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Do We Become Angles After We Die?

Updated on January 8, 2013

What Does the Bible Say About Angels?


What Are Angels? - Do People Become Angels?

The word “angel” is of Greek origin. It comes from the word aggelos which means “messenger.” The Bible typically describes all angels, both good and evil, within specific categories; these categories include angels, archangels, principalities, powers, virtues, dominations, thrones, cherubim, and seraphim. Angels are mentioned no fewer than 108 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament, so there is ample information, enough to clearly answer the question about whether people do or do not become angels when they pass to heaven.

When a person dies, his/her spirit goes to be with Christ, assuming he or she is worthy. When people pass to heaven, they do not become angels; angels are created by God and are inherently different from humans. While popular culture depicts people becoming angels upon their passing, people do not become angels. Angels are special agents, created by God, who carry out God’s plan and minister to the followers of Christ. The Bible does not state that angels are created from people; angels were created for a specific task, as angels. It’s interesting to note that both Elijah and Moses, though glorified, were recognizable to Peter, James, and John, on the Mount of Transfiguration. They had not transformed into angels and instead appeared as themselves.

Angels are unique, because they have no need for redemption. They are not human, and while they rejoice when sinners turn to Christ, they themselves have no need for salvation. Salvation is reserved for people.

The Bible states that people who believe in Christ and follow the commandments will recognize one another and live with the Lord forever. We will serve Him, alongside angels, throughout eternity. When Christ returns, our bodies will be raised and made new, much like Christ’s resurrected body. At the return of Christ, all living, worthy believers will have their bodies transformed to be like Christ. They will be completely new in their spirits, no longer having a sinful nature.

Recommended Resources:

Colossians 1:15-17

Hebrews 1:13-14

First Peter 1:12

Luke 15:10

2 Corinthians 5:8

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

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