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. sheryl says:

    I believe in God our creator. I believe All the angels are males. I believe in heaven and hell. Not everyone will go to heaven.

  2. Edith Tadlock says:

    I enjoy reading your comments !

  3. Kelly Ramsey says:

    Thank you for making this question my non-believing friends have more understandable.

  4. Dan Stephens says:

    So much clearer and understandable

  5. Savannah white says:

    That’s the best way I’ve ever heard it explained in my life you are a very intelligent person and I’m glad I came across this to read myself 🙂 thanks have a blessed day!!!

  6. Joe says:

    Thank you for clarifying this. So many people are mistaken about this topic. Praise the Lord, all his angels and saints and to all who come to know Him.

  7. Rick says:

    Praise The Lord….. Thank-U, Jesus…….

  8. Rebecca Middleton says:

    This is a subject not seen discussed very often. Thank you.

  9. Marilyn Sanchez says:

    Yes. I. Do. Believe. There is. A god. And. A. Heaven and. And. I. Believe. That. Everyone. Will. Get. A. Chance. To. See. It. Praise. The. Lord.

  10. Daffodil says:

    I was wondering the same.but i do know you have to believe in jesus christ and ive been reading my bible watching tbn and knowing more about Lord im so thankful for him i luv him so much!!!!