Guardian Angels

      My wife loves Hallmark movies. And truth be told, I enjoy them too. I think we watched the majority of the movies that Hallmark Channel had on during the Christmas season. Everything always turned out “happily ever after,” which was a nice escape from reality.

      Something came up more than once in these shows that caught my attention. The same idea in the Hallmark movies was also put before me at a Christmas lights display that we walked through in a local community and I also heard it in a recent secular song that is being played on country radio. It is a belief that has been around for some time and has been popularized by Hollywood and “pop” theology – it is the belief that people who die and go to heaven become angels.

       Is this idea biblical? Is it true that people become angels when they die?  No, people do not become angels after they die. Angels are a different order of creation than people. God made Adam after his own image (Genesis 1:26), but it is never said that angels are made after His image. Sometimes people will attempt to comfort others by saying that those loved ones who have passed away have become angels in heaven, but this is not so.[1]

       Angels are God’s special agents to carry out His plan and to minister to the followers of Christ (Hebrews 1:13-14). There is no indication that angels were formerly humans or anything else – they were created as angels. Angels have no need of, and cannot experience, the redemption that Christ came to provide for the human race. First Peter 1:12 describes their desire to look into the Gospel, but it is not for them to experience. Had they been formerly humans, the concept of salvation would not be a mystery to them, having experienced it themselves. Yes, they rejoice when a sinner turns to Christ (Luke 15:10), but salvation in Christ is not for them.[2]

       The truth is, when Christians die and go to heaven we become even greater than the angels! The angels are spiritual beings who were created by God to be His servants, and God has given them great authority and power to do His will. And at the present time the angels are greater than we are, because God made us “a little lower than the angels” (Psalm 8:5).

       But the Bible also says that in heaven we will be higher than the angels – and the reason is because we will be like Christ. The Bible says, “Do you not know that we shall judge angels?” (1 Corinthians 6:3). While this verse may be referring to the rebellious angels who chose to follow Satan in his fall, it still implies that our status after death will be above that of the angels.[3]

       Don’t lose sight of this central truth: When we know Christ, we know that this life is not all, but ahead of us is the joy of heaven and eternity with Christ. It will be “happily ever after!”

       In the meantime, let’s not build our theology from It’s a Wonderful Life or the Hallmark Channel or even our own hopes that our loved one is now an angel watching over us. Let’s allow the revealed Word of God, the Bible, to shape our beliefs and let’s put our trust in His Word. 

 

Dr. Timothy Mann

Senior Pastor

[1] Matt Slick, Do People Become Angels After They Die?, https://carm.org/do-people-become-angels-after-they-die (accessed January 15, 2018).

[2] Do we become angels after we die?, http://https://www.gotquestions.org/become-angels.html (accessed January 15, 2018).

[3] Do we become angels when we die and go to heaven?, https://billygraham.org/answer/do-we-become-angels-when-we-die-and-go-to-heaven/ (accessed January 15, 2018).