(I have to say that for my first post about faith, I’ve chosen a subject that can be rather daunting and possibly offensive to some. However it isn’t my intention. I will try to do this with as much tact as I’m capable of. I can’t say that I feel graceful in my words, but I do try to use biblical references to reinforce them. The study of angels [or Angelology as it’s called] is soo much bigger than anything I could post in one blog. There is a large number of books written about it. Consider this a mere drop of information in a great sea. If this is a subject that interests you please message me and I will try to refer you to some of the more well written books. )
There is a misconception out there that when you or your loved one passes they become an angel with wings and are able to watch over you as a guardian angel. But that’s what it is.. a misconception.
The image of an angel is comforting for most believers and even those who aren’t. That whomever has passed is now in a better place as a winged being.. a sort of graduation from earth. Honestly when someone states that their angel is watching out for them or they ‘received their wings’ I immediately want to correct them but I know it’s not the time or place. Really what time is? To lose a loved one is so very hard.. anything to console us is enough. But it isn’t. Your loved one.. your child.. is not an angel. They are so much more.
Angels were created separately and for a separate purpose than humans. According to the Bible, Angels are servants to God. They are spirits that are, of course, higher than us here on earth, but they exist with great power and authority to do Gods will. They have no need nor do they experience the redemption that Christ came to give to humans.
1 Peter 1:12 speaks of the gospel as saying “It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.” We are allowed to look upon the Gospel as often as we desire and dwell in it (The Bible). Something that angels separately would love to do, but it’s not for them to experience. Salvation…the Good News…the Gospel.. isn’t for them as they don’t need to be saved.
In 1 Corinthians 6:3 the Bible states that we will be called to “judge the angels”.. not to be of them.
Hebrews 12:2-232 states “You have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the Judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect.” Both Myriads of Angels and The righteous are separate. Two separate beings.. because we are higher than even the angels. When we die we sit at the thrown of Our Lord and of Christ at his right hand.
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 tells us what will happen to us when we go home.
The Coming of the Lord
13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, gthat you may not grieve as others do hwho have no hope. 14 For isince we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him jthose who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you kby a word from the Lord,4 that lwe who are alive, who are left until mthe coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For nthe Lord himself will descend ofrom heaven pwith a cry of command, with the voice of qan archangel, and rwith the sound of the trumpet of God. And sthe dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be tcaught up together with them uin the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so vwe will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.
We are all God’s children. As a believer or an innocent your loved one is truly now above all pain and suffering. ..they are indeed in a better place… but not as an angel.. as so much more. I’m not saying I don’t believe in angels; far from. I definitely believe they exist and serve our Lord. That they protect us and guide us. Someday we will go home.. we will be called to serve Our Lord alongside the angels, but as separate beings. Transformed like Moses and Elijah were when seen by Peter, James and John when they were given a glimpse of earth after it has been Glorified.
I read a book once and it has given me comfort moreso than that of those I have lost as cherubs or angels watching out for me. It is the vision instead of my loved one sitting on the lap of Christ as he gives them a loving hug and welcomes them home. The vision of those who went before them embracing them and welcoming them into the fold. Of grandparents and great grandparents never met and knowing who they are instantly. And of Glorified and transformed bodies free of pain or scars there to serve and worship Our Lord in joy and love. Free also of the constraints, suffering and evil of this world. To hug my nana again one day as a transformed and Glorified heavenly version of herself and knowing that that is how she has watched over me…..that vision, for me, dwarfs the idea of my loved ones gaining a set of wings.