Bible Question:

Can we command the holy angels? You mentioned that we cannot tell angels what to do. Can you give me a scripture reference for that statement?

Bible Answer:

The Bible never explicitly states that the angels are not subject to humans. It does not have to say that, since the Bible makes it clear that they belong to God and submit to Him. Here are some verses that remind us of this truth.

Bless the LORD, you His angels, mighty in strength, who perform His word, obeying the voice of His word! (NASB) Psalm 103:20

The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather . . . (NASB) Matthew 13:41

For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels . . . (NASB) Matthew 16:27

. . . the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire. (NASB) 2 Thessalonians 1:7

Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? (NASB) Matthew 26:53

These passages tell us that the angels obey God and they belong to Him. Notice that repeatedly the angels are described as “His” angels. That is, they belong to God. The Old and New Testaments repeatedly tell us that angels are God’s messengers. They are His servants.

Conclusion:

While the Bible does not say that we cannot tell angels what to do, it is a mistake to assume that we can. The Bible makes it clear that the angels belong to God and they are subject to Him. We do not own them, and scripture never gives us any account of anyone giving commands to angels.

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