28th November 2017

The Witness of The Archangel Gabriel 

“The angel said to him, ‘I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.’”
Luke 1:19 (NIV)

Gabriel is the name of the archangel that God uses to inform certain individuals of very important messages. He stands in the very presence of God. He knows the God he represents, and sees the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit in action. He is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament he was sent to Daniel to explain Daniel’s visions, although it did not make any sense to Daniel! (Daniel 8:15–27; 9:20–27).

In the New Testament he was sent to Zechariah, Elizabeth, Joseph and Mary, to foretell the births of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ. In his encounter with Zechariah, Elizabeth and Mary, there are three significant messages that we will do well to pay attention to. Although Gabriel has not appeared to us in person (and how amazing that would be—someone from the world of light talking with us face to face! Would we be gripped by fear as was Zechariah, and then be reassured by Gabriel?), his messages are applicable to each of us.

His first message is found in Luke 1:13 “…your prayer has been heard…” Gabriel stands in God’s presence and knows that when you and I pray, we do not go into the presence of God alone. By the Spirit, Jesus accompanies us, and prays with us, sanctifying our prayers and presenting them to the Father, who always hears the prayers of the Son. So Gabriel can confidently say that our prayers are also heard, as were Zechariah’s.

The second message from Gabriel is seen when he was in conversation with Mary, in verse 37 (ESV), “For nothing will be impossible with God” or in the NIV, “For no word from God will ever fail.” So we have a witness from the very presence of God telling us that nothing is impossible with God, and that his word will not fail.

The third message from Gabriel is that we must believe and not doubt. Zechariah did not believe what Gabriel told him, and was struck dumb, temporarily unable to speak (Luke 1:20). What will be the fate of those who do not believe God? Bearing in mind that God is not willing that anyone should perish, but everyone to repent—have a change of heart (2 Peter 3:9). Gabriel has shown us that believing God is of paramount importance. We can always trust God to do what he says in his word, the Bible. His word will never fail.

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for giving us your word, the Bible, where we can read about your amazing servants, the holy angels, who are sent to serve us, your children. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Sherwin Scott

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About the Author:
Sherwin Scott is a Deacon in the congregation of Grace Communion Church in Lewes.
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