In my last article “Heavenly Angels, Which Will You Be? Chained or Free?” I shared extensive information pertaining from “What are angels?” to “What is their position and purpose?” During my initial research, I found the information both fascinating, and to put it frankly, quite extensive. Therefore, it was necessary for me to share it with you in two parts. This is part two of two.
The questions that we asked range from “Will people be angels?” to “Is there a death angel?” People are curious, and many want to know the truth as to what will happen to them before and after death
, as well as their state of being after departing from the natural world. I hope that you too, will find answers to some of the questions that you may have thought about but never asked.
“Questions and Answer Session”
Q. “Do people become angels after death?”
A. Angels are an entirely different order of being than humans. Human beings do not become angels after death, and angels were never created as human beings. The Bible does not state that angels were created in the image and likeness of God as humans are (Gen. 1:26). Angels are spiritual beings that can, to a certain degree, take on physical form.
After death the spirit of the believer goes to be with Christ (2 Cor. 5:8). The believer does not become an angel. We will serve God throughout eternity, not as angels, but with the angels. The greatest thing that we can learn from the holy angels is their obedience to God’s commands. When God commands they act.
Q. “Are angels male or female?”
A. Scripture reference to angels are of the masculine gender. The Greek word for angel, in the New Testament, “angelos” is in the masculine form. The feminine form of “angelos” does not exist. Scripture reference to angels are of the masculine gender. The masculine pronoun is used many times to describe angels (ex.: “He is like” or “His appearance was like”).
Q. “Will there be such thing as gender in Heaven?”
A. Although it is not explicitly taught in the Bible, it seems most likely that people retain their gender after death. Our genders are a part of who we are. Gender is more than physical it’s a part of our very nature and part of the way we relate to God. Therefore, it seems that gender will be perfected and glorified in eternity. (It is also noteworthy that Jesus retained His gender after His death and resurrection.) Matt. 22:30 speaks of people after the resurrection not participating in marriage, however, this does not mean people are genderless. There is no real indication that the angels are genderless beings either.
Q. “How does the Bible describe the glorified bodies we will possess in Heaven?”
A. The Bible tell us that our glorified bodies are spiritual and will be imperishable, honorable, and powerful. We will be no longer focused upon the natural senses. The glorified body is not described as naked, but clothed in white garments (Rev. 3:4-5, 18), pure and undefiled by sin. Just as our earthly bodies are well suited for life on earth, our heavenly bodies will be well suited for life in heaven. We will have form and solidity to the touch, yet without hindrance to travel (John 20:19, 26; Luke 24:39). We will be glorified with Christ, and that glory will extend to the bodies that we will inhabit.
Q. “Do humans beings have guardian angels assigned to them?”
A. In the Old Testament, the nation of Israel had the archangel Michael assigned to it (Dan. 10:21; 12:1), but no place is Scripture states that an angel is assigned to an individual. Angels were sometimes sent to individuals, but there is no mention of permanent assigned angels. The Jews fully developed the belief in guardian angels during the time between the Old and New Testament periods. Some early church fathers believed that each person had not only a good angel assigned to him/her, but a demon as well. Although the belief in guardian angels have been around for a long time, there is no explicit scriptural basis for it. God does us angels to minister to us. Psalm 91 says that God will send ministering angels to protect us.
Q. “Do Christians have the authority to command angels?”
A. The study of angels is call “angelology” Many Christians believe they have the authority to command angels to do their bidding, while others believe that they can command angels in the mane of Jesus.
There are no instances in Scripture where humans were able to give angels commands, either in the name of Jesus or in their own name. There are no scripture passages where man has control over the work of angels. The teaching that believers have control over angels is false. Angels are called “God’s Holy Angels” who are sent to do His bidding (Matt. 25:31; Rev. 14:10), NOT OURS!