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What does it mean that we may be "entertaining angels unawares" in Hebrews 13:2?


Hebrews 13:2

ESV - 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Clarify Share Report Asked March 31 2014 Stringio Connie Van Amerongen

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Stringio Vin Smith Supporter Concert Pianist. Piano Tuner. Talk Show Host. Novelist.
...That actually happens. Humankind on a daily basis is an open book, a virtual morality play for all of creation in the latter days as sin plays out its string. It started with the original war in Heaven, and moved on to the Garden of Eden. 

Free will must have its chance. Once mankind is past all of this, anything that is tainted is over with. While sin plays out its role, the angels are amazed at what those who love God go through. When a new soul comes to Jesus, the angels cheer. When a human being responds kindly to an incognito angel, there is also great joy in Heaven. Think of how happy Jesus was when the Samaritan woman came to the well... As the Darby Bible Translation of John 4:7 tells us, "A woman comes out of Samaria to draw water. Jesus says to her, Give me to drink..." As a result of that encounter, many Samaritans were saved.

"Many of the Samaritans from that village committed themselves to him because of the woman's witness: "He knew all about the things I did. He knows me inside and out!" They asked him to stay on, so Jesus stayed two days. A lot more people entrusted their lives to him when they heard what he had to say. They said to the woman, "We're no longer taking this on your say-so. We've heard it for ourselves and know it for sure. He's the Savior of the world!" (John 4:39-42) MSG

Mysterious are His ways! Jesus--and His angels--use many encounters to reinforce His love for us. If, perchance, you ever have a chance to entertain an angel, you will be markedly blessed!

April 01 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Glen Jeffers Pastor and president of Christ In Us Ministries Int'l.
This seems like something very "spiritual" but I will put it in very practical terms.

In responding to marriage in the resurrection Jesus first chastised them for not knowing scripture or the power of God and said (in reference to this question) that these people will be like angels. The way I interpret that is when we come in contact with or talk about people we best be careful because they may be something completely different than what we see and hear with our eyes and ears. What I mean be that is we "must" love like Father loves (Ten Commandments all about love) so when we gossip, fight, argue, quarrel, have malice, are racist, look down on the homeless or poor, are selfish, conceited, backbite, are jealous, create tumults, have outbursts of anger or wrath, etc. We have mistreated angels. We did not recognize what these people may be in the age to come i.e. the new heaven and the new earth and therefore may be subject to judgment (Mat. 7:13-29, 13:24-30, 36-42, 25:31-46). There is a judgment coming even for those we say they follow Jesus Christ (and maybe more so) concerning how we treated other people (II Cor. 5:10-11).

Thus in the scripture referenced when it speaks of "hospitality of strangers" I believe it is speaking about people we come in contact with and we know not God's future plans for that person. That is why Paul warned us not to judge before it's time because we can not know the Lord's final judgment of that person (I Cor 4:1-5).

April 09 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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