First, let me say emphatically that every act that the Lord commits towards man finds its foundation in His grace. We have the first instance of the word ‘grace’ found in Genesis 6:7-8, “And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. But NOAH FOUND GRACE in the eyes of the LORD.” What did Noah do to deserve God’s grace? NOTHING! That’s the beauty of God’s grace: it isn’t earned. It cannot be earned. The definition of grace is ‘unmerited favor’. Actually, grace is just the opposite of what we have earned!

Colossians 1:16 tells us, “For by him were ALL THINGS created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.” The angels are part of the Lord’s creation. They have been blessed to be in the presence of God and serve Him day and night. Psalm 148:2 says, “Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.” They are compelled to praise the Lord because they are part of His creation.

When the temptations of the devil in the desert was finished, we read that the “angels came and ministered unto him (Matthew 4:11). It was an angel who strengthened the Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:43). It was angels that announced the Lord’s resurrection by saying, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen.” (Luke 24:5-6) Angels rejoice when someone is saved (Luke 15:10). Angels are send to protect us (Luke 4:10). How important angels are!

Angels were created in perfection. It was said of Lucifer and is true of all angels in Ezekiel 28:15, “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created.” In contrast to that, men are not created in perfection. King David said in Psalm 51:5, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.” While angels have the capability to live without sin, men do not. Because of that, there is no redeeming grace offered to angels.

Let’s read Hebrews 2:16 in the KJV, “For verily he took not on HIM THE NATURE OF angels; but he took on HIM the seed of Abraham.” In this case, the KJV does not give an accurate rendering of the text. In the KJV, the CAPITALIZED words are italicized, which means they were added to the portion for the sake of clarity. However, in this verse, the added words confuse the true meaning. Let’s leave out those added words and see what this verse says, “For verily he took not on angels; but he took on the seed of Abraham.” Do you see how big a difference that makes? Let’s read that verse in the NKJV. “For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.” Let’s read it in the NASB. “For assuredly He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.” Let’s read one more version. The ESV says, “For surely it is not angels that he helps, but he helps the offspring of Abraham.” It is clear to us, then, that the Lord does not ‘give aid’ or ‘give help’ or ‘help’ the angels. The Lord does not offer His grace to angels because they were created in perfection and have the ability to never sin! Instead, the Lord offers His grace to us!

Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Titus 2:11 says, “For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men.” Have you availed yourself of the grace of God? Have you put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and received the gift of eternal life as an act of God’s grace? If you have not, I urge you to bow your knee and acknowledge the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. His grace is there for you to receive by faith. (227.10)