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HEAVEN…In What Way Will We Be “Like Angels”?

Scripture says that when believers die, they will be “like angels”. What does that mean?

Does it mean, as some suppose, that we actually become angels? Or does it mean that in some way we become like angels?

To find the answer, let’s look first at how the Bible describes angels and human beings. What are the similarities? What are the differences?

Angels are spiritual beings created by God to work as His agents, messengers, and servants. They are sent to help those who inherit salvation. (Hebrews 1:7,14; Colossians 1:16; Mark 13:27; Psalm 103:20-21; Luke 1:18-20; Hebrews 1:14)

Described as “mighty”, angels are not limited by the physical world, and they never die. Neither do they marry. Scripture expressly forbids the worship of angels. ( Psalm 103:20; Acts 12:7-11; Luke 20:34-36; Matthew 22:30; Revelation 19:10)

Satan (the devil) was once an angel with great responsibility. He was called Lucifer, which means “light-bearer”. Scripture records that He desired to become like God and led a third of the angels in rebellion against God. (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Luke 10:18; Revelation 9:1, 12:3-4,7-9)

The Bible refers to “fallen angels”, “wicked spirits”, and “demons”. Satan and his ”angels” roam the earth, opposing and hindering the gospel and the work of God. (2 Peter 2:4; Matthew 12:43-45; Luke 8:2; Matthew 13:19; 1 Thessalonians 2:18)

What does the Bible say about human beings? Like angels, people were created by God and called to worship and serve Him (Genesis 1:26-27; Revelation 19:10).

Unlike angels, people were created in the image of God. Adam, the first man, was given authority to rule over the earth. Every individual has worth and a unique purpose. God loves every person and desires a personal relationship with each one. (Genesis 1:1, 26-27; Matthew 6:26, 10:29-31, 12:10-13; Jeremiah 1:4-5; 1 Corinthians 12; John 3:16-17; Luke 15:11-32; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

God’s heart is to restore the relationship that was lost when our first parents, Adam and Eve, chose to disobey their Creator. God sent His Son Jesus Christ to pay the price for our sins on the cross. This salvation – forgiveness of sins, restored relationship, and eternal life through accepting Christ – is offered to every person. (Genesis 3:1-24; Romans 3:10-12, 23; Romans 5:12-21, 6:23; Isaiah 59:2; John 3:16-17; Colossians 1:13-14,19-20)

People are different from angels in other significant ways. We are limited by the physical world and physically die. God ordained marriage for us, not just for companionship but for procreation, to re-populate the earth.

Let’s look now at Luke 20:34-36. This verse answers the question, “When we die, in what way will we be “like angels”?

The context: Jesus was being tested by some religious leaders who did not believe in the resurrection of the dead or in angels. They asked Jesus what would happen to a woman who had been married multiple times on earth. Whose wife would she be in the resurrection? Luke 20:34-36 is part of Jesus’ answer.

Luke 20:34-36   “Jesus said to them, ‘The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.”

Matthew 22:30, a related verse, says simply, “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.”

When we die, we will not become angels. We will be like them in that we will live forever and have no need for marriage. There will be no exclusive or sexual relationships in heaven. Every person will enjoy perfect spiritual relationships with others.

What Do You Think?

The “good news of great joy” is that God has provided the way for us to receive forgiveness of sins, a personal relationship with Him, and entrance to Heaven. That way is by trusting in Christ as our Savior and Lord. If you do not have assurance that you will experience the joy of Heaven, read “How Can I Know God”.

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  1. RaTu50  August 27, 2017

    I recommend Billy Graham’s book, “Angels”. It is an excellent guide to understand angels and our relationship.

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  2. Tom covino  October 19, 2017

    Thank you for sharing this to the world of Christians and non Christians. No doubt, we will not have marriages in heaven.
    I find it amazing as a Christian myself ( beginning at age 34) that there is so much division; not about Angels , but so many doctrinal issues that matter most. For instance, when is someone saved? I hear these answers: receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! #2 say the sinners prayer. #3 believe on the Lord and you will be saved. Believe and repent and you’ll be saved .
    How about we read what Jesus and the Apostle Peter said ( after Jesus resurrection) on how to be saved…. ” He who believes and is baptized shall be saved” mark 16:16
    After believing Peter on the day of Pentecost that they killed the messiah , they asked Peter and the rest of the apostles… WHAT SHALL WE DO? Peter didn’t say receive Jesus into your heart! Because they already had. He didn’t say… pray this prayer! What he did say is…. ” REPENT! ( but not by itself) and be BAPTIZED! In the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins . ”
    I pray to God that all will teach the same thing when asked how to be saved. If we say what Jesus and Peter said, then we are giving out the same gospel plan for saving man.

