Does Hebrews 1:14 Teach That Christians Have Guardian Angels?


Many assert that Hebrews 1:13 to teaches that angels guard Christians against the evil path and lead them down the right path. This view, however, does not support the immediate context.

The Hebrews writer is showing how Christianity is superior to Judaism. The inspired writer emphasizes that the Christ is called the unique Son of God. Angels were never described in this way(Hebrews 1:5).

It was through the agency of angels that the Mosaic covenant was introduced (Galatians 3:19); whereas it was Jesus Christ who introduced the new covenant (Matthew 26:28) and serves as Mediator of this new and better covenant (1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 8:8-13). That is why Jesus is more superior than the angels. It also demonstrates the superiority of the new covenant over the old covenant.

Hebrews 1:13 emphasizes that Christ is superior to the angels because He has sat down at the right hand of God (Hebrews 1:4).

Notice that Hebrews 1:14 states: “Are they [the angels] not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”

First, notice that these angels are servants.

Second, they are set forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation. Notice the future tense. From a historical standpoint, it was the angels who served those who would inherit salvation (Christians). Past angels brought forth and administered the Mosaic law, which was a tutor (Galatians 3:22-25) to bring forth Jews unto Jesus. The Law was composed of prophecies, types, shadows, etc. that would lead men to Christ – the author of eternal salvation (Hebrews 5:8,9). Notice, the Hebrews writer states how he and other Christians experience “the great salvation” (Hebrews 2:3,4) and are to hold fast to it lest they should drift away through unbelief. That is how angels served those would inherit salvation from a historical perspective.

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Joey FerrellHebrews, Angels