This is the 8th blog in my Heaven Revealed series. After being asked about Heaven on several occasions it inspired me to dig deeper into the scriptures to find out the answers to questions that I may have thought about as a child, but hadn’t considered until recently asked. This week we are going to explore what scripture says about angels. Do we become angels when we go to Heaven?
This series has opened my eyes to things I’ve always said to my children or others that are not accurate and muddy the waters in our understanding of Heaven. After someone’s death have you ever said, “Well, Heaven got another angel today?” or “Now we have another guardian angel to watch over us.”? Let’s take a look at what the scriptures say about this.
Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! 1 Corinthians 6:2-3
We will judge the angels? Wow! Never considered that would be an option. If we all turn into angels when arrived in Heaven then who would be in charge of them. Let’s look at one more. These are some of the verses we read to my grandfather often as he was dying with cancer. Read these verses slowly and let them soak in.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2 Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, 3 because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4 For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5 Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.6 Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7 For we live by faith, not by sight. 8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:1-8
What is mortal “will be swallowed up”, but who we are here (in spirit) moves with us into eternal life.
Clearly, there angels and humans. Angels are referenced all through scripture. They have come here as our protectors, (Matthew 18:10, 4:11, 25:31, etc.) messengers for God, (i.e. Genesis 19, Daniel 10:13, etc.) and even escorted God to check on earthly things. (i.e. Genesis 18) We don’t start out as human and then turn into angels once we arrive in Heaven. This doesn’t mean that we don’t have a miraculous eternal life or won’t know what’s going on here while we are in Heaven. It doesn’t mean we won’t hang out with the angels once we arrive. It just means that we were chosen to be born human and live eternally without turning into an angel. I wonder how we will be in charge of them? How will our jobs differ? Oh, there is so much to look forward to as we prepare (here in our temporary home) to live in our eternal one.
Let me close with what Jesus said in Matthew 18:10 (Parable of the Lost Sheep)
“Watch that you don’t treat a single one of these childlike believers arrogantly. You realize, don’t you, that their personal angels are constantly in touch with my Father in heaven?” (MSG)