    God Bless,
    Tom

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    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight  October 19, 2017

      Tom, thank you for your comments. I certainly agree with you that we should teach the truth about the most important issue: the gospel, how to be reconciled to God. On my website (wordforlifepublishing.com), I endeavor to focus on this truth. More on that in a moment. I also believe it is important to teach clear biblical truth about every area of our lives. Though issues concerning angels do not usually divide Christians, still, there is rampant confusion about the differences between human beings and angels, about what we will experience in heaven, and what we will be like there. My goal in publishing this particular post is to clear up that confusion. In the end, what we believe has an impact on our relationship with God.

      Now as to how one actually gets saved, the Bible is clear that every person in the world is a sinner in need of a Savior, and only Jesus Christ is that Savior. He is the ONLY way to God. Only God is completely righteous and holy. Every person has rebelled against God and is deserving of punishment. Furthermore, there is nothing we can do to make ourselves right with God. We can never be good enough to attain to His perfect standard of right thinking, speaking, and behavior. We deserve punishment. That punishment is death: God’s wrath, judgment, and an eternity of torment in hell, separated from God forever. But God, because of His great love for us, intervened! He sent Jesus, His Son, to live a sinless life on earth, to take our sins upon Himself, and to die on the cross in our place. Jesus took the punishment we deserved. Then God raised Him from the dead, declaring to all that Jesus’ sacrifice had satisfied the perfect justice of the Holy God. Now God has promised that He will freely forgive and give eternal life to those who believe and personally accept what Jesus has done for them on the cross.

      Those who desire to accept Christ should repent of their sin ((Acts 2:38, 17:30-31, 20:21), turn to the Lord (Acts 20:21), and confess their faith in Him (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 10:32). What about water baptism? Is it necessary? In the New Testament, a person was water baptized (immersed) as soon as he or she believed in Christ and turned to Him (Acts 8:36-39, 16:30-33). According to Romans 6:3-7, in baptism, we identify with Christ, with His death, burial, and resurrection. Jesus Himself was baptized. He commands us to follow Him. He commands us to make disciples, to baptize them in the name of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit, and to teach them to obey His commands (Matthew 27:18-20). If we have truly accepted Christ, why not be baptized? It is an essential part of claiming salvation.

      For more concerning these truths, read “Our Beliefs”, under the “About Us” tab on my website. See also “How Can I Know God?” under the “God” tab. You will also find a clear presentation of the gospel in many of my articles and blogs. Once again, thank you for caring and for sharing your thoughts. May the Lord increase our understanding more and more.–Wendy

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      • Ray Combs  December 23, 2018

        Baptism is the symbol of what has already occurred in the heart and life of one who has trusted Christ as Savior (Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12). Baptism is an important step of obedience that every Christian should take. Baptism cannot be a requirement for salvation. To make it such is an attack on the sufficiency of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. source; https://www.gotquestions.org/baptism-salvation.html

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        • Wendy Knight  January 5, 2019

          Ray,
          Thank you for your comment. I agree with all you have said. Perhaps you are referring to my article “How Can I Know God?”. In that article I do say that in the NT, salvation and baptism go hand in hand. What I meant is, new believers are shown going down into the water immediately after receiving salvation.
          I appreciate you seeking truth, and making it known.–Wendy

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  3. Sasha Gracanin  April 24, 2018

    You are wrong. How do you know how angels are? Did God not make every being in such manner, having a mate? Yes, people will not marry, because each person will be with its mate, thus, there is no reason for them to marry and be remarried. Is the woman not made out of the man, thus, the man needs to be with his wife, in order for them both to be complete and did they not become one? How can you say that there will be no sex in heaven, procreation being the most divine thing mankind can do? The only difference will be the fact that couples will not fornicate with other peoples mates, as they do now. Do not bend the Word of God, lady.

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    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight  April 25, 2018

      Sasha,
      I appreciate that you’ve read my blog and have taken time to write a comment. However, I will stand by what I’ve written.

      You fail in your comments to cite any Scripture to back up your reasoning. As any interpreter knows, we first let the Bible speak for itself. Concerning angels and heaven, we only know what Scripture tells us.

      Jesus clearly said there are no marriages in heaven. This was His reply when asked the question, “Which of a woman’s seven husbands would be her mate in heaven?” (paraphrased, Luke 20:34-36; Matthew 22:30).

      Matthew 22:30 says simply, “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.” This indicates that angels do not marry.

      The Bible does not specifically say whether or not there will be sexual activity in heaven. But Jesus’ statement about no marriage infers that there will not. God’s Word says, “No sex outside of marriage.” God never changes, so His command doesn’t change when we get to heaven.

