Angels (Part II)

As we continue our discussion on angels, we find Scriptures that help us understand the differences between humans and angels. There has been some confusion surrounding this issue, as some have been led to believe that humans become angels when they die. The Word of God is truth and brings understanding to this question. When Jesus was being questioned and tested by the Sadducees concerning resurrection of the dead, Jesus answered them in Matthew 22:30,
“For in the resurrected state neither do men marry nor are women given in marriage, but they are like angels in heaven.”
The Word says that we become like angels, meaning we have a spiritual body. It doesn’t say we become angels. Paul speaks plainly about the resurrected body in 1 Corinthians 15:44-46.
He says, “It (the body) is sow  a natural (physical) body; it is raised a supernatural (a spiritual) body. As surely as there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, The first man Adam became a living being (an individual personality); the last Adam (Christ) became a life-giving Spirit (restoring the dead to life), but it is not the spiritual life which came first, but the physical and then the spiritual.”
Those that are in Christ on earth and those that are in Christ in heaven are referred to in the Bible as saints. As Paul writes to the Colossians, he tells them he became a minister because he was entrusted to
“make the Word of God fully known among you—the mystery of which was hidden for ages and generations (from angels and men), but is now revealed to His holy people (the saints).” Col. 1:25-26
God has offered the gifts of reconciliation, forgiveness and salvation to people. According to Hebrews 2:16, He did not offer the same to the angels:
“For, as we all know, He (Christ) did not take hold of angels (the fallen angels, to give them a helping and delivering hand), but He did take hold of (the fallen) descendants of Abraham (to reach out to them a helping and delivering hand).”
Peter agrees when he writes the following:
“For God did not even spare angels that sinned, but cast them into hell, delivering them to be kept there in pits of gloom till the judgment and their doom.” 2 Peter 2:4
As saints, are we even aware of how much we have to look forward to?
Paul writes, “Do you not know also that we (Christians) are to judge the very angels and pronounce opinion between right and wrong for them? How much more then as to matters pertaining to this world and of this life only!” 1 Cor. 6:3
In all things, we must remember that Jesus has all authority. Peter writes in 1 Peter 3:22—
“And He has now entered into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with all angels and authorities and powers made subservient to Him.”
-Pastor Laurie

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