We began last week discussing some common questions that folks have about things concerning God. Things that people sometimes find confusing. We are answering them from the Word of God. We will look at another one today.
The question is about angels. When someone dies, even Christians will sometimes say that God just received another angel. So, the question is:
Do people become angels when they die?
No! People never become angels, ever. Angels are heavenly beings, created by God for His purpose. We were created by God as well, but we in His image. We as humans were given an eternal soul. God created us to love and have fellowship with Him, and to glorify Him. (See purpose here). People are a complete and separate creation, and will never at any point become angels. New Testament believers will someday become the bride of Christ, but that's a whole different topic. :)
Of angels, we know there are many in heaven-- more than a hundred million! Revelation 5:11 - "And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands."
Angels minister to God and praise Him in heaven. Psalm 148:1-2 - "Praise ye the Lord. Praise ye the Lord from the heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts."
Angels are sent by God to bring messages to people here on earth. Luke 1:13 - "But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John."
Angels minister to and even look out for us:
Hebrews 1:14 - "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"
Daniel 6:22 - "My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me..."
And they rejoice when someone gets saved!
Luke 15:10 - "Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth."
Or, at the very least, they are present and in the midst of the rejoicing.
By the way, no angel has ever become a person, either. But angels have been known to take on the form of a person to do God's work. Many times. And sometimes we interact with them, thinking that they are people!
Hebrews 13:2 - "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares."
Just thought I'd throw that in to give you something to think about as you go about your day, interacting with strangers. :)
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