The seventh verse of the sixth chapter of the Epistle to the Galatians: â€œBe not deceived; God is not mocked. For whatsoever a man sows that shall he also reap.â€ This admonition is given by the Apostle in immediate connection with the subject of contributions to the work of the Lord. He has just said to the brethren, â€œLet him that is taught in the Word communicate unto him that teaches in all good things.â€ And he says just below, in the same connection, â€œAs we have opportunity let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith.â€
I am short on time today, so just a quick comparison for you all to consider.
ESV Study Bible:
1:20 Angels of the seven churches might be human messengers, human pastors, or literal angels sent as messengers, but they are probably personifications of each church’s identity. Jesus will address his encouragement and/or rebuke for each church to that church’s angel. Cf. Dan. 10:13—14.
NIV Study Bible:
The first of several places where the symbols are interpreted (see also 17:15,18). angels. Either (1) heavenly messengers, (2) earthly messengers/ministers (see NIV text note) or (3) personifications of the prevailing spirit of each church.
NLT Study Bible:
1:20 John is to record what he sees because Revelation is an instructive word for the churches. – The angels (or messengers; Greek angelos) of the seven churches could be (1) the guardian angels of these churches (cp. Matt 18:10; Acts 12:15); (2) the leading officials of the churches (cp. Matt 11:10, where “messenger” is angelos); or (3) a personification of the ethos of the church. The best understanding is probably a combination of 1 and 3.