      In Luke 20:34-36 (cited above) Jesus also said that people who go to heaven cannot die anymore. Thus procreation, a main purpose of sex, would no longer be necessary.

      This does not mean our spiritual bodies will lose their gender characteristics. Jesus’ resurrection body retained the characteristics that made Him male. People recognized who He was.

      One final thought: The Bible describes Jesus followers as the bride of Christ. Jesus is called the Bridegroom. In heaven, there will be a wedding feast. All who belong to Christ will enjoy a perfect union with the most wonderful, loving, kind, gracious Bridegroom of all. It will be a spiritual union that far surpasses any earthly pleasure…forever.

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  4. Tony  June 28, 2018

    Wendy, thank you for your thoughts. I was browsing the phrase “be like angels” and I stumbled on your blog. I was looking into the phrase because I was correlating it with the Catholic idea that saints can hear us. As a Catholic Christian, I believe that those, in Heaven, can hear us and pray for us to Our Lord Jesus since we are all members of His mystical Body, the Church.
    God bless.

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    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight  July 2, 2018

      Tony, thank you for your comment. It prompted some research on the topic. As with anything we hear, we should always search the Scriptures to see what is true.

      Our best knowledge on this topic is the book of Revelation. Four Scriptures are referenced below. As you read them, keep in mind the important points below.

      1. Though “prayers of the saints” is mentioned, no details concerning the path (who, what, when, where, how, why, etc) are given.
      2. In the Bible, the word “saints” refers to all Christians – all those who are saved. It also translates as “holy ones”.
      3. Incense represents our prayers to God through Jesus’ name. Nothing indicates that prayers should be to anyone but God.
      4. In one or two Scriptures, it appears some in heaven see earth.
      5. Remember the word “angel” means “messenger”.

      Here are four Scriptures concerning this topic:
      Revelation 5:8 (Elders carry prayers of saints before God. Saints living on earth, not Catholic saints.).
      Re. 6:9-11 (Souls of martyrs under altar [5th Seal] – seem to be praying against those who persecuted them.).
      Rev. 8:1-5 (Angels stood at altar with prayers of the saints – prayers rise to God).
      Rev. 19:1-2 (Those in heaven see what has happened on earth. No persecutors are still alive.).

      Tony, thank you again. God will bless your efforts to seek truth by studying His Word.
      –Wendy

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  5. Eric Breaux  February 3, 2019

    God creating Eve for Adam to cure loneliness, so marriage won’t exist in the the renewed creation because of how many people there are now, is inconsistent. If simply being more aware of God’s presence and love makes marriage unnecessary, than God would have had no reason to create gender and sex to fulfil a different kind of intimate desire to begin with, because God and Adam had exactly that kind of relationship we’ll have with him in the renewed creation, before Eve was made. God still made the marriage union and different genders and the ability to reproduce from sexual attraction. Death being the reason for reproduction contradicts us having that ability during conditions when death wasn’t a factor. At the beginning God said for us to be fruitful and multiply, giving no indication it was to ever stop. Sexual desire for someone your married to isn’t even sin, so there’s another reason it doesn’t need to be destroyed. Food isn’t necessary for an immortal life either, but the only creation of God that isn’t renewed is the intimate marriage relationship with couples, which produces much greater joy and pleasure than food? That makes no sense. Just because some people manage to not care if they can continue having a sinless sexually intimate relationship with someone for eternity, doesn’t make it fair to teach that those who do care should just get over it somehow.
    Jesus was only referring to the act of marrying and being given in levirate marriage anyway, not the actual state of being married. Being married to Jesus is meant metaphorically, and is supposed to be how believers relate to him now, so being married to him contradicts the prudish interpretation of people neither marrying or being given in marriage at the resurrection. We couldn’t be married to Jesus then either. The description is given of God as a husband to his people in parts of the old testament, like Hosea, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. That wasn’t meant to sever marriages of male and female couples anymore than being described as married to Jesus is. We see that the creation account of Genesis and old testament descriptions of God being married to his people contradict the prudish interpretation of what Jesus taught about the future fate of marriage. Bible scholars N. T. Wright and Ben Witherington have studied the context of what Jesus said about marriage to the sadducees.

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    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight  February 4, 2019

      Eric,
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
      –Wendy

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    • Robert Driskell  July 3, 2019

      Hi Eric,
      Could you tell me where (what books or writings) I might find N. T. Wright’s and Ben Witherington’s views on this subject. I really like a lot of what Wright and Witherington have to say on other subjects. I would like to read what they have to say about this one.
      Thanks a bunch,
      Robert

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  6. Estella Torres  April 25, 2019

    April 25, 2019
    Thank you for putting it simple enough to understand the question that I asked. May God Bless You

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    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight  April 26, 2019

      Estella, thank you for reading the blog. I’m glad it could answer your question. God bless you too–Wendy

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  7. Robert Vincent Gustafson  June 4, 2019

    In your article you subtly changed what Jesus Christ actually said. >> “When we die, we will not become angels. We will be like them in that we will live forever and have no need for marriage.”

