Wild animals and angels

This is what happened to Jesus after he was baptized by John.

The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan.  And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.  (Mark 1:12,13)

This is also a summary of how a Christian lives after he is saved.  When we repent of our sins and place our faith in Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ and enables us to live the kind of life God wants us to live.  We also become citizens of Heaven.

Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.  (Philippians 3:20,21)

Although we are citizens of Heaven we remain on Earth.  We are no longer citizens here but foreigners.  Compared to Heaven this world is nothing but a wilderness and we are constantly tempted by Satan.  God allows us to remain under these conditions for two reasons.

The first reason is that the trials we face help us to develop spiritually and make us fit for Heaven.

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.  (James 1:2-4)

The second reason is that he has work that he wants us to do here.

We are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.(Ephesians 2:10)

When we have finished the work he has given us to do he will allow us to die and go to our real home.

During our time here we encounter wild animals.  Very few encounter any danger from literal animals, but the Bible compares unsaved people with beasts.

Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.  (Psalms 49:20)

Unsaved people are more dangerous than wild beasts and we have to interact with them all our lives.

We experience danger from the people we encounter but we also have angelic help.  Here is what the Bible says about angels.

Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation?  (Hebrews 1:14)

We see wild animals all the time.  Most of us have never seen angels.  I have never seen an angel unless some of the humans I have met were actually angels in disguise.  Yet angels have contributed much to our welfare and we probably could not have survived without their help.

Posted on April 11, 2020, in Bible study and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Yes!
    I have times where I feel like a COMPLETE STRANGER here… it’s a strange feeling that I can not explain…

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  2. Have a blessed Easter, Clyde!

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