Have you ever had an encounter with an angel?

According to Bible Scholar Scot McKnight, an overwhelming number of people in today’s culture believe in angels, but many have never seen one working in their lives.

Regardless of whether or not you’ve ever seen one, Scot says it’s important to understand that angels are one of the means by which God chooses to meet us where we are at on earth.

“God loves us and he wants to be with us. He is for us and he wants to turn us into Christ-like human beings. Angels are a part of the mission of God for our own redemption and transformation. Angels dwell in the presence of God and they are sent on a mission.”

What does it mean by God sends angels for our redemption?

“What I mean by redemption is not just that we will get saved, but we join with the angels in worshiping God. We join them in their heavenly choir of praise to God.”

It’s a full circle.

“The angels are sent on mission because God wants to draw us into worship of Him and into glorifying Him.”

Angels have many specific roles; one of those roles is being a messenger for God.

For example, the angel Gabriel came to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and proclaimed the good news of what was going to happen.

“Gabriel comes to Mary and explains why she is going to become pregnant and what God plans to do with the child that will be born in her.”

Like in Mary’s case, angels reveal to us things that we would have never otherwise known.

“She’s thunderstruck by the opportunity and the moment, but at the same time, she seems to be thrilled that she gets to do this.”

To learn more about angels and their role in our lives today, read Scot’s book .


Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author or editor of 50 books, is a Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Ill. McKnight has given interviews on radio programs across the nation, has appeared on television and regularly speaks at local churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the USA and abroad. McKnight obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham.

Key Scripture: Mark 12:29-31

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