    Jesus Christ did not say that when we die, the saved will be like the angels. He very clearly said—at the resurrection.
    He did not say: when we die.

    Sincerely, Robert G.

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  8. John Mountford  September 10, 2019

    I have often wondered what it would be like in the Garden of Eden had sin not entered the world and Gods original plan for us had gone ahead in a sinless perfect state. I think I can safely say that procreation would have taken place as per Gods command and the earth filled with people, so the question arises, would people have married and given in marriage? Another question arises. Did God create only a certain number of souls and when all the number of souls had been born, procreation would cease and no further births and perhaps sex?
    This may seem a pointless question but I believe it relates to the new heavens & new earth. If God is going to restore things to the way they were in the beginning then how will the new heavens & earth be like the original if many things like sex & procreation cease? If we will retain our gender and there is no sex then surely God will remove our desire for close ntimacy and sex. I understand that as part of the bride of Christ we will experience great joy & happiness and intimacy with him, but it is hard to imagine not having intimacy with the opposite gender when God originally created us for that.

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    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight  September 23, 2019

      John, thank you for your comment. The Bible doesn’t specifically answer the questions you have raised. We must look at what it does tell us, but anything beyond that would be speculation. You said, “I understand that as part of the bride of Christ we will experience great joy & happiness and intimacy with him.” I think this is key to what it will be like in the new heavens and new earth.

      True, God did create us in the beginning to have intimacy with our spouse and procreate. And to this day, mankind has been fulfilling God’s mandate. But the Bible tells us that when Christ returns for His people, our bodies will be changed. We will receive new, glorified bodies like Christ’s. We are not told how this will affect sexual desire, but it is noteworthy that Bible passages relating to the new heavens and new earth make no mention of sexual relationships between people. Instead, the emphasis is on God’s glory and the worship due Him.

      We must remember that in the beginning, God also created us to have relationship with Him. He created us to worship Him and to have intimacy with Him. In the new heavens and new earth, it may be that our marriage relationship with Christ will be so wonderful, so satisfying and all-encompassing, that thoughts of our former way of living will not even enter our mind. We will experience the joy of “God with us”. As the psalmist said, in His presence is fullness of joy; at His right hand are pleasures forevermore (Psalm 16:11).

      John, thanks again. Have a beautiful day in the Lord Jesus.–Wendy

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  9. John Mountford  September 10, 2019

    Most theologians believe that the Nephilim were created by fallen angels procreating with attractive human women. That being the case angels must be able to have sex. Fallen angels at least. How do we know that angels in heaven don’t or can’t have sex?
    John M.

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    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight  September 23, 2019

      John, thank you for your comment. We only know what the Bible tells us, and it doesn’t tell us how the Nephilim were created. So any of our thoughts on angels’
      ability to have sex would only be speculation.

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  10. Mduduzi Promise  February 19, 2020

    Dear Mom Wendy

    We thank God for you and for your wisdom the world is in need of ministers like you who will proclaim the truth about the gospel of Christ I am really blessed by your teachings. I am a founder of a new ministry” God has called me to teach the truth about Salvation and soul winning and the coming of Jesus Christ, I am asking for prayers as am battling to break through in my ministry the name of the Church is The Kingdom of Green Pastures in Royalties may God bless you Mom Wendy

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    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight  February 22, 2020

      Mduduzi Promise, I pray that God will strengthen you as you seek His wisdom regarding the ministry He has for you.

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  11. Randman  June 2, 2020

    In regards to the apparent discrepancy between the Nephilim and being like the angels in heaven which do not marry, may be found in the choice of words which Christ used, “The angels in heaven”. In other words, angels that are in heaven are still following their designed spheres of authority, but those which have fallen to earth have abandoned their designed purpose.

    Jude may be alluding to that when he says in 1:6 “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” So a scriptural solution could be found in simply taking Christs’ words to be drawing a distinction between those angels which are in heaven and those which have fallen. Then Jesus is not just saying that we will be like the angels, but that we will be like the angels which are in heaven.

    Also it doesn’t follow that we will necessarily be in heaven, Christ is not (in this verse) saying that we will be in heaven, but rather that we will be like the angels that are now in heaven. There is some scriptural evidence that we in-fact will be part of what Christ is doing at the culmination of the ages, here on earth at the unification of the kingdom of heaven and the earth. Rev. 11:15 “And the seventh angel sounded, and there were great voices in Heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign for ever and ever!””

    Amen, come quickly Lord Jesus.

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