I know that not all angels have wings. But what about the old saying that angels must earn their wings, and why do they need wings? If they are spirits, they can float about, why need wings? And when do they earn them?
The Bible doesn't tell us that much about angels, and that is our only source of dependable information about spiritual beings.
That "old saying" is only that, and it has nothing to do with truth or reality. The Bible says nothing about angels earning their wings; it does say that God created them, and there are good angels and evil angels. Whatever wings they have were given to them by God.
Why do they need wings? The description of seraphim in Isaiah 6 says that those angels had "six wings: with two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying." Wings were used to show respect to God by covering their faces and feet, but they also used them to fly. I don't know why--maybe because it's fun? :::::smile:::::
Hope this helps separate the cultural ideas we have about angels from some of the biblical truth about them. My guess is that God doesn't tell us a whole lot about angels because He knows we'd concentrate on them instead of on Him. And holy angels would be horrified by that prospect!
About the Author
Sue Bohlin is an associate speaker with Probe Ministries. She attended the University of Illinois, and has been a Bible teacher and conference speaker for over 35 years. She is a frequent speaker for MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) and Stonecroft Ministries (Christian Women's Connections), and serves on the board and as a small group leader of Living Hope Ministries, a Christ-centered outreach to those dealing with unwanted homosexuality. Sue is on the Bible.org Women's Leadership Team and is a regular contributor to Bible.org's Tapestry Blog. She is also a professional calligrapher and the webmistress for Probe Ministries; but most importantly, she is the wife of Dr. Ray Bohlin and the mother of their two grown sons. Her personal website is suebohlin.com.
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