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By   •   January 26, 2006   •   Topics: ,

Q:

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?


A:

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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42 Comments

  1. Dylan says:

    Rick Bolten@ At the end of you message you say “But we are not angels there…angels are angels and we…well we are home and you will know in your heart that you are HOME. And you will feel great peace. But we are not angels, not from what I saw and heard.” Read this article from Billy Graham and you will find your answer. http://billygraham.org/answer/do-we-become-angels-when-we-die-and-go-to-heaven/

    But, you were right. Just some details sense you weren’t sure.

  2. Yohan Pasupulati says:

    Earthly lower than angels but heaven greater than angels.

  3. Alice says:

    Thank you! I like what you answered.

  4. govinda says:

    who wrote the bible anyway? There is proof that the most important teachings of Christ have been removed by the church centuries ago. What is the proof that any of this is true?

    1. BGEA says:

      Govinda, thank you for your message. Billy Graham tackled this very topic in one of his My Answer posts. Read what he had to say: http://billygraham.org/answer/who-wrote-the-bible-and-how-can-i-know-that-its-true/

  5. Ty says:

    Thank you for that. I needed it. My brother in-laws parents died and he is going through some tough times and I needed that message. Thank you.

  6. Jean says:

    My daughter died 2 weeks ago and I am waiting for a sign that she is happy in Heaven. I am told I will see an image of her as I’m awakening from sleep.

    1. D says:

      God comforts the mourning. If you have faith and put your trust in Christ, he will give you signs. You will know it’s from God. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Heaven is perfect. No sadness, sorrow or pain. God bless you. I also lost my child 9 months ago. Pray and ask God to give you strength each day.

    2. Rick Bolten says:

      A few years ago I was hurt in a construction accident and required extensive spinal surgery. A few months after the surgery I was sent to physical therapy at which time a blood clot released and made its way to my lungs and long story short…I died. Was only gone for 4 and a half minutes but long enough to know…there is a heaven…there is a God…he knows your name and you will be at peace. They sent me back..though I really didn’t want to come back but knew I had to. But we are not angels there…angels are angels and we…well we are home and you will know in your heart that you are HOME. And you will feel great peace. But we are not angels, not from what I saw and heard.

  7. Claude callender says:

    Heart soothing and uplifting