All Christians have the Hope of being in Heaven one day. We look forward to being in the presence of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit for all eternity. We long for the day that we will see our loved ones who have passed on before us, as well as all of the faithful men and women who lived since the beginning of Creation.
Another wonderful thing that we have to look forward to is getting to witness the wonderful celestial beings that also reside in Heaven which are mentioned in the Bible. Over the course of three articles, I want us to focus our hearts and minds on these amazing beings, created by God. We will start with the group of them that seems to be the most familiar to people, yet about whom there are many misunderstandings. Then, we will look at two more groups about which there is not as much familiarity. Can you think of the group that is most familiar to people? This group is known as the angels. Let’s look at this type of celestial being in more detail.
We do know that angels take the faithful who pass away into Paradise as Luke 16:22 teaches. As we experience death, there are those loving angels to comfort us. They take us into our Paradise home.
Although we are lower than the angels, we have the hope of being more like angels when we reach Heaven! Those who pass away do not become angels, as angels are spiritual beings that are separate from humans. “For in the resurrection they neither marry, not are given in marriage but are as the angels of God in heaven” (Matthew 22:30). We will be among the angels when we reach a home in Heaven, but we will not be angels. We will, in fact, be transformed upon the Day of Judgment as this mortal body is transformed into a resurrected body that will live eternally with God and His angels! “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (I Thessalonians 4:16-17).