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. David Canaday says:

    I lost my brother to cancer a few weeks ago. And people have come up to me saying he’s a angel looking down on me from heaven. I know he accepted Christ along time ago. Thank you for reaffirming what I already knew,

  2. Eva says:

    Thanks for enlightening me that our loved ones don’t become angels as many of us thought. Yes, I agree that we will be like Jesus Christ.

  3. Michelle Dana says:

    I am always blessed by you. All of my life, you have been a great example.

  4. Bev Ayers says:


  5. Patricia Jackson says:

    Amen. Needed to read this.

  6. Crystal Patterson says:

    Amen amen amen amen

  7. Dr Gerald Montgomery says:

    I see this in the paper all the time where people are talking about their loves ones who have died and left this earth, people do not become angels as Billy Graham so clearly explains, it may give the family some comfort to think this….but the truth is the truth..we do not become angels. The angels were created by God to serve him period.