Equal to the angels
For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are
as the angels of God in heaven.
Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the
children of God, being the children of the resurrection.
1 Corinthians 6:3
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to
Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his
commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a
flame of fire.
Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his
hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire
out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the
angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.
And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name,
seeing it is secret?
For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar,
that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar.
2 Samuel 14:20
To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and
my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things
that are in the earth.
1 Chronicles 21:15
And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying,
the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that
destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood
by the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.
2 Chronicles 32:21
And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the
leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with
shame of face to his own land.
My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have
not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before
thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the
water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was
made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the
glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost
And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into
The foregoing references are only a few of those that are contained in the Word
of God and they each display in varioue degrees the power and abilities God has
bestowed on the angels.
For example :-
1 The capacity to enter and exit burning fires as though it does not exist
2 To travel unhindered through any and all physical abjects and matter at the
speed of thought,
3 To handle physical objects of great weight with no effort
4 To impart healing at the behest of the Lord
5 To destroy cities and armies singlehandedly and inflict punishment
6 To control wild and untamed animals
7 To never be able to die
8 To worship God in a way that far excells what we are presently capable of
9 Etc, etc, etc
There are probably many other abilities that can be attributed to the angels
that we know nothing of, but the ones I have mentioned present a picture of
angels as awesome individuals in the service of the living God.
In Luke 20 - 36
Jesus said that those who are worthy and are resurrected to life will be equal
to the angels of God being children of God. In
1 John 3:2
we read "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what
we shall be: but we know that, when
shall appear, we shall be like
; for we shall see
is." Since our Lord and Saviour is far above all angels in power, might,
righteouness, glory etc and since the Word of God says we shall be like Him, I
think we can assume that the resurrected believer will excell in all things
above the angels. Paul in writing to the Corinthians said "know ye not that we
shall judge angels? "
(1 Corinthians 6:3)
I am not clever enough to explain this but my simple understanding of God's
Word tells me that these angels cannot be the fallen ones since in the life
hereafter they are consigned to the lake of fire, therefore one would think
that some of the holy angels must at some time disagree with one another (after
all they will be nearly human then) while the saints will be nearer to being
godlings. Paul also talks about the believers judging the world and how to
judge matters in wisdom and righteousness between ourselves as a forerunner to
I wonder why Paul says in verse 4 "If then ye have judgments of things
pertaining to this life, set them to judge
who are least esteemed in the church
." Is it because they have no status to maintain ? Is it because they will have
no favours to return? Is it because they are more humble or lower in society
and treat others as equals and not as lesser persons? Is it because they have
nothing to prove? Is it because they have a life with more hardship and so are
predisposed to being fair? Is it because they have nothing to hide? Is it
because they have no ambitions of grandeur? Is it because they have no friends
in high circles? Why? I think that merits a talk on it's own.
Once everyone is resurrected some to a life with the Lord and others to
condemnation it will not be possible to for anyone to die, thus punishment for
the sinner will be eternal as it will be for satan and his angels.
And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life;
and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
(Rev 20. v10, 14 & 15)
There is a faction of "hunanity ?" that will never be resurrected and these are
they who are the offspring of the illegal and unrighteous liason between fallen
angels and ungodly women.
These beings had earthly mothers but no earthly fathers so are not considered
to be part of the human race.
