Eschatology

 

 

29. Shall we become angels when we go to heaven?

 

 

We won’t become angels when we die and go to heaven to be with the Lord.

We will remain what we are on earth, that is, human beings. In other words, when our soul departs from our body, it will not undergo any change, I mean that it will remain as it is now in our body.

The angels of God are heavenly creatures, therefore they are not the souls of those who have died in the Lord. That’s what we learn from what John wrote in the book of Revelation. For the apostle wrote that he saw “the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held” (Revelations 6:9 – NKJV) – those souls were under the altar which is before God -, and he saw also the angels, who stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures (Revelations 7:11).

Furthermore, you must bear in mind that the angels are ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation (Hebrews 1:14), therefore they are heavenly beings whom God sends to accomplish certain tasks on behalf of the believers who are on earth (the Holy Scripture confirms this many times), while the souls of those who die in the Lord are not sent by God to serve the saints who are on earth, but they remain in heaven.

In addition to this, the dead who die in the Lord cannot become angels because they are waiting for the resurrection of their bodies and when they are raised from the dead their soul will return to their body (that is, their soul will be reunited with their body), which will be a body transformed by the power of God into a glorious, immortal and incorruptible body. And bear in mind that even when the dead in Christ rise, they will not become angels; however they will be like angels because they don’t die any more. That’s the meaning of the following words of Jesus: “The people [lit: children] of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection” (Luke 20:34-36 – NIV)

 

 

 

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