Angels desire to understand those things that are of vital importance to the church. Several times in Scripture, we are reminded that the angelic host is watching and wanting to know the ramifications of Christ’s redemptive program to fallen humans. Peter says that the angels desire to look into the complexities of salvation as it has played out in God’s plan over the centuries. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 11 that the angels watch the gatherings of the church as it meets for the Lord’s Supper. Again, he says that we will judge the angels.
God withheld from us several mysteries and waited until His chose time for their unveiling. The great mystery referred to is the fact that Jews and Gentiles were to accept the same salvation by faith and enjoy the same blessings in Christ. For so long the Jews thought that they were exclusively the people of God. They believed that God could not give any of their blessings to anybody else, particularly to the nations of the world.
But the Jews had refused the good news that Christ preached. They rejected Christ by crucifying Him. In the book of Acts, a number of Jews came to faith in Christ and began to see that the blessings of Abraham could be enjoyed and appreciated by them solely through Christ, the risen Messiah. Some believing Jews felt that these blessings should not overflow to the Gentiles, even if they believed in Christ. No difference exists. One group is not better that the other. All are the same in redemption, sonship, sanctification, position, privilege, and all the other blessings that come to believers. Angels yearn to see that oneness in the body of Christ displayed by the church.
The angels are listening and learning. They are informed and interested. They are watching and wondering. They are observing us. What wisdom are we making known by our life and lips?