What Does the Bible Say About Guardian Angels?

Whether you think of the angels that met the shepherd’s to announce Jesus’ birth… or perhaps you think of beings with halos and harps… most people have questions about whether or not angels exist. What does the Bible say?

Does Matthew 18:10 support the idea that all children have guardian angels?

By Mike Nappa

This passing statement by Jesus has been used as the primary proof-text for belief in guardian angels, along with Acts 12:15.

Theologians like Dr. Louis Berkhof, however, say these verses are flimsy evidence on which to base the larger doctrine. Others, like the sixteenth-century Reformer John Calvin, are skeptical of the idea but unwilling to rule out guardian angels completely. Calvin wrote, “When Christ says that the angels of children always behold the face of his Father, he insinuates that there are certain angels to whom their safety has been entrusted. But I know not if it can be inferred from this, that each believer has his own angel.” Calvin does acknowledge, however that early church fathers held “a common belief that every believer has a single angel assigned to him.” This was consistent with the Hebrew culture of Jesus’ time that also affirmed a belief in at least one guardian angel for every Jewish person.

As for me, I’m inclined to believe that guardian angels do exist and work in concert with the greater angelic host to fulfill God’s intentions toward his people. I see that as an easy logical assumption from Matthew 18:10 and other Scriptures (for instance, 2 Kings 6:15–18; Psalm 91:9–11; Luke 16:22; Acts 12:15, among others). The existence of guardian angels is also something that’s consistent with Christ’s character and care as revealed in Scripture.

Ron Rhodes, expert in angelology, sums it up well, I think:

Whether each of us has just one angel watching over us or many, we cannot say for sure. Yet one thing is certain: If we as Christians were more fully aware of God’s provision of angelic protection … we would most certainly be less fearful.

Ron Rhodes

Sources: ST 147; ICR 94; AAU 167–168, 170; IBB 93

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One Thought on “What Does the Bible Say About Guardian Angels?

  1. This is really intresting! I don’t see a lot of people cover guardian angles thanks!

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