So the saints will have similar capacities and abilities to the angels. Notice
Judges 13 v18
, the angel says "Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?" and
Rev 2 v17
the Lord says "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna,
and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a
new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it
." this is another suprising similarity to the angels, in the story of Manoah
the angel does not reveal his name but completes his task and vanishes. The
white stone must be some sort of jewel rather than just a piece of white rock,
and since I don't much about jewels I can't say more on that subject. The
giving of a new name to every believer by God seems to me to be the Father
renaming or calling His children by names which have much more meaning to and
for each person. Since mankind is created in the image of God and God is an
individual with many names and titles unique to Himself then His children must
be renamed in like manner otherwise there will thousands of Johns, Bills,
Marys, Ruths and all the other names mankind uses to identify itself and often
falsely. When God names or renames in His Word all names have a specific
meaning and reason for being chosen. It may be possible that the names of those
people whom God has named and renamed in His Word will remain unchanged for all
eternity since God says "my Word will not pass away" The Word of God declares
He calleth all the stars by name, and there numberless billions of them so
renaming all the saints just ain't a problem. Because man is made in the image
of God every man and woman must have a tiny little bit of the character of God
in ther makeup so no 2 people are exactly identical even identical twins have a
minor difference somewhere in their nature, So the almighty God would I think
rename all His saints accordingly. I don't know how many angels there are but
there must be trillions and each one has his own name unduplicated and
unshared. We have an inconcievably awesome God !
In the physical and human realm there are many barriers, some metal, some brick
walls, walls of stone in fact walls of anything mankind can fabricate and
fashion with the power of his mind and hands. In the spiritual realm there is
no such thing as a wall except that which may be constructed by God. Since
nothing physical can inhabit the spiritual realm there are no barriers for
angels whether good or bad to negotiate. Also since time is not a part of
eternity as some people think, cos time is measurable and therefore finite and
will have an end at Gods discretion and eternity has no end or beginning nor is
it measurable and since distance follows the same rules and since the speed of
light is constant and subject to the laws of physics , none of these things can
affect the movement or transposition of any being that is spiritual. Therefore
the angels can move/travel faster than the speed of light and are not subject
to any kind of gravity nor heat nor cold nor any kind of detrimental or adverse
conditions that we humans are so familiar with. Angels can move at the speed of
thought, imagine being in LA California and thinking you want to be in Paris
France and you are suddenly there. So if we will be equal to the angels then
what a glowing prospect we have for the future and that is only a small part of
it. In our new bodies the ability to worship and glorify God will be greatly
enhanced and infinitely more rewarding. In our new bodies, tiredness, day and
night, sleep, hunger, thirst, boredom, manual labour, time, disease, want or
need of any kind will not enter the equation.
we read "For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in
marriage," I'll bet a lot of people heaved a sigh of relief when they read
that, no more nagging, no more burnt dinners or "your dinners in the dog", no
more "where have you been?" or "I bumped the car" or "they're your kids you
sort em out"
We've all said similar things at some time or other being as we are all human.
In the resurrection all will be answerable to the Lord and not past wives or
husbands. Sex and the need or desire for it will be done away with but men will
still be men and women will still be women and recognizable as such or how else
could you share joy and rewards together for the work you did for the Lord on
earth. I think that in such a righteous and holy atmosphere in the presence of
the Lord those kind of thoughts and needs will never arise in our new celestial
bodies and there will be no secret places to hide in anyway, so no need to
worry about birth control or a pay rise to keep your head above water. Not only
but also the knowledge and wisdom of every believer will be increased so there
should not be any idiots or fools in heaven. When God declares that time shall
be no more and all evil is cast into the lake of fire, all spiritual warfare
will be ended, so I would imagine that many many angels will be re-assigned new
careers or positions according to will of God or perhaps revert to their
original reasons for being created.
1 Corinthians 2:9
says "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that
love him." This would seem to be a direct reference to the only other verse in
scripture that makes a similar statement and it is found in
and reads as follws "There is a path which no fowl knoweth, and which the
vulture's eye hath not seen:" ,while these verses are no doubt a reference to
the christian way of life I think they could also be applied to the future
life with the Lord God in eternity. I look forward to meeting the man Christ
Jesus and son of the Living God who gave up everything in glory and died for me
on a cross. This totally unselfish act of inconceivable love and mercy has more
than won my heart and devotion, it asks for all that I am for time and eternity
so it's gonna be more than great to be equal to the angels. Blessed be the name
of the Lord.
Written by Wilf Mossop