Friday, October 02, 2009

Cooperation with angels

Cooperation with angels


The word harmony is defined as a pleasing combination of elements in a whole.  The word harmony is a derivative of the Greek word "harmos" which means joint.  The Greek word was "harmonia" and it meant: agreement.  It means that things match, they go or work together. 

The term is used a lot in music.  In music it is a combination of sounds considered pleasing to the ear.  Specifically, it is the simultaneous combination of notes in a chord.  In Harmony, you add a different note or notes to the notes of the melody, giving it pleasant texture and feeling.  If the notes go together we call it harmony, if they do not go together we call it discordant.  Some other examples of harmony, are:  color harmony; the order and harmony of the universe. It also referred to A collation of parallel passages, especially from the Gospels, with a commentary demonstrating their consonance and explaining their discrepancies.  Sometimes we talk about being or working in harmony.  This means being in Agreement in feeling or opinion; being of one accord.  It is the act or state of agreeing or conforming.  Sister White uses this term referring to Angels. 

"Angels work harmoniously. Perfect order characterizes all their movements. The more closely we imitate the harmony and order of the angelic host, the more successful will be the efforts of these heavenly agents in our behalf. If we see no necessity for harmonious action, and are disorderly, undisciplined, and disorganized in our course of action, angels, who are thoroughly organized and move in perfect order, cannot work for us successfully. They turn away in grief, for they are not authorized to bless confusion, distraction, and disorganization. All who desire the cooperation of the heavenly messengers must work in unison with them. Those who have the unction from on high will in all their efforts encourage order, discipline, and union of action, and then the angels of God can cooperate with them" (Ellen G. White, Testimonies to Ministers, p. 28).


The last sentence of Sister Whites is very interesting. It refers to those who have the unction from on high who are these? We know that the unction refers to oil, which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. So the sentence means that those who have the Holy Spirit will in all their efforts encourage order, discipline, and union of action, and then the angels of God can cooperate with them – work harmoniously with God, His angels and others.  Can any of us actually do these things? In fact, will we even have the desire to do them? Will the purpose of anything we do be to be in cooperation with the Angels? To all three questions the answer is, "I doubt it."  Not unless we are yielded ( in submission) to the Holy Spirit indwelling us.


Do Angels have the unction? Are Angels yielded to the Holy Spirit? Does the Spirit indwell them? As far as I know the Bible does not so they are yielded, but it does not say they are not. We assume they are, because the do they seem to willingly do Gods will. When you contrast them with the fallen angels you can assume they are, because the fallen angels are not doing His will.  The same reasoning goes for the indwelling Holy Spirit: if He does not dwell in the fallen angels then He must in the un-fallen angels. They must have the unction of God.


Paul elaborates Romans 8: 4 – 9,


Rom8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

Rom8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.

Rom8:6 For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

Rom8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

Rom8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

Rom8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.


Those who in whom the Spirit dwells walk in the Spirit, and not in the flesh.  They are not carnally minded, but Spiritually minded.  They are in harmony with God.  When He dwells in us and we do His will, we are doing as the angels do. So we are in sync with them or we are in phase with them.  When we have the unction – the Spirit dwells in us – we will work in harmony with God, and others. 

Raul Diaz