When Someone Dies, Does God Gain Another Angel?

When Someone Dies, Does God Gain Another Angel?

Shane Pruitt – @shane_pruitt78

(This article was also picked up by Hello Christian, Christianity Today, & The Christian Post)

I stood behind a podium in the funeral home staring at a crowd of a couple hundred people. With sweat beading on my forehead, a lump in my throat, and a knot in my stomach, I repeated the only thing I believed could help in this dreadful moment—hope from the Scriptures. Between the crowd and me was a casket that was exactly three feet in length with a child that was way too young inside of it. The funeral of a short-lived life are never easy to officiate.

No matter the age, death is an inescapable reality for all of us. Ironically, many of us fear the death of family and friends more than we fear our own death. It’s this kind of death that produces extreme pain that stirs our emotions to grasp at any hope we can muster to cause our hearts a brief moment of rest from the affects of brokenness over unbearable loss. In the midst of this grasping and searching for the right words to help others, or to even to soothe our own souls, we tend to believe and say things that are not necessarily biblically true.

Too many times to count, in seasons such as these I’ve heard people say and/or post on social media, “God gained another angel today.” This brings on a cause for cringe, but I also strongly believe that it’s not helpful to dive into theological debates while someone is in the midst of extreme hurt. Often, the best thing we can do in these times of loss is to hurt with them, hold them, and just listen. However, in moments when cooler heads and hearts can prevail, we will be significantly more encouraged and empowered by biblical truth than we will ever be by pithy statements. Especially, ones that aren’t even true.

Here is the plain and simple truth. Humans are humans, and angels are angels. This remains so even in eternity. In fact, angels are intrigued by the interaction between God and His “image-bearing” humans: “It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look (1 Peter 1:12).”

Humans are humans, and angels are angels. This remains so even in eternity. Click To Tweet

It’s actually better for you to be human than it is for you to be an angel. Most Bible scholars believe that the Scriptural accounts of Ezekiel 28:12 – 18, Isaiah 14:12 – 14, and Revelation 12:4 describe the fall of Lucifer (a former angel) and one-third of the angels (now considered demons) that joined his revolt against holy God. What’s sobering about the accounts of these fallen angels is that their judgments were final, with no hope of redemption, forgiveness, or grace. I believe this what the 1 Peter passage is discussing, when he says, “things which angels long to look.” They are astonished by God’s unconditional love for you!

God so loved humans that He sent His Son to become a human (although, He also never stopped being God) to die as a human for humans! What great love God has for us as human beings. “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).” Christ died for people, not angels! Through His resurrection, Jesus conquered the sin and death for people, not angels! Through faith in the Son of God, we get to experience grace, hope, and complete forgiveness of our rebellion against Him – angels never get to experience this!

Through His resurrection, Jesus conquered the sin and death for people, not angels! Click To Tweet

Here is our ultimate hope: when a loved one dies knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior, God does not gain another angel. Rather, God calls another worshipper to come home. Your loved one gains the opportunity to see Jesus face to face. They get to leave this temporary place for their eternal home in the arms of their loving Father. You can have absolute peace knowing that God and His Word can be trusted. Let the promises of the Scriptures mend your broken heart knowing that your loved one, if they knew Jesus, is more alive today than you are—not as an angel, but rather, as a fully glorified human being with a perfect heart that is no longer susceptible to sin, a mind that is no longer susceptible to depression, or a body that is no longer susceptible to disease or death!

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Christian brothers and sisters, take heart, if you’re a believer and follower of Jesus, then one day you’ll see you’re Christian loved one again. You’ll see them perfectly human through your perfectly human eyes, and together you’ll see the perfect Jesus who loved humans so much that He laid His life down for them!

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Shane Pruitt

Jesus follower, Husband, Father, Speaker, Writer

9 Comments

  1. no—all angels are men==no women or children, as in the bible—=angels aren’t needed in heaven

  2. I totally agree that we do not become angels, nor do they have a salvation plan. One thing you may want to clarify (Shane), is the verse in Matthew 22:30 “For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.” I can see some people getting confused by this verse.
    Terry Z.

    • Terry.. I see it much different than you do. I see it this way.. that when the time for the resurrection happens.. which is after the judgement of all mankind.. each being judged by their works.. where they be good or evil.

      II Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that everyone may receive a reward of the deeds done in the body; things according to what he hath done, whether good or bad.

      · Revelations 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

      · Revelations 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works.

      · Matthew 12:31 And again I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

      · I Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear;

      For at that time.. “in the resurrection” people will not be given the opportunity to marry nor given in marriage.. after their lifetime they spent with a spouse. They will be just like the Angels.. who are not married.. nor are they given in marriage.

  3. Wow.. it has always been my belief the we are the Angels. Those who have come to this earth. Lucifer.. a son of the Morning.. took one third of the hosts of heaven with him in his rebellion. The other 2/3 are us.. the people who get to come to earth.. gain a body.. and then return to the spirit world. Our “Angels” are often our ancestors who have been assigned to us.. by God. When one dies.. the body “sleeps”.. but the spirit continues. In the resurrection.. the body then reunites with the spirit.. in perfections.. where not one hair is lost. As God told the prophet Jeremiah

    “Before I formed thee in the belly
    I knew thee;
    and before thou camest forth out of the womb
    I sanctified thee,
    and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

    We are the Children of God. The “Breath of Life” that God blew into Adam and Eve.. was the spirits he created before the world was. The spirits that made up the “Hosts of Heaven”. Now that… is the truth!

      • Yes.. the ones that appeared to humans in the Bible… were male. But to assume that makes all angels male.. well.. is just an assumption. If there is a Father… and there is a son.. does it not fit that there would be a Mother as well? For why would God make man in his image.. both male and female.. if there were no females?

        • you don’t add, subtract, or assume about the bible—it is what it is

          • What make you think that God spoke of all the Mysteries of the Kingdom of God?

            Christ even said to his Apostles… “12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.” John 16:12

            11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. Matthew 13:11

            Just because it is not spoken.. does not mean it is not.

            Tell me… did God really harden Pharaoh’s heart so that he would not let the people go… just so he could bring many plagues upon them?…

            3 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.

            13 And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said.

            14 ¶ And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go. Exodus 7:3, 13-14

            4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord. And they did so. Exodus 14:4

            20 But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go. Exodus 10:20,27

            10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land. Exodus 11:10

            I find it so strange that God would actually be the one to harden the heart of Pharaoh.. and then punish him and his people for hardening his heart. But like you say.. It is what it is?? Really.

            And yet.. Samuel says:

            6 Wherefore then do ye harden your hearts, as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? when he had wrought wonderfully among them, did they not let the people go, and they departed? 1 Samuel 6:6

            Did Pharaoh harden his heart? Or was his heart harden for him by God?

            Everything is not always as it seems.

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