a number of angels that are looking out for their interests. We do know that angels offer protection to believers. Furthermore, since God's Spirit lives inside each believer the need for a guardian angel may not be that necessary.
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