Humankind and Angels

Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: 'Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!' (Revelation 5:11-12 NIV)

An architect leaves his stamp upon the great buildings he has designed. A notable artist leaves his mark and personality on his paintings. The same principle applies to the visible and invisible worlds. We call them two worlds, although probably they are but one. Godís stamp as designer and creator is there, just as His own mark and personality can be found throughout the sacred Scriptures.

God has told us much about His invisible world and kingdom. In that telling He has revealed many things about the heavenly beings that do His will.

Angels are an order of transcendent beings. They are shown to be holy and they are shown to be sexless. Jesus in His earthly ministry, speaking of the resurrection and the coming kingdom, said that we will be without sexual identification in that heavenly abode - "like the angels" (Mark 12:25). But we will not become angels in the life to come, contrary to what some have believed since childhood. God makes it clear that we do not change from one species to another. We are redeemed human beings, and we look forward in faith to the day of our resurrection and glorification as redeemed human beings. Angels are one order of created being; humans are another (Hebrews 2:16).

If angels worship You, how much more should I, O Lord. You have redeemed me, cleansed me, and are in the process of transforming me. Thank You!

Astounding as are the angelic beings whom God uses concerning us, angels have never experienced the joy our salvation brings. Christ died for us, not them. He has sent His Spirit to live in us, not them. He took on our nature, not theirs.

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