By   •   January 26, 2006   •   Topics: ,


My sister lost her small son a little over a year ago, and on the anniversary of his death she put a poem in the paper to remember him. It said something about him being an angel now. Is that what happens to us when we die and go to heaven, that we become angels?


I know your sister was sincere, and I respect her sorrow and her desire to remember and honor her son–but no, we don’t become angels when we die and go to heaven.

The truth is, when we 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 heavenly beings” (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 will judge angels?” (1 Corinthians 6:3). While this verse may be referring to the rebellious angels who chose to follow Satan, it still implies that our status after death will be above that of the angels.

All of this, I know, may seem like theological hairsplitting to you. But don’t lose sight of the central truth: When we know Christ, we know that this life is not all, but ahead of us is the joy of heaven. May your sister take comfort in this truth, and in the fact that her little son now is beyond all the pain and suffering of this world. Is this your hope as well? It can be, as you give your life to Christ and trust Him as your Savior.

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  1. Ana says:

    Yes, I know but in the economy collapse, even if I escape to my other countries where I have citizenship I will be beheaded. For my faith I will die. So here is the question, if we don’t become Angels which I knew, what do we become? Are we like our human looks but more beautiful and holy and sinless?

  2. Edith says:

    To Billy Graham,
    I’ve been struggling with the question of becoming Angels when we die, so I thank you sincerely for this answer that settles it for me once and for all. I’ve greatly admired U Sir… in your old age as I am aged as well. God Bless you. There is no one like you!!

  3. Nicholas says:

    I hope when I die I hope I become an angel God please let me become an angel please❤️ I love you God and jesus

  4. Bernice Thompson says:

    I enjoy the truth that is told in your comments . Thank you .

  5. Sallie harlan says:

    Explanation of death & angels is explained very simple. Thank you.

  6. Wendell says:

    Yes I like what I read on the spirit and life after death, there are some people that came in my life that don’t really know about the spirit and life after death, or don’t see them self as a spirit living in a physical body.

  7. vivian says:

    I believe in Angels.

  8. Lusi maly says:

    Thank you for such Biblical clarification