Does The Bible Teach That All Young Children Have Angels Protecting Them Like Christians Do?


Hebrews 1:14

14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve those who are going to inherit salvation?

Angels are only sent to those who are about to get saved, those who call on the name of the Lord through faith in Jesus as seen in Romans 10:9-10;13 which says, 9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 One believes with the heart, resulting in righteousness, and one confesses with the mouth, resulting in salvation.

13 For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

A person who does not profess faith in Jesus will not have an angel assigned to them. The same as a child because they need to understand the gospel or the message of Christ to be saved (Romans 10:17). Remember that the angels are given to those who have repented and given their lives to Jesus, A child doesn’t understand sin and the implication of it. When I use the word child I’m referring to the age of innocence.

A child is innocent of doing deliberate sin but nonetheless he/she is born in sin according to Psalm 51:5 which says, 5 Indeed, I was guilty when I was born; I was sinful when my mother conceived me.

A child needs Jesus as much as an adult does.

If a baby or an adult with mental disabilities dies, Jesus gives them the message before the entry into eternity is final. He gives them the opportunity to choose Him or not by giving them understanding since they didn’t have it when they were alive on earth.

I want to make this very clear in regards to my explanation of the death of a baby and a mentally disabled adult that it is my sole opinion and only my opinion because the Bible doesn’t say with clarity what happens. I based what I think might be on an infant death going to heaven on 2 Samuel 12:23 which says, But now that he is dead, why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I’ll go to him, but he will never return to me.”

David’s infant died and he said that he will end up being with him in heaven after his death.

Matthew 18:10

10 “See that you don’t look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that in heaven their angels continually view the face of My Father in heaven.

Some people believe that this verse is referring to children having guardian angels which Hebrews 1:14 puts that misunderstanding to rest but for the sake to fully understand this truth I will continue further. It is very important to go to scripture without any preconceived notion to truly grasp the true meaning. The last thing you want is to tell people something that isn’t true.

Let’s back up from Matthew 18:10 and start, in the beginning, to see in its full context what Jesus is teaching His disciples.

Matthew 18:1-5

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 Then He called a child to Him and had him stand among them. 3 “I assure you,” He said, “unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child—this one is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoever welcomes one child like this in My name welcomes Me.

In verse 1 the disciples wanted to be better (exalted) than the others in heaven (in position).

For Jesus to address their pride in verse 2 which you cannot have in heaven, He brings a child to illustrate how humbleness looks like.

In verse 3 when Jesus said the phrase “unless you are converted and become like children” He is not saying to have a mind (lack of knowledge) like a child but is in reference to their humility in believing everything and learning what the parents say and obeying them. A Christian is to do likewise in regards to living a life in obedience to God’s Word.

In verse 4 Jesus is not saying in the passage that the child is saved but to have the quality or character of a child’s humility. To be exalted or put up on high one has to first be made low, humble.

Remember Jesus is talking about a believer but is using a child as a symbol or an illustration on how a Christian should act. Jesus is teaching His disciples this lesson.

In verse 5 the word “child” is defined in verse 3 with the phrase “unless you are converted and become like children” to mean a person who called on the name of the Lord and believed in Jesus, this is who Jesus is referring to because to call on Jesus is only done through a humble heart. If you welcome a Christian is like welcoming Jesus Himself and why is that? Because a Christian has the Holy Spirit living inside of him.

Matthew 18:6

6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.

The phrase “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—” is not talking about literal children but those who have converted by faith in Jesus Christ to become like “little ones” or children meaning humbled themselves in the sight of the Lord. The verse is clearly talking about a believer in Jesus because it says, “—those who believe in me—”

Throughout Matthew 18 it is evident that Jesus is talking about adults who are Christians, not children but using the children as a picture of humility, being easily molded and teachable.

Now, let’s revisit verse 10 of Matthew 18 which says, 10 “See that you don’t look down on one of these little ones, because I tell you that in heaven their angels continually view the face of My Father in heaven.”

Who are the “little ones” that have angels who are assigned to them (not next to them) but are in heaven waiting for a command from God? The answer is a person who has decided on their own to follow Jesus by acknowledging their wrongs and confessing (having faith) that Jesus is Lord.

Do children have angels? No, only those who are saved by believing that Jesus died on the cross for their sins and on the third day rose from the grave victoriously.

6 Replies to “Does The Bible Teach That All Young Children Have Angels Protecting Them Like Christians Do?”

  1. “24 A dispute also arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. 25 Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors. 26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.”

    Luke 22:24-26

    Contention is a fact of life no human is exempt from. It is recorded in Scripture multiple times even with those who walked with Jesus in the flesh and those who are greatly used by God to further the gospel. Humility does not come easy for most of us. No wonder it is pleasing in God’s sight since the person has to make a conscious decision to quell the desire that screams of self (denying oneself).

    Thanks for putting emphasis on the symbol that Scripture already clearly defined.

    1. You’re welcome, humility comes first and foremost through the conviction of the Holy Spirit and acknowledging our need for Jesus. A child cannot confess what he/she doesn’t understand and it is clearly defined in scripture who He gives His angels to.

      1. Yeah. Each person has an appointed time where a deliberate choice has to be made. Clearly this excludes being born into Christianity since as a child, they cannot ultimately choose for themselves yet to accept or reject salvation. I do believe that since God already ultimately knows who will receive Him, the one who is to inherit salvation, they already will have their guardian angels.

        When it comes to humility, the first stage is to acknowledge one’s need for a savior but the second stage is a lifelong process we all have to go through.

        1. ” second stage is a lifelong process we all have to go through.”

          The 2nd stage is the hardest because depending the level of our faith at the time is how we will react to a particular circumstance. We are a working progress until we make it to heaven.

    1. Hello Cheryl, thank you for taking the time to comment. I would respectfully disagree with you. We have to put aside our personal beliefs and base our understanding in what the Scripture actually reveals. Nowhere in the Bible does it say that children (infants and the age let’s say before teenager) have a guardian angel. The bible says that only the saved have them. Show me one verse that clearly states that children (non-Christians) have angels assigned to them?

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